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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This Dark Strong Ale is rich in big malt character, candy like sweetness, and warming alcohol. Suggestions of chocolate and dried fruits pair well with oak and vinous notes from extended aging in Tempranillo wine barrels.


BillKismet's rating

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
For all purposes, this brew is black and sporting a deep caramel head. Smooth roastyness slips off the glass in cool fragrant pools. Tightly wound flavors reward you for staying with them in focused concentration. They finally seep through in waves of chocolate, fig, cherry juice.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Draught at Malt & Vine, Redmond, 9.9% ABV
Dark brown color with creamy head. The aroma is a bit yeasty and ashy. Good body strength, sweet, with strong caramel flavor, and correct bitterness.
Straight-forward beer, but good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (909) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
dark red brown some white head. Aroma of leather and dark malts. Taste big belgian yeast. dark candi sugar. Very sweet boozy desserty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (175) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Light brown color. Thin white head. Scent is spice and a little cherry. Taste is similar with some sweetness. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1128) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at Uber. Got to one before after4ever - youíre slipping man! Ruby pour , creamy khaki head. Aroma: cotton candy and bubble gum, mostly. Some cherries I guess. Taste brings some tannic astringency, oak and vanilla (all riding on the back of the bubblegum and cotton candy). Sweet. Full body, slick oily texture. Overall: wine barrels donít really come across that strongly to me, but final product is a nice Belgian strong dark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (239) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Bottle (22oz): drack brown with small tan head. Medium mouth feel. Chocolate and malts is the main thing I taste, but not overly sweet. Good brew.(h)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caskalefan (150) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Aged in Tempranillo wine barrels, this ale has a very intriguing underpinning which is rather more earthy and savory than sweet, and reminiscent of leather and fresh tobacco leaves. These flavors blend nicely with the notes of chocolate, fig, date raisin, prune, imparted by the blend of malts, and banana, and clove esters contributed by the Belgian yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFParnell (49) - Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Fruity flavored. Not really my taste, but very drinkable none the less. I have been trying to expand my horizons, and donít normally drink Belgians, but this one is fairly good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3790) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head on there. Nose had some slight elements of the Belgian yeast to it, with some dark wine elements as well; very subtle and well-played. Taste is slightly sweet, with some earthy and slight toast notes coming through. Very smooth and nice.


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