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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.

2008 vintage - 8.3% abv
2016 vintage - 9.4% abv


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours brown in color with brown head. Aroma roasted malt, coffee and fruit. Taste sweet, chocolate and fruity with bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Dark brown with a big tan head. Big old fruity aroma. Cranberries are there, of course, chocolaty and full of dark malt. Sweet, cranberry, big. I’m not sure what I should think of this, it’s not really imperial stout-ish, but I don’t know how else to really think of the flavor combination.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (5147) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Sample at the 8/9 Pgh tasting, thanks to Treyrab! Smell is big and volatile. Dark with a big foamy head. Big heavy alky beer taste impressions. Cranberries in there fer sure. Comes across like an impy stout with fruit in there. Some creamy carbonation in ther. Has many of the attributes that I find in wine. Thanks trey!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Sample at the 8/9 Pgh tasting, thanks to Treyrab!
Dark brown with a small tan head. Nose shows significant malt depth, the heavy cranberry and imperial stout chocolate balanced nicely. The flavor is even more impressive, and though quite sweet, the incredible malt depth is never lost behind the sweet fruit and chocolate notes because the cranberry imparts a soft tart balance. Decadent stuff and among my favorites of the day.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6457) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black-brown color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma was tart, tangy, sweet and malty with noted cranberry. The flavor was tart and bitter with a strong cranberry presence and a light, sweet and malty undertones. The finish was long, bitter, tart and had lingering cranberry. Fairly thick in body. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. One two punch with FFF’s Apocalypse Cow in the "this shouldn’t work this well" category. Good looking beer, nice black liquid with eggshell-ish head. Aroma was a bit of an odd mix that had me worried. I’m a chocolate purist however. Flavor works much better than I thought it would, and may even get me to try a chocolate covered cranberry..one of these days.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6108) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Wow, I cant believe I got to try this. This one poured a nice black color with a light tan head. Aroma was thick dark chocolate and sour tart cranberries... great contrast. Flavor was nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, finished with a naturla sweet and sour mix of fresh cranberries. This is some majorly complex stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Immy on 07/18/2009. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roasty and chocolate aroma with fruity notes. Sweet chocolate and roast flavor, with some fruity cranberry notes. Medium full body with mdoerate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle shared at John’s gathering. Poured a mahogany with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits mixed with some roasty coffee. Flavor is surprisingly acidic following the aroma (though not so much considering the addition of cranberries) with some flavors of light chocolate acidic fruit dominating. Overall some nice flavors but I was not really crazy for the acidity clashing from the sweeter roastier flavors that would otherwise have comprised the the bulk of the flavor profile if it had not been for the cranberries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8430) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Sample from a bottle shared by DalzAle @ DLD 09. Pours brown with a small beige head. The aroma had some roasted malt, but was more tart fruity than anything. The flavor was tart cranberry, moderately sweet, roast, and a bit acidic. The finsh was dry and tart. Medium bodied and was a nice surprise to sample.


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