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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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GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Tap at CK thanks to the President of Somalia de facto. Pours a clear, deep orange. Moderate head. Celery and sharp parsnip nose. Wow that is ultra vegetal. Taste is candies, parsnip, alcohol, extremely mealy red apple. Licorice root like finish. Very strange, I was not a fan.

Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color, small white edge head. Aroma of subtle rye bread. Taste is mixed light spiced fruit.

Westchesterco (2166) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
roasty, citrus, earthy, golden, hazy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, long finish, long finish,

Iphonephan (7263) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On draft at Churchkey DC on innauguration night. Pours a deep res amber with an off white head. Aroma of vanilla and toffee. Flavors of figs and chestnuts. Quite nice.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a somewhat thick off-white head. Nose has a very strong, but light bourbon smell to it. Taste has that bourbon kick to it with some underlying sweetness from the figs. Odd beer...

chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amber pour with small white head. Aroma has vanilla and bourbon notes with sweet dried fruits. Flavor is hard to describe, lots of vanilla, bourbon smokiness (from the barrels I would assume), with sweet dried cherries and possibly some nuttiness. The finish has a bit of that "bourbon booziness" but overall an excellent beer that actually tastes a bit like fruitcake with bourbon poured over it.

emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised. Clean soft golden amber pour with one finger of creamy off white head. Nose is super interesting and very hard to describe. Lots of ’candy-ish’ character with sharp vanilla/bourbon from the Makers Mark barrels. Definitely fruity, I’m guessing the figs but can’t say for sure. Flavor is also very interesting, wonderful blend of vanilla and sharp oak from the flavor with a moderate sweetness. A hint of coconut finds its way through. Medium body with a dry/oaky finish and warming alcohol.

HourGlass13 (1042) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
This may very well be the bomb. It has a whiskey taste right off the bat. Very fruity and complex. I would use this as a desert beer, or just sip it on a cold afternoon.

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tap at beer study Xmas night. Nose is fairly fruity, earth, light booze. Flavor shows some more fruit, light spice, tobacco, and booze. A little thin on the palate with medium to heavy sweetness.

freekyp (2408) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This palate wrecker oozes of bourbon and dried fruit. Thick and viscous with a sweet profile barely tempered by hops. A fine dessert beer. Marachino cherries anyone?

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