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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Wild ale. Pours pretty black with a active 4 finger foamy tan head. Aromas of sour and barnyard. Med body. Flavor is chocolate, some barnyard, and sour towards the finish. Maybe some coffee? A very different ale. My mouth keeps convulsing around the flavors. Extremely well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle picked up at StateLine... Black in color, doesnt let any light through. Monster three finger head that took a while to settle. Nose of some spices, yeasty, pepper, bread and malt. Taste is some chocolate, yeasty, roasted malts, and some spices. Lots of carbonation...Alcohol well hiddent. Very unique. Stout meets saison mix. Overall nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours turbid deep brown with frothy off-khaki head. Nose is hops, funk, cacao, yeasty spice. Tastes rock sugary malty, a bit charred and rauchy, with notes of cacao, hops, yeasty esters, Medium palate with a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a huge dark head over a murky deep brown body. Aromas of caramel, buckwheat honey, molasses, grass, roast, chocolate, and earth. Flavors of spicy grains, chocolate, grassy, citrus, light metal, candi sugar and biscuit. There is something on both the nose and in the flavor that I can’t name (and its bugging me). Its something floral or flowery and reminds me a bit of gin botanicals, but it isn’t juniper. Medium bitter and slightly leathery in the finish. Very lively bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 Bottle from State Line. Sweet multi-colored mineral nose, some fruity and spice-filled yeast. Dark black pour with medium brown edges and a tiny-bubbled rocky tan head that is, despite style, surprisingly manageable. Taste is strong chocolaty overtones with some roast, really a nice gentle roast aftertaste with highlights of tar and ash. Again, minerally with light orange blossom honey and extremely mild pepper. Alcohol is not very noticeable, very full and richly smooth body. There’s a touch of what I would call ’hot dog juice’, and I mean that in the culinary sense only. Fruity Belgian yeast more apparent to me after a little volume, and there are some floral notes that remind the tongue of what the nose smelled a few weeks ago (certain flower petals). Ginger warmth, a little juniper and mint. Memories of sandpaper. Really opens up the vault of secrets with a little warmth. Not a quaffer (it’s an extremely ’heavy’ beer), but very, very interesting -- the sort of flavor combinations only a frequent macerator (of perfumes!) could imagine. [2011.01.02: 3.6]

I really love this beer, probably my favorite from them. Much richer malt character, not overdone with floral or sour tones, not too heavy, has some dark fruit in the bg for interest, and more cherry this time. Sign me up for another [2014.09.06: 3.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Chocolatey brown with a big creamy cocoa colored head. Taste is dry and portery with chocolate roast. Some belgian esters, an it finishes in a gingery dryness with vigorous carbonation. $6/22 oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
33oml Bottle: Aroma of light Belgian yeast, slight chocolate, slight roast, light toasting, and hints of dark ripe fruit and caramel. Poured dark brown in color with a large, creamy, loose, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Opaque. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of Belgian yeast, light coffee, chocolate, malt, slight toffee, slight molasses, and a hint of dark ripe fruit. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Chocolate, malt, light coffee, and slight Belgian yeast finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
11.2oz btl. Pours a dark cola color with a finger of beige head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit. Crisp mouthfeel, a nice fruity quality maybe pit fruit. A definite chocolate sweetness, candied prune or something, brown sugar. Great texture and a nice spice and some warming alcohol.Another great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Large beige head, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some raisin, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, chocolate, some raisin. Soft medium body, some stickiness. Didn’t notice the rose hips or hibiscus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 Pours a dark murky body, with initial abundant foamy head that dissipitates. Chocolate aroma, above all else. Lactose, creamy milk chocolate taste, with some sourness in the finish. Some spices in the secondary, chipolte-like, that remain on the lips.Above-average mouthfeel, and then its gone, great dinkability.Thanks Michael Pollack.

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