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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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(a blend of Series 1 & 2) ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark amber color, rich caramel malt flavor with noticeable bitterness. Slightly sweet and roasty finish, with mild hop aroma. OAK IMPRESSIONS: Flavors of French and American oak imparting unique qualities present in series one and two. Impressions of vanilla, toasted coconut and almond. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
This poured a murky brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was lots of very sweet dark fruits and some brown sugar. Flavor was lots of barrel, sweet pineapple and cream, and some caramel too. Interesting flavor but very cloying and sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours ruby with a small off white head. Aroma of fruity apples, pears and spice. Flavor is very sweet, sugary mixed fruit juices, light oakiness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a clear mahogany color with a 1/2 finger thick light tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor is full of esters and toasted malt. Didn’t get much oak. The esters really linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A good beer, but not as good as the first two. Thanks Tyler. GO STEELERS!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Unique. Tasted much more like a lager in its expression. Light bodied, slightly red, with lots of fruity taste. Very easy to drink and slightly sweet taste and after taste. Some toffee and caramel notes but mostly fruity, and very drinkable. I highly enjoyed this beer because it was very good at having a different taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
On tap at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. This should probably be classified as an American-Belgian strong ale. As a result, there’s definitely some unique qualities to this one. The pour was nice with a caramel cream head, wispy retention, and a deep amber-brown appearance. The aroma was very nutty. I’m not sure I’ve ever describes a beer as having a predominantly nutty quality to it but here it is. Notes of almonds, pecans, and nut cookie. Also, some berries, mild sweet fruit, caramel, darker woody grain malts, and light citrus. A strong feel, but well balanced. A high degree of bitterness, yet grainy sugar sweet at the same time. In the flavor, lots of Belgian toasted nutty caramel cookie malts, woody earth, some sweet mild fruits, citrus, and a light brown sugar spice. The finish is fairly sugary. Overall, this was a unique concoction with a lot of good things going for it. I liked.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Clear, light ruby color. No head. Huge fruit smell -- Apples, Pears, and Plum. Some yeast also. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet. Lots of Pear and Apple cider qualities. Also lots of caramel and roast characteristics. It’s almost too sweet, like drinking straight syrup. Very rich and sticky mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Draft… Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. The bouquet consists of raw, wet, white oak with hints of bourbon and caramel. Full-bodied and syrupy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is all about caramel, caramel and caramel with a drop of honey. Big time under-attenuated, but nice raw oak and alcoholic bitterness salvages the experience. Finishes sweet and caramely with a touch of woody bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
A reddish burgundy barley wine with no head. In aroma,fruity esters with burned caramel notes, treacle, light alcohol. In mouth, a smooth sweet barley wine with loads of warming alcohol, candy sugar, oily and viscous, lacking some complexity. On tap at Datz, Jan. 8 2011.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (2307) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Clear orange-brown pour with a thin light tan head that leaves a ring. Aroma is apricot, floral, caramel, dough and vanilla. Taste is sweet up front: dark fruits, molasses, and coconut. Wood and nuts come through later. Way too sweet for my tastes. Palate is medium with little carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable both in taste and warmth - but not offensively so.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bomber. pours a blood / crimson red with a small off white head that fades quickly. nice oak, vanilla, dark fruit and slight whiskey notes across the nose, but it starts to fall apart with the pronounced sweetness that seeps through. full body that is incredibly sweet & syrupy throughout. cherries, raisins, dates and bubblegum come forward towards the front. there are some really nice flavors going on, along with more oak and vanilla notes - however the cloying sweetness really makes this hard to drink - especially on the finish. a jumbled sweet mess on the end. I’m not sure what they mean by "slightly sweet". Not sure I can finish this bottle...


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