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RATINGS: 2206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

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3.8
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. Nice balance in the flavor. Hearty flavors best with hearty meal I’d bet.

3.6
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 I bought this bottle in July 2001, and have cellered it until now. Pours a cloudy brown, looks like apple cider. The aroma is fruit, alcohol, and some raisins. Taste is also fruit and raisins, only slightly sweet.

4.2
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
In the bottle at the Dundee Dell. This is a big beer with a big mouth feel. Very fruity and berry-like. Strong alcohol burn as it should be. Dark crimson color with an ivory head. Sure, it’s sweet, but the sweetness is easily masked by the strength of the malt character.

3.5
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Nice pour, attractive burgundy color. Starts off sweet with a touch of alcohol and blends nicely into a caramel flavor with a hint of spices. I will have to re rate this beer again soon.

3.5
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle: Pours a good looking deep brownish red with a good sized tan head with a small amount of lacing. Aroma: fruit, lots of malt, raisins, honey. Flavor: Alcohol is very present in the beginning, sweet malt, towards the middle of the bottle it gets much more pleasant, creamy, even some chocolate and wine like qualities. Commercial description describes this beer pretty accurately. Good.

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is all malts and fruit. A Slight alcohol smell. Pours a brownish-red with a nice tan head that dies within a minute or so. Nice lacing. Flavor is fruity with raisins and a strong alcohol taste. Alcohol could be covered up a lot better. Definitely has some wine qualities to it. Strong alcohol and some sweetness in the aftertaste. After a while it seems to develop a slight sour taste to it. This beer is good, but I don’t like the strong alcohol taste in my beers, so I can’t rate it as high as most. I don’t mind an alcohol presence but it has to be a background flavor not a dominant one.



Re-rate of the cave-aged version



Nice aroma of honey, cherry, light caramel, light apple, and yeast. Pours a nice transparent red with an off-white head with very nice retention. Very fruity up front with cherry, grape, and raisin. Finishes with a huge caramel and toffee presence with light yeastiness. Creamy mouthfeel with a little burn from acidity. Only the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish. Granted this the "cave-aged" version, but I’ll chalk up the previous rating to beer rating inexperience (original was somewhere around my 50th rating)moreso than the cave-aging. Old rating of 7-4-6-3-12 (3.2) has been replaced.

4.2
walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
poured a rich ruby color big light tan head some lacing. aroma sweet carmel honey, malts,raisins, another one that was hard to keep my nose away from the glass.flavor dark fruits,alcohol,honey malts,as it warmed up stared to get a semi sweet red wine like quality .liked the finish on this just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness that lasted just right

3.9
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Poured a thick "oatmeal" head with a ruby/ brown coloring. The aroma was like wine or even burgundy at first and then I could get some fruit. I had a lot of alcohol taste in the beginning of this bottle, but towards the middle it opened up into a very creamy smooth beer with a slight burn of alcohol and some sweetness in the aftertaste. The more of the beer towards the middle the more creamier and flavorful it was.

3.9
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
A nice malty, dark fruit aroma. Dark reddish-brown opaque color with a nice head, reducing to a very small head that stays. The taste is very sweet and fruity at the start, with a definite dry aftertaste. Really nice and deep red wine-like without the alcohol twang.

3.9
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Deep amber in color with a light tan head. Sweet and flowery aroma; thick on the palate; mildly wheaty strong taste. Very malty. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.


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