RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A full-bodied strong ale brewed with raisins and finished with dark Bing cherries. The raisins give this high alcohol brew an almost port character with a hint of cherries in the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. The nose is dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is light cherries, dried fruits, biscuits with honey and holiday spice. Medium bodied. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherries, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and grain. Flavor of roasted malt, cherries, raisins, biscuit, lactose, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours deep mahogany with small white head that disapates quickly. Only light aroma of dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is up front big sweet Chery syrup but too cloying. Balances with a bit of malt and more dark fruit flavors. The raisins come first and then a bit of cherry. Could be considered over the top but works pretty well. Not too sweet on the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
[Tap] Pours a bright orange/brown color with a thin foamy head. Aroma of candied figs, caramel malts, alcohol and ripe oranges. The taste is of sweet fruits, raisins, light brown sugar, orange and lots of alcohol. No noticeable cherry flavors, as mentioned in the description. Syrupy body and sticky palate. Decent balance and low carbonation. Honestly this one was a little weird, but it really grew on me as I continued to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Tap at AZSBF.Pour is deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, plum, dried fig, and brown sugar. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of black cherry and rum cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10961) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Nice beer! Rich aromas of toffee, caramel, raisins, prunes, brown sugar. Flavor has some great fruity notes, sweetness, caramel, fresh cane syrup, light hops. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
From the growler this pours with a one-finger thick, nicely tanned head. The beer is a dark amber, sort of plum color that shows a mostly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dry biscuit malt up front for a split second before a sweet caramelized grain note and lots of fruit dominates the nose. Notes of plum, caramelized prickly pear syrup (or something sort of like this), big dried fig notes, brown sugar bread notes, some touches of caramelized cotton candy and definite raisin are all pretty prominent. This reminds me of the smell of a fruit cake in many ways. Some toasted maltiness lingers towards the finish as it intermingles with the sweet fruity notes that dominate the nose.

The tastes is fairly sweet up front and the sweetness picks up in intensity as it rolls across the tongue, though it is certainly not any where near cloying. The beer tastes quite fruity with notes of raisins, sweet berries, fig jam, currant jam and definite fruit cake. The beer finishes with a touch of grain astringency and a faint bitterness; this last is quite low and the hop character in general in this beer is very subdued with perhaps a hint of herbal character along with the low bitterness. Fizzy carbonation provides a touch of peppery bite, which helps to balance the sweetness a bit, and the body is actually somewhat lighter than I was expecting as the fruit sugars have likely lightened this up a bit; still this is definitely a somewhat viscous sipping brew. There is a nice, supporting malt character here that provides flavors of toasted biscuits, sweet brown bread, brown sugar and spicy, rich crystal malt notes.

The fruitiness of this beer is quite distinct, I didnt realize before my first sip that there was actual fruit used in this recipe, but it definitely plays a big role in the flavor. Ill be really curious to see what happens to the bourbon barrel aged version of this beer; if it doesnt stay too long in the barrel it might end up quite tasty. I am finding myself quite enjoying this beer actually; for some reason I thought this was a Barleywine coming in to this beer, but it is more of a dark, strong, fruit beer and it perfectly fits the cold weather we are currently experiencing here in Tucson.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2011
on tap at the brewery(18Jan11)pours light brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet toffee and fruity yeast with a spiced rum note as well. Flavor is big on caramel, dark fruits and big yeast character. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2011
On tap @ TC - After a five and a 1/2 year hiatus, its back. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is light esters. Flavor is esters and light malt. Not a lot of cherries here. Medium body. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Tap at Papago. Aroma of cherries and alaohol. Dark in the pub but body looked like it had a ruby tynt to it. Small white head with some lacing. Flavor of malts, cherries and alcohol. This beer isnt as sweet and tart as a friut beer would sometimes be. Alcohol on palate.. So if your an alcohol content beer drinker you should try this one if available at brewery or papago in Arizona.

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