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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 284   ABV: 9.46%
For 14 wonderful years, we have been creating libations for ourselves in the hope that some others out there would share our eccentric palates and support us. Many thanks to all of you who do! Here is yet another quirky brew: a very dark and different, dry-hopped ale. Style? hard to say, you decide. Just expect massive molasses maltiness, limitless fruits on the nose and an imposing floral & zesty dry-hop finish. Peace to all and follow your dreams!
1.090 OG, 60 IBUs.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hydros (7) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours brown with a tan head. Hoppy initial aroma with some spice flavor. Flavor is hops, some spice, and alcohol. Complex enough to be intersting, but unbalanced.

Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Aug 2007

Purchased at Wilbur's in FT Collins for US$5.99

Pours from 22oz bottle(bottled in 2007) a nearly pitch black with reddish hues and a large head of foam that lingers for a while shrinking to an almost solid layer by the end of the session and it has plenty of lacing.

The smell has roasted malt, fruit, and a touch of alcohol in it.

The taste is very fruity to start. Lots of dark fruit like fig and plum hit my palate first then I get some caramel and roasted malt. After a few more sips, the hop bitterness moves in and though it doesn't dominate, it has enough of a presence to make me ask...why? When I get a Belgian Style Ale or indeed, a Belgian Ale, I'm not looking for nor expecting a strong Hop presence unless, say, I get a bottle of De Ranke XXX, or one of similar ilk, which I do love. Anywho, I'm just saying...

After emptying more of my glass, I'm starting to notice the abv a bit but it's not obtrusive. All in all, it's a pretty tasty brew; it's just not what I expected for an example of the style and because of that, I'm a bit disappointed. For a more representative example of the style, I'd need to go elswhere and that's the bottom line for me.

SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Bottle from my cellar.
The pour is dark, almost opaque deep brown with garnet highlights. Medium sized tan head.
The aroma has molasses and raisins and a touch of alcohol.
The flavor is sweet, but not cloying and follows the aroma. The alcohol in the aroma is hidden in the flavor. This has held up well.

snoworsummer (6147) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle at Avery. Pours dark copper brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes like dried dark fruits, booze, raisin, roasted malt, and toffee. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like dried dark fruits, boozy, raisin, and chocolate.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle on 05/07/2011. Dark brown body with a large frothy tan head. Sweet caramel, molasses, fruit and floral hop aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate and molasses flavor with caramel, fruit and a floral hop background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Brownish ruby pour. Fuller bodied. Chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, molasses, malted milk balls. 6-7 years old and holding up. Pretty complex. Pretty intense, nice, boozy

Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Six years old, pours darker chestnut roasted brown with a creamy beige head. the aroma brings aged yeast and some dough notes. Flavor brings big strong malts with some alcohol notes as well m for a little bite on the tongue to end the flavor.

ThirstyBird (3012) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2013
From 2010 notes. Pours deep reddish/brown with a light brown head that goes to a nice ring. Smell is rich cocoa, deep dark malt, orange. Taste is Cocoa, light citrus, ash, dark fruit. I get cherry on the aftertaste then finishing dry. Medium body, fairly active carbonation...pretty creamy.

Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Thanks to Ted from Avery for sharing at WhipIn. Aroma is dark fruit and cherries. Pours an opaque blackish brown with a none lasting off whitehead. The taste has a smooth sweet fruit quality. Raisins, cherries and dark fruit. Medium- full body with soft carbonation. Overall, this was a pleasure to drink. Would be a great after dinner sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Dogbrick (14000) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Sample at Falling Rock Beer Tasting with Dr. Bill on 10/13/2012. The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is dark fruits and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of raisins, roasted malt and chocolate. The finish is sweet with a molasses and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Reddish pour, off white head. Aroma of raisins, some odd liquer notes, caramel and light hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel, dried fruit, light hops on the finish.

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