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Review by Oxymoron on 11/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
The back story behind this beer is great. Would never have thought to shoot a tree before. Pours a mostly dark shade of brown with red highlights. Good clarity. A soft white head at the pour that hid to the side of the glass through the whole tasting. Limited lacing though. Really we are calling this a brown?

The nose has a lot going on. Some complexity from the malt but is over showed by alcohol, fusel, and some strong woody notes. To start the malt is fairly sweet with some caramel and brown sugary notes. Some molasses and maple combination. The alcohol notes are very noticeable and mix with some phenols, plums, raisins, figs, pineapples and mangos.

The taste is more in check. The malt comes out as the alcohol and fusel backs off. The malt is more robust with a thickness to it but the sugary notes come out a bit more sharp. Some sweetness that is felt in the teeth, like a fluoride issue. Brown sugar notes, kettle carame and some molasses flavors with a slight minerally taste on the back end. Some meaty/smokey notes that don't really fit. The wood notes really come out nicely. More of a wood like flavor with a hint of vanilla on the back end. Very unique. There is some kick, no kidding, with the ABV. The yeast does come out with more plums and figs while the other tropical fruits back off.

The body is big and sweet. Sure its big but there is a linger sweetness that just lingers into the finish. Carbonation is a bit light which might help the balance out. I suppose this is an ager but really there is a lot going on here. And why a US brown?

Served In: Bottle