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2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

2 Turtle Doves2 Turtle Doves

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

399 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 399
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2 Turtle Doves is the second in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We decided to take our inspiration from the name and base the beer on the "turtle" candy, brewing it with cocoa nibs, toasted pecans, caramelized sugar and a lot of caramel malts. Somewhere between a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale and an Imperial Porter, this beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 10-12-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I well enjoyed this one, found in Phoenix. Dark colour with some head. Pleasant aromas. Above average mouthfeel. On the sweeter side, with good characters of the coco, pecan nuttiness, yeast and very pleasant Belgian. I did not detect the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:53:49 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a really unique peanut butter and jelly combo. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 18:02:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bittersweet chocolate brown with slim highlights of orange and gold barely visible along the bottom edge. The golden khaki colored crown filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating in slow motion. It never does becomes rocky, or visually interesting, and lays down almost no lace.

The nose is redolent of dark caramel and cocoa, with a background earthiness. Maybe a hint of toasted pecans, but I never would have gotten there on my own. An olfactory flicker of tart fruit is worrisome.

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves is not light years better than Partridge In A Pear Tree, as was hoped. It might be a little bit better, once warming has occurred and the various flavors have had a chance to meld. It isn't a classic BSDA by any means, but that's probably the most accurate choice. Belgian-style stout would work too.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, chocolate-covered caramels, tangy medium-dark fruit, black licorice and cloves. Alcohol is exceptionally well-masked, especially given the ABV. In the end, it comes together just well enough to earn the taste score seen above.

Despite being decently bubbled (never a certainty with these guys), the body/mouthfeel doesn't wow. It needs more size and especially more voluminous creaminess. Maybe the carbonation could use some work after all.

The Bruery has never really delivered on their early promise. Only a couple of saisons (Rue and De Lente) have been truly impressive. 2 Turtle Doves is good beer that was worth the purchase price, but I'll be looking for something more from 3 French Hens.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 12:41:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 16:17:32 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From old notes. Had this on-tap at the Bruery at its release.

A: Pours a dark brown color (mahogany?) with some reddish notes and a big khaki head.

S: The chocolate comes through nicely and there is a distinct nuttiness to it. A definite dark fruit thing underneath such as raisins and black cherry. As it warms, there is more and more of a raw cocoa aroma.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting with quite a bit of nuttiness. Cocoa and baker's chocolate with a fair sweetness coming from the strong Belgian beer that serves as the base. Similar fruit notes come to mind here as well.

M: Medium in body with a full carbonation to it.

O: Considerably better than Partridge. The nuttiness sort of threw me, but I found it to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 07:26:37 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a BSDA, with an espresso color and a fluffy beige head; clumps of lace cling to the chalice on the way down

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit, with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts

Taste: Boozy dark fruit flavors dominate the opening, with an increasing astringency developing by mid-palate, with nut skin and chocolate aspects as well; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the chocolate coming to the fore in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Still a little young and boozy, but has potential; deep layers of flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:06:44 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and sweet malt base is fortunately not overly sweet. Taste is just enough balance between some dry fruits such as figs and plums with a rich sweet malt backbone. Body si quite full with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall though some of the upfront sweetness could be more balance with some additional complexity from missing ester.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:13:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a large off white head and some good lacing as it goes down my tulip. Nose brings forward really nice notes of caramel, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar, and some generic sweetness.

The taste adds in some dark fruits in addition to molasses, caramel, nuts, and some sweet malt. Medium body with a bit of booze and nice carbonation levels. A really interesting concept and quite tasty. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops over the years.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:49:20 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Ah, Christmas in July. It pours a slightly translucent dark brown topped by about a finger of tan bubbly head. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, figs, plums, molasses, brown sugar, and that Belgian yeast character...you know the one. The taste follows very closely, with the chocolate and brown sugar amping up their sweetness (and then some), and a nice nuttiness coming through, ostensibly from the pecans. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Not a bad holiday brew at all. Makes me wonder how Three French Hens is gonna work out this winter...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:58:02 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring with a ton of giant bubbles. Dark, dark brown body that is a bit lighter at the fringes. Some nice spotty lacing. Pretty impressive for such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like turtles - semi-dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and pecans. There's also some booziness to it. This is still pretty hot and could probably use some time to mellow and develop more dark fruit character.

T - The taste is much roastier with a ton of nuttiness, with a bitter dark chocolate finish. The alcohol is much better hidden as well, as it manifests as rum-soaked dark fruits.

M - Lower carbonation, viscous, smooth, medium-thick body. It's spot on for a high-gravity dessert beer.

D - This is pretty drinkable for a 12% beer, but I still feel like I'm getting diabetes after a 1/2 glass. 4-6oz is an appropriate serving. Best suited for sharing with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:55:01 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to DavoleBomb for this one.

