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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
A special batch of "5th dementia old ale" that was overattenuated with high gravity ale yeast and then blended with cassis to add back body.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle with James pat Vinny and tom. Dark brown pour. Really grape nose. Taste is heavy like an after dinner wine. Alcohol bite with nice dark fruit flavors. Good for the right situation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle generously given to me for my birthday from BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours dark brown with red highlights and next to no head...just a couple bubbles around the ring. Nose is tons of currant--reminds me of the days of drinking Absolut Kurant in the dorms. Has a menthol component to it as well, and theres a chocolate cake element hanging out below it all. In the end, the currant is a little too strong, too pungent, and too...um...not my thing. Its there boldly in the taste as well, with the same menthol. The malt comes through more as well, big gooey sweetness up front, transitioning to a dry breadiness on the finish. Definitely warms the belly, though the 16.5% isnt too noticeable otherwise. Glad I tried it, but wouldnt seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (3036) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle shared by Plovmand, thanks buddy. Pours mudbrown with no head. Aroma is blackcurrant, raisins, caramel quite vinous. Flavor is alcohol, blackcurrant, raisins, plums and caramel. Low and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (8126) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours almost clear dakr reddish brown with no head. The aroma is sweet cassis, sweet toasted caramel, some anise and has some vinous port like feel to it. The flavour is very sweet and quite boozy with notes of cassis and dark berries. Quite boozy finish. The aroma is good and pleasant but the booze overpowers the overall impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours a very dark plum color thats completely opaque with a miniscule off-white head that lingers for a minute before disappearing. No lacing. Sweet vinous aroma thats bursting with currant, dark cherry, blueberry, grape and other dark berries. This is countered by a nice malt character with hints of chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but not overpowering and although the ABV is really high, there us little to no booze in the nose. Smells like dessert! Medium bodied with a very prominent vinous, dark fruit flavor thats countered by dark malt notes and boozy sweetness. Lots of sweet currant flavor along with some grape, blackberry, blueberry and other dark berries before being countered by hints of toffee and chocolate cake. Even with the maltier notes its still too sweet for my liking. The ABV is decently masked considering its 15% but there still a decent amount of boozy warmth throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle, shared with javit before the big tasting. Pours murky tawny-garnet, no head, no lacing. Nose is tart berries; raspberries, tootsie-roll, Christmas fudge, cassis coulis, milk chocolate, brandy, tobacco. Lovely smelling stuff, is what Im saying. Flavours of tootsie-roll, cassis, more tart fruit. Alcohol is amazingly absent considering the strength. A monumental brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours purplish brown. No lacing. Nose/taste of oak chips soaked in alcohol, black currant, nuts, chocolate and caramel. Finishes with black currant followed by nutty oak chips soaked in alcohol. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.

[ Courtesy of Secret Summer Santa ]. Unclear medium to dark brown red colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, blackcurrant, fruity - berries, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, blackcurrant, chocolate, alcohol, sharp. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish fee lis light to moderate alcoholic. [20110815]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
12oz bottle at pre-GTMW tasting, pours a murky dark brown with no head, aroma was extremely sweet and the flavor had more of a boozy front and finish rather a lot of fruit to it. Overall this one wasnt my favorite of the night but was still very happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (8469) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
8/12/11. Bottle shared pre-GTMW. Rich oxidized aroma with plenty of big fruit. A bomb of cassis with plenty of alcohol and a touch of oxidation. I wasnt as thrilled as everyone else tasting it.

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