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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Five years later, I look back at all we have gone through to get where we are today and I smile. It has been an amazing journey in one of the greatest industries in the world. We have met a ton of new friends, all in the name of great beer! This beer was brewed to celebrate all the great times we have had and plan on having in the future. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties this deep, dark and hoppy ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Straight from the captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy! – Scott Vaccaro

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3.4
GRM (4049) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2015
Sample, brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, at Stephen Morris’, savoured on December 12 2014; eye: dark brown, opaque, thin sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: hops, malt, light medicinal, roasted barley, slight burnt barley; mouth: hops, malt, light medicinal, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, finale in bittering hops with medicinal presence, full body, average carbonation, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, chez Stephen Morris, savourée le 12 décembre 2014; œil : brun foncé, opaque, mince couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : houblon, malt, léger médicinal, orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée; bouche : houblon, malt, léger médicinal, orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, finale en houblon amérisant avec présence médicinale, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

3.2
pushkinwow (2790) - Ottawa, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle opened up at the 2014 Ottawa End of Year Gathering - think Matt from the Beeryard in Philly gave this to us a couple of years ago and finally got around to opening it up. Mohagany with a generous white head. Smoky, white sugar, roasted chocolate malt, touch of nutmeg, some coffee grinds and some grass. Low carbonation, moderate body, decent.

3.6
cfrancis (3446) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours golden with a nice frothy white top. Aroma is great biscuity malt backing with a light hop presence. Taste is light, biscuit malts, with a nice balance with the malt.

3.4
Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
A dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar malt with light spicy notes, cinnamon, OK. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, grassy hops, licorice, OK. Bottle at 2014 Ottawa Xmas gathering.

3.5
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with mild head. Nose of sweet toasted malts. Tastes toasty, dry chocolate, malty, with a touch of oxidation. Not bad, but a bit old.

3.7
Ajcanon711 (35) - - FEB 20, 2013
Purchased in June. Consumed in February. Wish there were more available when I bought it, to age longer. This beer is delicious. Great roasted malty flavor. ---AJ's Approval

3.8
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle with Chris and Ray. Cellared for a couple years. Poured murky deep brown, nearly black. Notes of caramel, chocolate some orange, and a little pine. This was definitely hoppier in the past but it has aged well.

3.8
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a frothy khaki head in this glass ; it does retain well (it say for a while) and there is some stick lacing here. It’s been a while since I’ve had a brew in this ballpark - it feels like an imperial stout and a strong ale. Darker naturally than your typical american strong, it has a hop presence that does dominate the nose initially. Pine, Chocolate, Roast, Licorice, and sweet breads here. The flavor profile has an initial bitterness from the hop profile; with more licorice, citrus, pine, and the malt profile rounding it out with more chocolate, roast, caramel, with a lingering bitterness present as well. The carbonation is certainly lively here. Anyway - an interesting attempt, with some booze present.

3.7
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Mes, Harry, Duff et al in London. I believe, Harry, that Mes provided this one (I brought the Hill Farmstead). Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Ripe fruit nose, charry roast, dirt, earth. Big sweet flavor, some boozy chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of alcohol sting and some mild, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with baking cocoa, mild prunes. Lasting light, dry cocoa. Nice. Not overly sweet.

3.7
HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
August 29, 2012 - shared by ... Leighton? ... with me, mesandsim and duff - 750ml bottle. Very deep clear brick red, almost black, with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma is ... lush, dry herbal bitterness, and almost porter-level deep dry roast, moderate alcohol (10%? really??). Taste is more imperial stout - nutty/nougat nearly burnt malt well-balanced against solid alcohol and dry resin/herbal bitterness, maybe a some soy ... sticky, average body, light and airy, surprisingly quick-finishing - leaves a dry alcoholic bitter aftertaste. I quite liked it, but it seemed at sea between DIPA, IS and even black IPA. But I liked it.


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