RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Atlanta Brewing Company’s newest beer for the 2008-2009 winter season is a Belgian style strong dark ale. It took several different malts from the United States, Canada, and Belgium, plus dark candi sugar to get this beer to it’s hefty abv of 8.2%. Chestnut brown in color, aromas of dark fruits, bananas (bananas foster?), rise from an alcohol laced head. Plum-like flavors with accents of raisins, crusty French bread, and caramel followed by gentle warming are enjoyed with each sip.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12oz bottle. deep chestnut brown. Dates, candi sugar, raisin, lots of dark fruits in the aroma. Prune juice dipped sourdough bread. Fruity and doughy. Nice dark malt complexity. Finishes with a nice alcohol burn with some woodiness. Classic Belgian style big beer with dark malt.

Cybercat (6336) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Pours clear mahogany with a nice but effervescent pale tan head. Aroma has a strong note of brandy, as well as caramel, toasted malt and wood. Flavor pleases with caramel, cola, cloves, malt and brandy notes. Mouthfeel features firm body, if not good fizz. However, this bottle had been sitting around for at least five years, which probably stole away some fizz and added the brandy tone. Winter is coming--

jw0406 (1315) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Aromas of dark fruit, raisins, dark caramel. Full bodied, probably aged a little to long, but still not bad.

SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with red highlights, head is beige. Sweet fruit and mixed malts fills the nose. Taste is nice malts, dark fruits, and just enough hops to bring the palate senses full circle.

phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle from TheBeerSommelier- thanks, Matt! Pours a murky amber chestnut color with a small beige ring for a head. Aroma of brown and candi sugar, overripe pit fruits, caramel malts, banana, earth, and toast. Flavor of brown sugar, raisins, banana bread, toffee, caramel malts, plums, and pecans. Light-medium bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty sweet and all over the place, but interesting.

Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Cloudy brown pour with thin tan head (quickly dissipating) and very little lacing. Surprisingly crisp aroma. Mostly fruit (apples?) with some maltiness. Somewhat thin; the flavor has some maltiness with candy sweetness...not much else going on. Decent beer but a surprising lack of depth and character for a Belgian ale.

dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Thanks to TheBeerSommelier for the bottle. Reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Raisin, hard candy and Belgian yeast aroma. Thick body, dark fruit, Belgian yeast esters and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Good brew.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle from TheBeerSommelier - thanks! Murky dark brown body with a thin ring of head. Nose is raisins, brown malt, brown sugar, cherries. Flavor is hone, cherries, alcohol. Sourish twang & brown sugar more apparent in the finish.

Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12oz bottle. Opaque deep brown with a touch of red, creamy beige head. Nose is fairly sweet with some candie sugar, toffee, raisins and a touch of booze. Moderately sweet candied fruits on the palate.

SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Lots of chocolate caramel malts with dark fruit and notes of alchohol and minerality from the candy sugar.

jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with ruby hints. A finger’s worth of khaki head that fades to a nice lacing. Smell is sweet, dark fruit, caramel, and slightly metallic with a little alcohol note. Very pleasant. Taste is burnt caramel, metallic, and sour. The alcohol that I got in the aroma is well covered in the taste. The sourness was a little much for me and quite off putting. Body was well carbonated and smooth.

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