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Review by seaoflament on 05/28/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2006
I'm pretty sure I got this one from Joey a while back, thanks for the opportunity!

2006 vintage, 16oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half inch of foam. Not that much retention or lacing but a swirl does bring back some more head.

Loads of dark fruits like plums, dates, and raisins. Also getting some cherry, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, Mexican camote (a caramelized sweet potato), fruity yeast esters, and a bit of alcohol that's pretty well hidden in the back. Nice malt complexity, not quite as robust as I was expecting but still nice. Hints of sherry-like notes in the background. After the first sip I can pick up more notes of toast and multi-grain bread. The aroma is not really intense to start with so after the beer settles for a few minutes the aroma gets more reserved and almost timid. Decent, good, but not outstanding.

Hints of fruits on the tip of the tongue then it changes to the bready malts and toast, caramel in the middle, and with a finish of figs, plums, and prunes. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Some nutty flavors in the finish as well as some light cocoa and chocolate. A bit of cherry flavor near the end of the sip. Subtle earthy bitterness in the finish but enough to balance out the sweetness and keep the beer from being cloyingly sweet. More intense caramel/toffee flavors later on with a deep toasted bread flavor in the finish. Some notes of apple and rose petals as well. Maybe a tad spicy alcohol too. I like it.

A bit thin in the beginning but a smooth and almost creamy finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, only revealing itself in the finish to warmth the back of the throat and the pit of the stomach. Quite easy to drink and enjoyable.

Not bad, and even though it's not among my favorite styles, I wouldn't mind having again, especially with some more age on it. Seems more like an English inspired barley wine to me though.

Served In: Tulip

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