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Review by everetends on 08/04/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 18 3 8 2011
22 oz bottle I picked up apparently a couple years ago. Batch 001, bottled on 9-7-2011. Served up a snifter.

A: Dark brown, almost black in appearance. Held to the light, the brown comes out more with some garnet hues pushing through. Although dark, it appears pretty clear. The pour built a finger of light brown head. It falls and retains at a creamy half finger. Lacing is chunky but sporadic.

S: Things kick off with a sweet, milk chocolate and whiskey aroma. A little sweet smelling but damned nice to dip your nose into the glass. Really getting the earthy sweetness from the fig juice, but the other added juices elude me. Well, maybe I spoke too soon. Getting some grape as it warms. There is an almost pie crust note building on the back end. Vanilla and brown sugar round things out.

T: I didn't think this thing could keep up with the aroma, but it does. The best way I can describe the most prevalent note in this beer is if you somehow got chocolate chips into some Fig Newtons. It has that milk chocolate chip sweetness, with the sweet and earthy fig cookie quality. The vanilla from the whiskey barrel is really contributing to this note, but there is also a nice level of whiskey that can be pulled out as well. Touches of brown sugar and caramel. Not getting as much rye as I hoped, but after trying it I am not disappointed. The juices are mellow at this point, but there is some grape and pomegranate reaching out to the taste buds from time to time. Citrusy hop bitterness comes forth right at the end to balance things out a bit.

M: Full bodied with a medium carbonation. The feel is creamy and almost rich. Sweet with a touch of bitterness on the palate. ABV is big at times, and it brings a good amount of heat to the throat and belly. Aftertaste leaves some whiskey and hop bitterness.

OA: Incredibly good. I just grabbed this out of the beer closet to make a little room. I expected very little, and I am happily surprised by the outcome. Sure it lies a bit on the sweet side (almost stout like at times), but the flavors are incredibly pleasant and somehow avoid overwhelming the palate. This beer shines in pretty much every category, and I could not be happier to be sipping on this brew tonight.

Served In: Snifter

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