overall
90
53
style
RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle from Julie Thanks! Dark brown with a foamy off white head. Floral caramel toffee molasses chocolate clove and huge nutmeg aroma and taste with vanilla notes. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 This brew was aged for 3 months in Bourbon barrels. Pours a dark brown apricot color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb hangtime reducing slowly to a thick downy canopy. Nice! Strong aromas of darkfruit, cakebread, and cocoa. Full nectar w/ perfect carbonation for a luscious creamy texture. A moderate sweetness possessing rich fruit flavors of blackcherry, plumb, apricot, red flame grapes, and wild apple. Cakebread, mild spice, and cocoa also push forward. As the brew warms the chocolate cakebread flavor takes control and wins out over the fruit. Its a nice transition. The finish lingers w/ an alcoholic burn that doesnt annoy me in the least. This brew is rich, viscous, and like the holiday very giving. Highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Good brew from Big Sky. Poured was a nice brown color with good size head. Aroma was oaky dark fruits and something else. Flavor was much the same, vanilla oak was strong and lots of fruits. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6495) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of apple pie, cherries, light caramel, chocolate, yeast, cinnamon, and faint alcohol. It pours a transparent brown with a moderate beige head. Lots of chocolate and caramel up front. There is some faint apple pie and cinnamon flavors in the background. Its medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very tasty, but Abbey Dubbel? Only because the label says so I guess.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
bottle #281/1800... not sure what that means but it is from superdave70. hazy chestnut-y brown with a thin tan ring of a head. there is something very comfortable about the aroma?!... brown sugar candied nuts, chocolate, grain, spice, bruised apples, vanilla and medjoul dates. it tastes a whole lot like a chocolate covered werthers original butterscotch candy!... alcohol is noticed but it is slight and very welcomed as it clears the palate of flavors of malt powder, grain, brown sugar, dates, vanilla and flowers. a very mild bitterness comes in late on the finish. medium to full bodied but strangely thin enough to drink this entire bottle myself. i very easily could at the abv% and not have a headache in the morning. really enjoyable... 8/4/8/5/17/4.2

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
shared bottle. deep ruby pour with a little head. spice filled nose with a pleasant yeast quality with dark fruits. med body with spices and dark fruits. alcohol warmth on the finish with dark cherries and figs.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14337) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Capped bottle from Corti Bros., Sacramento. Slightly sour dark aromas of plum, berries, chocolate, bread, and likely more. Very dark color with a substantial beige head (that crawled out of the bottle - its bottle conditioned). Thin to medium body with creamy carbonation. It starts chocolate. Very. Its a bit sweet, but has an underlying sour note. It has a very fresh berry fruit aspect. There is a little heat. After a bit the chocolate is more cocoa. The finish is dark, very mildly sweet, and woody/bitter. I still think there is a sour note, but with so much going on its difficult to be sure. The Belgians could learn from this. Fantastic drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
I was really into this. Had a great gravity level with well hidden alcohol, brown sugar, clove, banana and earthy, woody notes on taste. Has a great mouth feel, very viscous and balanced. Loved it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2013
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-transparent cola brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of old ale sweet and spices. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
CBAC day 6...drinks more like a barleywine than a quad... Nice aromas of rich caramel, dark dried fruits, caramelized sugar, dates and a light alcohol...never got though. Taste is the same with a silky smooth finish and a nice alcohol warmth on the finish... Notes of dates and currents stand out... Great beer from a great brewery!


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