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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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A barrel aged version of our Decadence 12 Abbey style Quadrupple. We acquired a 56 year old Brandy Barrel from our most excellent friend Brian at Gallo. This oaken beast is the primo da primo of barrels. Cuvee has been aged for 1 year in the barrel. Winner of the First Place Gold Medal 2008 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition and Bronze medal at the 2007 Bistro Barrel Festival.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Growler at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Vanilla and caramel aroma. Sweet vanilla and fruit flavor with some caramel. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle fom AlohaC, thanks Christian. Amber color with minimal head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel. Flavors much like the aroma including some dark fruit. Liked this one alot

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. This was fantastic. Love the fruit and oak vanilla flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle shared by FrumptyDumpty at Glimmerglass pre BCTC ’08. Poured an amber brown in color (best I could tell by campfire). Small white head present. Aroma of caramel, toffee, with some dark fruits and some alcohol. Tastes of dates, figs, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, with some toffee sweetness. Pretty complex brew. Finished with a little warming.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
RBSG ’08: Growler pour. Poured a hazy amber color with little head. The malty aroma was of sweet toffee with some notes of apples and other fruits. Light notes of vanilla. The flavor also had sweet apples along with a fair amount of brown sugar. Very warming. Medium-full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
12oz. handbottle sent my way by the ever awesome AgentSteve, you rock! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a fizzy tan head quickly drifts down to a thin spotty covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is quite enjoyable, with candied and dried dark fruits, brandy, vanilla, and light oak. Flavor is more of the same, and wow, does it work nicely together - sweet candied and dried dark fruits and vanilla, with more brandy and oak coming along in equal parts. This is without a doubt the most impressed I have ever been with a beer this sweet, but there is a lot going on here that works very well together. Great stuff, thanks again Steve for the major hookup!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle sample from wetherel at Real Ale Festival (and subsequently from aspidites at RBSG). Dark orange hue, minimal head and lacing. Smell is sugary sweet, dark fruits (raisins, figs), molasses, caramel and toffee malts, hints of brandy and oak. Taste is initially dark fruits and oaky presence, followed by butterscotch and caramel malts, tones of honey, belgian sugars, flowery hops, toffee, and vanilla, finishes sweet. Palate is medium/full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Overall, amazing flavors combinations and a ultra rare beer, the butterscotch and caramel have a unique interplay that works very well here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 From 64 oz growler. Thanks to aspeditis. Pours clear and golden deep orange with a lacing white head. Woody and dense malty aroma. Flavour is sweet and fruity, wooden too. Dense malty and slight yeasty with a mild spice note. Dry and lingering malt finish. Slight fruity and sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2151) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Growler pour at RBSG grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought it. One of two Valley Brew growlers that I tasted. This one is labeled as Cuvee Especial. Poured a hazy amber color with a small white head. The aroma was fruity with a hint of bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel full and malty. The finish was long and sweet. Overall: A very tasty beer, I wish i could have spent more time analyzing this, but I had to down it fast as Dennis approached me with a booming you gotta try this masala.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts, brandy, and vanilla. Taste of grapes, dark fruits, raisins, sticky caramel malts, vanilla, chestnut, light spices, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks to FrumptyDumpty for sharing!


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