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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark rich ale is incredibly complex. Notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, raisins, and black pepper play against a sweet vanilla flavor from the oak and a round satiny finish from the hint of brandy left in the wood.

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4.3
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at Milltown: Pours a soft rich burgundy and brown with a brief light tan head. Wonderful aroma, notes of fig and prune with raisin and a ton of other dark fruits. A touch of alcohol shows through along with wood and some brandy. Dark fruit dominates the flavor, very rich fig and prune with some barrel and alcohol warmth.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare. Aroma is vinous grapes, oak, cookie and caramel malt with dates and vanilla. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, vinous notes, vanilla, dates and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
Travlr (24875) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft at Max’s. hazy ruby maroon color, pretty much flat. Aroma of vanilla, prunes, plums. Taste is tawny port, dark winter fruit, vanilla. Tasty.

3.7
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
A really good beer, though not my personal taste. Very fruity and spicy with high quantity of oaky tannins. Sweet. Hard for me to drink more than a snifter, but good on those terms. I don’t really love quads but this one is quite good.

4
Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart plums, berries, dark fruits, spice, bread, dark chocolate, faint brandy. The taste is plums, berries, bread, spice, caramel, faint wood, warming brandy finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.7
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Great Alaska Beer And Barley Wine Fest 2013. Clear dark amber color with tan foam. Big brandy, toffee, spicy yeast, dark fruit aromas. medium body. Sweet sharp caramel, pit fruits, wet wood, cognac, spicy yeast flavors--very tasty.

4
marcus (10228) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint, a thin beige head and a brandy aroma. There is a sweet molassed flavor with a nice mellow finish.

3.8
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Dark brown with a beige head. Lots of aromas of brown sugar and dried fruit with oak coming through as well. I much prefer this brew to the regular version. Just so much more complex and interesting. I wish they sold this in bottles I’d be interested to see how it matures. As far as I know, this brew is only available on tap. Great beer.

3.8
podey (638) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Poured draught at Gingerman NYC. Pours dark, dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is of caramalized sugar and dark fruit and malt. Taste is carmalized sugar as well with a little vanilla and booziness but very smooth and balanced. I really enjoyed this.

4.1
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Poured from bottle. Deep, dark reddish pour. Boozy, but nicely so. Caramelly, almost syrup but not syrup sweet. Almond finish.


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