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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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You got Fruitcake for Christmas! Fruitcake…The Beer is a Bourbon barrel-aged old ale brewed with roasted local chestnuts and grilled local (and not-so-local) figs. This summer’s fig harvest wasn’t that great, so we added a few hundred pounds of figs from our friends, California. But over a hundred pounds came from our local Foragers, who received $2 a pound for their fig bounty. Chestnuts from High Rock Farm in Rockingham County.
The Internet once called fruitcake “the gift that keeps on giving,” but Fruitcake…the Beer just might break that cycle. Gift one to a friend this holiday season and keep one for yourself.
This beer will age well, like a fine fruitcake should.
2012 tasting notes: bourbon-forward, though a year in the bottle has mellowed it nicely. Still rather sweet and viscous, with subtle hints of fig.
2013 tasting notes: smoky and fruity. Doubling the roasted chestnuts brought out a peaty whiskey-like character, which pairs nicely with the fruit and malt.
2014 tasting notes: we’re going to age the beer in barrels for a year and release it in 2015.
Availability: HOLIDAYS. 10% ABV.

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hman43 (1812) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Light amber in color. Aromas of sweet fruit, toffee and a bit of syrup. It is very sweet with flavors of syrup and toffee.

cobaink2 (813) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Beer on opening was quite over carbonated. Tastes of green tea, mellow licorice and figs. A little burbon taste but not overwhelming. Not as bad as you would think. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Drake (14107) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bomber shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy caramel with a large foamy white head. Good head retention. Nearly a gusher. Aroma of bready malt, spice, candied fruit. The taste is leather, wood, candied and tart fruits, spicy finish. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice, a little lacking in barrel character.

Busick (398) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Poured a nice amber color with strong bourbon hints. Smokey aroma and tastes fueled from the local chestnuts. A good seasonal beer from an up and coming brewery! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. No need to try again. Get some bourbon and an interesting fig taste maybe. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jrob21 (3840) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle shared on Christmas Eve. Whoa there is a lot happening here. Big fig fruit spice. Flavor is spice again with a smokiness and chewy grain. Dark red color. Toffee fig raisin all working together. Big bold aggressive beer. Try to split this one if you can.

rdixon77 (3066) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Big boozy holiday beer. Dark amber pour. Nose of fig, sugar, toffee, vanilla, bread and lots of bourbon. Flavor pretty much follows with smooth oak, nuts, and cherry as well. A little much, but quite a beer.

Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. Thanks to ASUbeer for the bottle.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind some splotchy and soapy looking lace.

S: This is super fruity. The chestnuts are really upfront. The bourbon is there with a nice spirit sweetness and some oak barrel as well.

T: Very fruity, just like the nose. The chestnuts give this earthy, fruity twang to this. The bourbon is there with a touch of heat. Some fig notes with a sweet jam like fruitiness as well. Mild glue on the finish with a sweet malt base. Light roast.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity finish.

O: This was an extremely interesting beer. The chestnuts gave this crazy fruity dimension that I haven’t really had in a beer before.

Serving type: bottle

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Sample pour at Sam’s, Durham. Gotta love the tasting events! Oily caramel brown pour with a modest head and carbonation. Huge bourbon barrel nose, not sharp and boozy but sweet tannins in your face. Somewhat overly slick mouthfeel really accentuates the candy dimensions of this beer. Dark fruits and bready tastes do provide some relief to the boozy sweetness in the taste, but it’s pretty uncompromising.

durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Generous sample from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours bright chestnut (how appropriate) with a white head. Interesting to see the various and conflicting ratings. The beer I had was big on the bourbon, vanilla, candy, and earthy figs. A bit one-note in its sweet/bourbon focus, but pretty darn good overall.

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