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of brown/mocha head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Raisins & other dark fruit, mutes a bit as this warms & then booze

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, oaky dryness baker's choclate & some boozeyness up front, plus just a hint of vanilla. Raisins & a hint of cherry dominate as this warms, plus dryness & assertive but not overly intrusive booze that continues to mellow the warmer this gets, plus plums. finishes pretty dry with much plum & raisin & a bit of brandyish type boozeyness

MF: Fairly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation, pretty rich & complex

Pretty drinkable, especially it warms, the booze warmth blends better with all flavors presented. A fairly clean tasting take at the style, this went down well after working outdoors for half a day in the cold & wind. I look forward to more bruery offerings as I get a chance to find/try them

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:09:31 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a very complex nose, boasting of chocolate and crystal malts with a bit of black malt balance. The coco nibs are really nice in the aroma; very chocolatey. The taste is great as well. Again, it's loaded with sweet chocolate flavor. There is some roasted, black malt bitterness present, but only enough to balance the coco sweetness. There is a delicate alcohol warmth present that's well received as well as an outstanding yeast finish. The yeast character really stands out in this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass beer. It's almost a dessert beer, but I could drink this anytime; really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 14:46:39 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark brown / black and cloudy. There is almost no head (even after kind of a rough pour). What little head is there is brown and tiny bubbles. Carbonation is low as is lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is alcohol first, a woodsey and slight roast second.

The flavor is about what the aroma set me up to expect. Can definitely taste the alcohol, some spices, coffee in the back of the mouth and the aftertaste, overall the beer is pretty dry, wasn't expecting that. Roast is in the back there are no hops or real bitterness in this one.

This beer was OK. Drinkability moderate and mouthfeel was fine, medium body, plenty of flavors to keep me entertained.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:41:50 | More by drabmuh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
A vigorous pour produces an initially two finger thick, darkly amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber-brown color that shows quite opaque when held up to the light. The nose smells of dark fruit, concentrated caramelized and toasted malt and even a rich toasted nuttiness; there is almost a woodiness here that is perhaps nut or perhaps malt derived (I don’t think it is from actual oak or some other wood). There is a bitter, dark / roasted edge to this beer that is just barely there; is it from the cocoa, or is it malt derived, it is too subtle for me to be sure. As the beer warms up a touch of chocolate, some definite toffee, and a raisin / prune like note become a bit more noticeable in the aroma

The beer is quite sweet tasting up front, there is a touch of barely prickly carbonation, a whole lot of rich, chewy and viscous heft to the body, but the finish has a touch of bitterness that seems roast derived, perhaps a hint of fruity tartness and some toasted grain husk like character that provides a touch of a foil to the up-front sweetness. Deeply caramelized malt flavors remind me of toffee, a date and raisin like fruitiness and a definite molasses or brown sugar like note. There is a general nuttiness that is fairly expressive and toasted quality to this beer, though it could in theory all be malt derived (I wouldn’t specifically guess that nuts were used in the making of this beer). The alcohol provides some warming and even some spice / heat to the finish, though it does not get overly hot or detracting. Cocoa notes combine, boost, and accentuate the nuttiness here; this almost has a sweetened, brown butter like flavor to it somehow. There is an almost smokiness to this brew; most of it is likely contributed by a touch of yeast derived phenolics and there is also perhaps a touch of spiciness, though the yeast most noticeably comes through in the ample, dark fruit character that forms the core of this beer. This is quite the sipping brew, it is sweet, even somewhat cloying at times, it really has a density to it as it rests / clings to the palate; this is a beer to be sipped in small quantities over an evening for sure.

I really like the rich, yet subdued nuttiness that is in this brew; it plays really well with the rich malt and helps to balance the big sweetness that this beer has. The nuttiness, when combined with the fruitiness, and sweetness, seems to remind me quite a bit of amaretto even. This is a bit too sweet, surely some years of age will help with this immensely though; this is likely a beer that will easily go the distance; with more nuttiness and sherry notes that come with age and help to temper the sweetness, this will likely be drinking quite divinely within about 4 years and perhaps even to 2020, or whenever this is supposed to last to. I definitely think this beer will actually improve quite a bit with some more age on it, though I wonder what piquancy it has lost in the two years since its release.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:42:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A much stronger aroma that I expected from this brew. This was a vintage from a firkin. Everything about this kind of reminded me of a barley wine. The aroma was boozie with some dried fruits in the mix. There is some cranberry and fig flavors that fade into the strong alcohol aftertaste. Overall this is a really nice beer for Christmas time, bad thing is that it's aesthete brew and we may not see this again.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2011 22:04:08 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown to black opaque hue with cola highlights, beautiful fine bubbled effervescent four finger thicket of head forms. These bottles got some carbonation going on, lacing is fine and even definitely in the Belgian style. This is my first run in with this bruer and there's definitely a nice layer of hype surrounding the experience. That's not a bad thing, but the frenzy to get the last release Partridge in a Pear Tree get's to me especially in the trading forums.

Aroma hits my nares with a sharp sweetness and soothing roasted pecans, a nice vanilla and oak like charred roasted malt character blends nicely. That dark roasted malt note with the cocoa nibs is really nice, the dark chocolate is there with a nice layer of fruitiness a bit of sweetened cherries with caramel and nuts. Complex to say the least, the amount of carbonation does indeed tickle the nostrils as well, it makes you want to giggle like the Pillsbury doughboy. Faint herbal hops do show up in the nose especially as it warms a bit.

