RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Red Brick Brewing’s newest beer for the winter season is a Belgian-style Dark Ale. It took several different malts from the United States and Belgium to get this beer to its hefty alcohol by volume (abv) of 8.2%. Chestnut brown in color with aromas of dark fruits and bananas rising from an alcohol laced head. A nice dried fruit and chocolate flavor makes it a wonderful winter beer. The beer will launched at the brewery on November 10th and bottles will be released in stores shortly thereafter. Taste Expectations: Sweet Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits, subtle touch of roasty coffee. Availability: 12oz/6 pks. Draft. Winter seasonal

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: November 24, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, frothy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet dark fruits, plenty of spicy phenols
Flavor: rich malt flavor, fruity sweetness, light spicyness, touch of chocolate, just a hint of earthy bitterness

Date: February 17, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
the draft fresh from the source is nearly identical to the bottle showing great bottle integrity,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Aroma is fruity and raisiny, but with hints of acetone. Flavor is strange fruits, with chocolate, not sure that combo is working. More acetone, bananas, pineapple. Mild astringency in he finish, with some coffee as promised in the commercial description. This is not working for me. Brown color, small head. On further reflection, this beer grew on me before I finished the glass. The acetone gave rise to bubblegum, and the dark melts melted into the yeastiness. Still not a great beer but fair enough by the end. Was almost a drainpour that became a beer I was happy to finish.

cfrancis (3612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
Thanks to a great BIF for this. Pours a ruby chestnut brown with a thinning almond head. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet candy and roasted malts. Taste is a lot of dark fruit, plum and loads of candy sugar.

anders37 (27588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ Taco Mac Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with spicy hints. Has a fruity slightly roasted malty spicy caramel finish.

horto008 (188) - Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Relatively sweet with a slightly cloying quality. Bitterness didn’t offset the sweetness although the spice was nice. Alcohol wasn’t particularly hidden and probably added to the palate (felt warm and smooth). Not my favorite but not bad either.

Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2011
strong malts and floral hops, consistent dark brown with little head, sweet with a chocolate raisin finish

DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Strong aroma of cloves and cinnamon. The color is a hazy red brown color with thin white lacing. Nice holiday spices are forward on the palate and the flavor remains with a lingering finish. The beer is not overly heavy and can hold up to most any type of weather.

mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
12oz bottle, raisins, sweetness, maybe dome grapes. Dark ruby red color, light lacing, if only the taste matched the aroma, very watery, not much flavor. A little boozy, but boring. Very disappointing.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Got this bottle as a donation from BikeBeerBBQ (thanks, Mark!)
Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: dark, hazy, blood red. Pinky-sized, soap, tan head, fizzles away and leaves no lacing. Difficult to regenerate.

S: Some cherries, some spice. No booze. Slightly smokey.

T: Intense, hard palate. Dark fruits throughout - especially cherry and raisin. Finishes with cigarette smoke taste and aftertaste lingers for a few moments until fading away clean. Seems like a simple beer for the style. Nice taste, but not very impressive overall.

M: Hard, but thin. Not peppery the way a Belgian of the style would be. Cigarette sensation is a little annoying (although I think smokers would be more apt to enjoy this beer).

D: While cold it’s slightly refreshing, as it warms it turns into more of a sipper. the 8.2% ABV is well masked in the nose and palate, definitely drinks like something in the 6-7% range.

Overall a decent American attempt at a Belgian style. Better than Ithaca Cold Front, but not as good as Ommegang Rare Vos.

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jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle form Aracauna, Thanks! Poured a dark red/brown body. Light foamy head. Aroma is toasted nuts, honey. Flavor is rich cherry, yeast and soy.

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