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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! FruitcakeThe Beer is a Bourbon barrel-aged old ale brewed with roasted local chestnuts and grilled local (and not-so-local) figs. This summers fig harvest wasnt 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 Fruitcakethe 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: were going to age the beer in barrels for a year and release it in 2015.
Availability: HOLIDAYS. 10% ABV.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (23328) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13257) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6643) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4659) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
I wasnt 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, Im guessing the figs but cant 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Sample pour at Sams, 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 its pretty uncompromising.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3584) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3395) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pint at Foundation. Good aroma, sweet. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet spice flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Fun beer, not sure I could have a lot of it, fairly sweet in aroma and flavor. Get the fig, not sure about the chestnut. Fun beer if nothing else.

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