Flavor is blasting with complexity again the sharp sweetness seems to coat the entire mouthfeel, with a layer of acidity from the dark roasted malt and cocoa nib additions. It's got a dark black roasted coffee edge with welcoming fruit dark cherries, caramel, and again mild charred oak even though I know this one hasn't met a barrel yet. There's just too much sweetness and carbonation to actually detect the hop bitterness or flavor, but the dark roasts blended with the dark roasts also has somewhat of a medicinal cherry syrup flavor. Basically due to the 12% abv, I think this aspect will mellow especially for those crazy types willing to hold on to this until the 12 Drummers Drumming release, I wouldn't say the heat kills the flavor profile right now but I'd prefer it to more on the mellow side. This one will warm you up this winter, grab a cigar and a couple extra bottles so you don't have to treat this like a holy grail ale. I think the pecans come off more in the nose, while the bottle has more of an oily bitterness from the nut additions.

Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a heavier note of carbonation, oily resins from both hops and nut additions. The finish leaves a bitter acrid old coffee water flavor with the acidity from dark chocolate as the mouthfeel after each sip. This is one aspect of the brew that really didn't sit well with me especially in the last of my pour.

Drinkability overall was okay definitely a nice brandy snifter/chalice sipper right now, serve this as an after dinner beer this Christmas and spin some heads. A special brew with big features that should tame with time. Definitely a beer that will have no problems holding up to the test of time if cellared properly, I would have a hard time drinking this in quantity definitely split with at least one friends or do yourself a favor and find a group of beer lovers to share this beauty with.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:57:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lace develops.

Smell: chocolate, nuttiness, earthiness, and a bit of yeast comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice roasted malt flavors with bitter chocolates, nuts, prunes, yeast, and a mild earthiness. Moderate bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp and a bit dry to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: very slow sipping beer with a big flavor. One bottle is more than enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 14:09:37 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery and elsewhere through the Christmas season,

A: Pours brown with a nice off-white head, good retention and lace, all around solid look.

S: Striking brown malt and dark nut smells.

T: Notes of brown sugar and some roasted malt. Pecans add a unique flavour, with some dark chocolate.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy.

D: A nice beer, still a little young for me. The nuts tend to go a little astringent at times, but a minor quibble. I can't wait to see what this does in a year or 2.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 22:19:09 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown color with good carbonation and a fluffy tannish head. Nose is a complete let down. Smelled funky, booze. Taste is hot up front, immediate turn off, sourness, cocoa and the pecan is a struggle to find. Mouthfeel is hot, sknunky, unpleasant. Drinkability. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:02:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern for $5 a goblet. It appeared dark brown with a short head. The initial aroma is sweet, fruity booze, followed by roasted grains. The flavor is a little too rich with bitter fruit. There's good complexity, but the balance is off. The dark fig and dried cherries notes fade into dark chocolate and smoke before a too dry and bitter citrus rind and floral tang - just not pleasant. Good beer, but needs some refining.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 14:42:39 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/25/11 notes. Drank this, 3 French Hens, and 4 Calling Birds in a row. Think I liked this one the most, though 4 Calling Birds was close (for different reasons).

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass and a minute or so of head retention. Looks pretty good, surprised how carbonated it looks.

s - Smells of cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, spices, bready malts, and light caramel. Not getting any nuts or pecans.

t - Tastes of cherries, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, light spice, toasted malts, and bready malts. taste is sweet but not too sweet, and has more chocolate than the nose. A tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink for 12% ABV.

o - Overall a beer that has held up very well. I didn't have it fresh, but it is drinking pretty nice right now, and I'd guess it holds up well for a few more years (not sure about 8). Would have it again, may crack it again in 2 Christmas' or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:27:20 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, w/o bottling date, which would be a nice touch for a bottled beer that can be aged for up to 10 years, according to the label anyway....pours near black, long lasting very dark khaki fluffy head, medium collar and typical light lace bits. Bold nose of dark chocolate, dark malts, some warming boozeness. Big, bold, brassy, ballsy and complex offering. Lots of dark chocolate, dark malts, 12% in evidence on nose and back of the tongue, but not overly hot or boozy. As it warms, the dark and bitter chocolate oozes out and coats the mouth. heady and quite delicious...."suitable for aging up to 10 years"...yeah right, I had this in the fridge for two days and I'm glad I cracked it open tonight.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:02:38 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights with some yeast left in bottle. Nose is dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruit, sweet roasted chocolate and alcohol. Pricey at $12.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:23:07 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to roopy40 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus tan head, with some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, and some spices. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/cocoa, vanilla sweetness, and some spice notes. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Very Drinkable, this is a joy to drink, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 23:43:59 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles promptly, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is chocolate and malts. Taste is chocolate throughout, but has a tartness in the middle that I wasn't impressed with. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. That tartness already present seems way out of place for something that's supposed to cellar well for another 10 years.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:55:45 | More by ppoitras
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2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.