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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (2112) - 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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (785) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4662) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (612) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6724) - 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 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Generous sample from Sams 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 havent really had in a beer before. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Busick (390) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (2644) - 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.

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