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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our second anniversary brew, a dark ale made with over 40 pounds of cranberries per barrel and aged in new oak barrels.

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anders37 (27667) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly tart cranberry aroma with hints of wood. Sweetish malty weak chocolate and cranberry flavor with woody hints. Has a sweetish fruity cranberry woody finish.

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught) Pours a dark murky brown with a creamy medium tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, rye bread, oak, and caramel. Flavor of cranberries, caramel, chocolate, and oak. Tasty!

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Date: 08/09/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste

Appearance: mudy dark brown, scant head,
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, lots of earthy oak, only a hint of sweetness from some dark caramel,
Flavor: rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor, lots of oak, light oaky tartness, long light bitter finish from the earth and oak,

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

JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Sampled at FoBAB 2008. Pours darkest brown with some tan head. Aroma of tart black cherry, but also roasty and sweet. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla and cherry. Pretty good.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a well-lacing froth of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel and light fruits with a touch of woody oak. Body starts fairly full and semi-sweet with a tart fruity cranberry balance before a drier oaky tart finish. A pretty interesting fruit beer.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured thick, sludgy medium brown with a short cap of beige head.. looked kinda like mud. The aroma picked up lots of barrel (sour oak and bourbon) with a hint of vanilla.. heavy cranberry tartness was a welcome addition.. chocolate and a bit more dark maltage came through, but it was well buried. The flavor had semi-sweet chocolate and lesser caramel maltage at the core with sour bourbon and cranberry skin tartness surrounding.. long sour impression on the finish with more of the fruit.. good stuff. Heavily-bodied and warm on the palate with lots of fruity tartness.. lots of barrel in here, but it worked.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #719 - It seems we have settled on this listing for this particular beer, dubbed "Cherry Two" at FoBAB. Poured a dark brown-black hue, with a sizable brown head that sticks around. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, wood, and light fruitiness. Taste is different in proportion: a bit of interesting tart sour tucked into darker malts, chocolate, and wood. Finishes dry. Largely, a very enjoyable combination of cranberries and chocolatey oakiness. Cherries sweeten the brew a touch, possibly taking away some of the cranberry. Overall, largely malty and oaky. The fruit adds a special touch, though. Cheers!

vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2008
GTMW 08 - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of vanilla, some bourbon and roasty malt. Medium / thick body with sharp carbonation. Starts with a bourbon and cranberry mix that gets quite roasty with the malt. The finish is bitter with some abv and cranberry tartness. Overall this came across quite messy like the flavors hadn’t had a chance to fully blend yet.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
GTMW 2008: Deep brown with an okay head and some lace. The aroma has notes of twangy fruits, caramel malts, toast, vanilla, and oak. The taste is acidic and fruity at first but the barrel influence shows up quickly. A strange allspice finish. The mouth feel is sharp and biting. Okay brew but seems to lack focus.

Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Special Release at 1:30 pm, and served on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours an opaque dark reddish brown brew with a thin tan head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, dark pitted fruit, dark chocolate, molasses and some tart cranberries. Taste is not as thick as the regular version, though still full bodied, with flavors of sour dark malt, cranberries, dark chocolate and a touch of raspberries. Finish is semi-tart and mildly bitter along with a smooth dark roasted malt and cranberry aftertaste. The oak aging has done some nice smoothing out this special release beer.

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