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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8627) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours dark brown with a rocky tan head. Smells of spice, some caramel. Tastes of pepper, spicy, some earthy hints, some semi sweet malt. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2010
20101218 11.2 oz bottle from Wine Source. Medium brown with ruby highlights beneath a towering head of even, heavy foam that settles. Richly bodied and utterly savory beer with dense and lingering tobacco, cocoa, stewed prune, leather-tanning oil, and dark rum. Floral and dried citrus notes evolve late on the palate and retronasally, as well as a soft, cooling slate-like mint note. Well done use of the yeast, which is given a nice chance to come through on this one and adds to the richness, as does the subtly stronger alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Lots of citrus hop aromas. Hints of dark malt in the aroma. Huge tan head that lasts forever. Deep mahogany color. Dark malt flavor with hints of raisin. Some roast aftertaste. Alcohol is evident. Not awful, but not totally digging this either. My first Stillwater beer. I’m hoping the others are better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2010
OK, I like Brian and his beers a lot, and I’ll go far out of my way to try his concoctions, and have not been disappointed. This one, though, misses the mark - the aroma is a bit strange, but maybe just because I’m not used to hibiscus. The taste is a bit plain and underwhelming. Oh well. I’m still looking forward to his next recipe.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Reminds me of trying to dance in Junior High School - It’s just not funky enough...Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty - lots of sweet, earthy flavors like caramel and molassess, but was just missing something.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle opens to a large hiss and pours with a huge foamy deep tan head that laced. Slightly on the overcarbonated side, which isn’t really a big deal if you let the beer air out a bit after you open it. Head certainly sustains. Aroma of a strong citrusy and floral hop notes. Fruity saison yeast notes as well. Some roast and light smoke coming through but very faint. Like the fruitiness and what seems to be a hoppy profile coming across in the aroma. Flavor of roasted malt, almost charred notes, considerable hop bitterness, some slight metallic notes. Some saison spicy notes coming across, the fruity/citrusy hop notes that were so prominent in the aroma are not really in the flavor. Pretty drastic difference.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tiny red glow to it and a medium sized fizzy tan head. Aroma of dates, figs and light brown sugar. Taste of tobacco, dates, figs, wood and bread dough. Has a smoky aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Draft from the tiger. Fizzy head. Aroma is fruits and spices as is taste. Not bad but kind of biting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Dark brown nearly black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, light spices, light malts, citrus, and light alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoked wood, light spices, some citrus, and alcohol as well.


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