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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry, and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation, and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared.

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3.4
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
A darkish amber color with an off-white head. For such a big beer, it’s a bit bland on the nose. But, there is a nice fruitiness of cherry and maybe grape, especially as it warms up a bit. There is just a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet bready malt flavor with a nice touch of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. More dark fruit character on the palate and a hint of warming alcohol.

3.6
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Nice sweet nose. Dried dark fruit, brown sugar, residual sugars, apples, pepper, caramel. Pours a nice reddish color with little to no head. Nice and sweet but not over the top. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, apples, apricots, etc and all that shit. Nice body, sweetness linger but it is never the top. A nice local old ale.

3.7
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2012
Draught. Pours a dark clear amber with a persistent offwhite head. Smells of raisin, brown sugar, and dark dried fruits. Tastes syrupy sweet, but tempered with a nicely balanced bitter. Creamy and syrupy texture. Finishes wet. A very nice beer.

3.5
drfabulous (8467) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Draught at Taphouse Grille. Big malty winter warmer. Brown sugar. Super sweet. A bit too sweet.

2.4
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours medium brown and clear. Aroma is very sweet malt with complex fruit tones. It’s down hill from there. The primary flavor is just pure sweet malt which is do not like in any beer. In this one, there is some subtle complexity to it, but I just can’t get past the unrefined sweetness of this one. Never again.

3.8
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bomber. Pours a crimson-hued copper color with a small circle of resiny off-white head. Lots of cherry, caramel, oak, fig and honey notes in the aroma. The flavors begins with a strong dose of toffee, dates and malt along with some brown sugar, vanilla, black cherry and red wine. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly syrupy with more dark fruits and caramel in the finish. The alcohol flavor is subtle and does its part to hold together all the rich textures. Overall, a rich dessert beer that makes for an enjoyable Christmas Eve indulgence.

3.8
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #19. Real nice beer, dark fruity aromas, sweet and toffee like. Really enjoyable. (2026)

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killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
22 oz. from Freddie’s. This is a great strong ale! Smells of pine and berries. Very appropriate for the season. Thick, rich, and viscous. Lots of big fat bubbles mix with the brandy-like concoction to make this one to be savored. No alcohol heat to speak of. Will probably grab one to cellar as well.

4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Courtesy of riversideAK, thanks Alex. Pours slightly hazy deep copper with thin tan head. The aroma has rich sticky malts, prunes and a bit of toffee and caramel candy. Smells of pure yum. The taste is rich for sure with sludgy sweet sticky malts mixing with prunes and dried peach wedges and a bit of dark grape jelly too. Around the edges of the malts and dark fruity esters are mostly echoes of pine hop resiny bitterness. The hops are there but well off in the background. This is a very nice barleywine. Wow!

3.8
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse Thanks Ibrew2or3-bottle-pours an off white ring for a head and brow color. Aroma is spice hops, medium malt-molasses. Taste is spice hops, medium malt-molasses, medium fruit. Medium body.


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