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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a truly unique brew, combining some unusual elements to create a powerful, yet flavorful brew. I brewed a similar beer to this one back in 1998, while I was home brewing out in California. Only this time around I decided to age it in bourbon barrels to add a new element to the already rich sensory profile. The combination of dark malt, elderberries and bourbon barrels makes for an interesting tasting experience. This is a sippin’ beer, so sit back by the fire and enjoy.

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3.9
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, almost black, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, some mixed fruitiness. Taste is surprinshly light, some fruity sweetness. Don’t get much barrel in the taste. Maybe needs to warm up. Tasty though.

3.5
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
1/3/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black with a short tan head. Aromas are bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malt. Thin mouth feel though and flavors have a bit of sourness or high acidity, almost metallic which throws it off a bit.

3.7
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Batch 4 and 5 side by side. Pours a deep brown, near black with thin diminishing tan head - batch 5 with a little more head and longer lasting - and soapy lace. Batch 4 smells pretty windy, grape, tart cherries. Batch 5 more like molasses and candi sugar. Medium body and tartness. Batch 4 more tart, slight cola, cherry.

3.5
dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
750 purchased at the brewery. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a purple brown color. Fantastic aroma. Mild funk mild bourbon mild berries. All melded together. Mouthfeel is very thin. Taste is very fruity. Bourbon is barely present which I like. Great melding of all flavors. I'd like to get a bit thicker mouthfeel and more Belgian flavor but very good overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, sweet berries, very thin. Decent malts, some bourbon. Really didn’t like this that much.

3.8
ineedbeer (2296) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Batch 4. Aroma is fairly well balanced between dark malt, fruit and barrels. Malt is fairly toasty with some chocolate notes to it. Nice vinous fruit quality with berries and tart cherries. Medium light oak and bourbon notes. Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black with a mocha head of moderate size and thickness. The head quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. Flavor is noticeably fruitier than the aroma and the malt note is more chocolatey than roasty. Starts with a slightly sweet but tart berry note with hints of cherries and plums. Moderate chocolate with light roast. Medium low bitterness with no hop flavor. Medium low bourbon and oak note. Moderate alcohol in finish with lingering berries and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low tannic astringency with medium alcohol warmth. This definitely has some higher alcohols to it. Overall a nice flavorful beer, but it is definitely a winter warmer and leaves you feeling flush. I think they did a great job balancing all the flavors from the fruit, malt and barrels. One thing I might note is that I don’t get much yeast character, but I’m not sure how much I was expecting.

3.8
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Batch 4
Tasted on 8/1/13 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade quite a while ago, this one has been in the cellar for a while. Pours an extremely dark, cloudy brown with an average light brown head that slowly recedes to an average collar of lace. The nose is dominated by vanilla, caramel, and toffee bourbon, with dark molasses, burnt brown sugar, some dark roast, and a nice fruity note. The flavor starts off with all of the dark roast up front, moving to the much more pronounced fruity flavor, and finishing with more of the bourbon and dark malt. The body is full with average, smooth carbonation, and a very long fruity and full of dark roast and bourbon finish.

3.8
Advocate_Ames (636) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
A defined bourbon scent, carmel malts, oak, and slight fruit scent. It has an even better taste. The bourbon blends well with the fruit flavor. I picked up on the sweet malts, berries, plums, and bourbon. The Nor Easter impacts the palate but leaves a pleasant refreshing and relaxing smooth finish.

3.8
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Batch 5 Bottle; Pour is dark brown with ruby highlights into this glass - a modest khaki head initial, with average to poor retention and light lacing present. The nose is light bourbon barrel, berries, dark fruit, caramel, cocoa, and bread. The flavor profile is berry dominant initial, surprising actually. It does balance out a bit with dark malts, bread, bourbon notes, albeit lighter - the mouthfeel is smoother than expected for the style, and the abv is masked fairly well here. It loses something near the finish - but its a nice brew.

4.3
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, berries, dark fruit, a touch of spices, and some booze. T - Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with some vanilla, dark fruit, and berries. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through alongside some more berries and dark fruit and a touch of spices. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramel malts, a bit of spices, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. The bourbon adds some nice complexity around a bit malty base beer.


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