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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Once again the brewers at CBC have thrown caution to the wind in our latest annual effort to create the biggest, baddest, strongest, bestest beer around. Double-mashed with nearly a ton of malt, five different hops, and cold-aged several months with French Limousine oak, this extraordinary, complex ale boasts flavors and aromas of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, toffee, spicy hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Very rich and full-bodied, it is unfiltered and unfined. This unique beer will be available all winter, served for your admiration and enjoyment in a 9oz. snifter.

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3.6
TBone (18565) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Tap @brewpub vintage 2012
Pitch black, small white head. Served too cold. Sweet vanilla, dark fruity aroma with chocolate and dark malts. Medium to full bodied. Bourbon, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, some bitterness. Lots of bourbon. Sipping beer. Good.

3.2
Ratman197 (15636) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, earthinmess and tobaccvo. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness and sherry with a smooth dry lingering sherry finish.

3.7
j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, caramel, soft bitterness. Big and bitey, lots of warmth. Boozy, warming and toasty. Lots of malt, warm toast. Spicy, warm plums, toast. Very nice but definitely not for me. A touch too hot.

3.9
hopdog (13259) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Flip top bottle shared courtesy of the other Tom. Poured a medium amberish color with an average sized off white head. This is the one with honey. Aromas of lots of honey, some dark fruits, caramel, some earthiness, and vanilla. Tastes of honey, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness, and caramel. Light alcohol in the finish.

3.6
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a small bubbly head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, toffee, peach, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and honey.

3
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap- pours an off white head that laces and copper color. Aroma is very sweet caramel-medium malt, dark fruit. Taste is very sweet caramel-medium malt, dark fruit, alcohol. OK carbonation. Occasional.

3.6
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Earthy aroma of wood and leather. The flavor is sweet with lots of toffee, fuzzy fruit, honey and maple sap. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.

3.9
onceblind (10897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--slightly hazy dark amber with a generous off-cream head. Aroma was sticky and assertive with lots of boozy toffee and malty syrup, with some cherries and raisins and a strong grassy hop presence. Flavor is big and full, with boozy toffee graininess, some grassy and piney assertive bitterness, a slight stone fruit tone, and finishing hoppy bitter and malty sweet. Aftertaste of piney bitterness. Really big palate and pretty complex.

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/10/2007
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

hazy amber, frothy beige head, sweet ripe light fruit aroma, nice fruity flavor, deceptivly light, well balanced with only a touch of bitterness,
-------- /> Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.4 to 3.7

sweet fruity aroma, soft creamy body, lots of creamy sweet fruit flavor, candy sweetness, a touch of alcohol, would age very nicely

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

2.8
cubs (10742) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2013. Pours a dark reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Light garbage, caramel, somewhat sugary aroma. The flavor also had a hint of veggies and garbage with other notes of toasted malts, sweetness, and light fruits. One of my least favorite beers of the fest.


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