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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our second anniversary brew is a dark ale made with over 40 pounds of cranberries per barrel.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by Dansting. Pour is a darker brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is roasted smoked malt with a nice clean fruit cranberry shining through. After the darker malts and tart cranberry clear a bit, the wood starts to shine through a bit with oakiness. The taste is the nose, with a nice balance between the dark roasted malt and the tart cranberry fruit. As it warms, the cranberry really comes to the front, which is pretty amazing given the age on this beer. Palate is medium to full bodied, active carbonation and the finish dries out with barrel woodiness. Interesting beer, glad I got a chance to try this one - thanks a bunch Dan!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber shared by Dansting. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is a tart fruitiness over roasty dark malt. Medium-bodied and quite tart with a drying finish. Tart, tart cranberry sits atop a solid roasty stout. This is interesting stuff, but even after this much time, the cranberry dominates. Thanks for sharing this rarity with us Dan.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - Cola pour with a ring of tan head. Nose is mostly smoked malt. Real light, with a dark pumpernickel bread base. Taste is the same, but with a touch of cranberry and some lightly soured malt. Dark and dry finish. Seems a bit limp, but that’s to be expected. I did like that there was a bit of tartness left. Well carbonated and smooth. Would have liked to try this a couple years ago.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at the GTMW 2011. How bad ass is that? A beer I’ve longed to try since my first days at rate beer. Pours a dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of cranberries, sweet malt, oxidation. Some maple syrup, mild oatmeal cookies. Very obvious oak barrel notes. Pretty awesome flavor with mild tartness from the cranberries with the cookie sweetness of the malt. Oxidation is also present, albeit mild. Full bodied, an absolute pleasure to drink. So glad I got to try this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3052) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown with an off-white head. Sour and extraordinarily bitter. Tart with aromas of berries and lots of oak. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Tart, bitter finish with more oak (too much).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a dark brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was nice with a combination of roasted dark malts and quite tart cranberries. Flavor began with dark grains and roasted malt the melded beautifully with the growing tart cranberry flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Tap. Got to try this beer at Great Taste of the Midwest this past weekend. What a treat. This beer poured a maroon reddish black color with a slight head. Surpirisingly the aroma was still very much of cranberries along with the traditional IS notes of dark roast. The taste is well balanced between the cranberry and dark stout flavors. No hop presence to speak of really. Medium mouthfeel. Not sure why but at this point I thought this beer would have gone down hill, not the case at all. Still very good and delicious. Do yourself a favor and never pass up a chance to try this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (12612) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2010
Bottle, 75cl, from trade with Akevitt. A dark brown beer topped by a dark beige head. Vinous, berryish nose with cocoa and roasted malts. Very smooth, if one can use that word when talking aroma. Slightly roasted flavor, with berries and hints of cocoa, quite vinous, but not much alcohol warming. Full-bodied. Some berry-like sourness finishes the whole thing. A lovely beer! Smooth, vinous and slightly sourish, all very well balanced. 091113

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was on the tart side with a soy component and some woody notes. Overall vinous in the nose. Tart vinous flavor. Mildly bitter on the finish. Medium bodied. I wrote #168 so I am guessing this was the bottle number.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Bottle courtesy of Immy. Big raisin aroma with sweet maltiness. Cloudy dark brown with small tan head. Sour very roasty with raisin and slightly astringent roastiness. Chocolate and coffee. Finish is dry and tart with a hint of woodiness.


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