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Fruitcake...The Beer - Fullsteam Brewery

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-25-2012)
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-26-2013 21:25:34 | More by mechamifune
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-16-2014 15:20:21 | More by ncstateplaya
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atrocity

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.7%

04-29-2014 15:02:08 | More by atrocity
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-18-2014 14:19:09 | More by billhelm
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-02-2014 21:02:50 | More by jak
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SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark copper shines brightly. A Dogfish Head snifter is capped by a quarter inch of creamy ochre for a long time, eventually depositing light lacing above a viscous film.

A smoky character comes through toasted malt. Vanilla and strong oak are also present in this somewhat sweet profile. Sadly, no figs or nuts can be found though warmth does bring out the light aroma of dates.

The flavor profile generally follows the nose, showcasing sweet dates and toasted malt. Again, no nuts, but there is a suggestion of bourbon. The finish is sweet, culminating in a touch of acidity. As this beer warms, smokiness becomes more pronounced, building to a primary player.

Alcohol is present, though less than anticipated, in this medium-bodied, silky smooth beer. Carbonation is low, helping to accentuate the sipping qualities.

Full Steam consistently produces good beer, and this one is worthy of their reputation. Thank you for helping to promote the poor fruitcake to its former place of honor. Being a fan of good fruitcake, this one would pair well with good friends as a holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:06:47 | More by SLeffler27
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good bourbon barrel aged old ale, and with figs and chestnuts added it must be interesting. 2013 vintage, thanks to Beerness for this one.

A loud pssssttt lets me know there's plenty of carbonation in there, and big quickly rising fizzy bubbly head also tells me that, which hits a 2 finger quickly fading bubble bursting head leaving whisps of lacing, but continually reinforced with streaming bubbles, a tornado of streaming bubbles through the fairly hazy darker amber reddish colored beer. The bubbles streaming from the etch in my Tree House tulip are going up at a crazy rate, the head is actually growing now as a column of fizzy bubbles pushes up in the middle. either infected or just way overcarbonated.

Nose brings a fruity effervescent note, a yeasty like way over yeast, possible infection note but hard to tell at this point. Under that is a mild sweet malt, a little fig fruit, I can't get through the damn head to get a real aroma, a little boozy note with some phenolic touches, a mild smokey note, very faint bourbony oaky barrel note. As it warms the bourbon barrel and vanilla start to finally come through, as well as more of the fig and chestnut.

Taste brings a base decent beer but some possible infection notes as well, either the wrong funky yeast really took over way too much, or some infection came through. very effervescent, tingly carbonation and some warming tingly booze with that, mild phenolic note. The base beer is decent but the smoke just smashes it, lots of fruity notes with lots of fig and raisins, a touch of a chestnut note and nutty flavors, some caramel and soft malts, lots of smoked malt as well, like chimney smoke, or smoldering log and peat, hint of biscuit and some nutty toffee, mild syrupy sweet tones and molasses, smoked molasses. A hint of a bitterness comes through, mild woody esters, a touch of oak and faint bourbon, a bit of an alcoholic bourbon. The infection yeast flavor, or runaway yeast flavor is fairly strong at first, but eventually gives way to the sweet sticky malt components, which finish sticky and syrupy, still sweet, a mild more oak and wood tannin, bit more of the fig and touch of nut note, and tons of smoke, tannic smoke again chimney. Note that as it warms that possible infection disappears, it's just over yeasted, most likely note attenuated enough before bottled and hte yeast just took over, the bourbon eventually comes out a bit more, with more vanilla, and still lots of smoke, but no infection.

Mouth is fairly full bod, a bit syrupy and sticky, actually quite sticky and syrupy on the finish, way too much popping carbonation too, mild warming booze.

Overall, sigh, it seems like it would have been a nice beer without the runaway over crazy yeast or possible infection, it's not like a crazy funky Brett or bacterial infection, just like a funky yeast character that just went rampant, so possibly the wrong yeast got into it and just went to town. very little bourbon or barrel, decent figs at least, OK on the malt, but way too syrupy and sticky too, and the smoke just destroys anything else that wants to come out. Note again, not really infected, just under attenuated bottling with rampant yeast, and chemically smoked characters, so not the best beer but not as bad as I initially thought.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:37:57 | More by jlindros
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, split

After having the 2013 on-tap over the holidays, I was nervous about the 2012 bottle I had been stowing away. The 2013 version was a pretty unbearable smoky mess, but fortunately this was much better. It's still a touch smoky, but it's much more subtle and quite nice - i believe that flavor is coming from the chestnuts. Sweet, full bodied and a complexity of flavors. it doesn't remind me of a fruitcake, nor does it strike me as a holiday ale, but its pretty nice - booze, roasted chestnut, sweet stone fruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:26:59 | More by dirtylou
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-14-2014 02:36:55 | More by 2dogbrew
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-21-2014 15:49:02 | More by williamjbauer
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plinythederek

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-01-2014 00:41:24 | More by plinythederek
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Tgmckinn

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like mold and bandaids. Taste like sweet maltiness and bandaids. Mouthfeel is good. The recipe change for this beer was a huge mistake. Peated malt in a beer called Fruitcake...Terrible decision. Last year was really good, this year is a drain pour. Huge disappointment. Please go back to the old recipe...

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 02:01:36 | More by Tgmckinn
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%

01-03-2014 01:33:02 | More by JohnnyK
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-03-2014 01:05:27 | More by MacQ32
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, brown-caramel coloring with a low profile, small bubbled, filmy, off-white head that quickly settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of rich, old world fruit, including date and fig, with a toasted and roasted nut sweetness, and a subtle bitterness throughout. Smells warm, rich, and inviting. Flavors are super-rich forward, with heavy fig character and a solid chestnut character. The fig really takes over, with a richness and layered character that avoids overpowering somehow. Bitterness, smoke, and roast characteristics help to balance, but this one is a heavy hitter throughout. Robust and smooth bodied, with a roasted, richly sweet, and slightly bitter aftertaste, with hints of caramel, wood, and booze all coming through at the end. The finish is clean and crisp, with only hints of the rich old world fruit lingering on. This is a beast, but it sure as shit beats the hell out of the fruitcake I'm used to getting around the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:28:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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hipcat

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased 12/2013. Pours deep amber. Mostly clear, somewhat dull w/ no highlights. Moderate head that recedes quickly. Barrel aging gives it a smoked medicinal smell but not unpleasant. Smoked flavor dominates up front - may diminish with aging. Big beer with raisin/fig malty sweetness. Higher abv leaves nice warming feel. Wish I had aged it a bit...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 22:17:43 | More by hipcat
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-23-2013 02:33:49 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20%

06-15-2013 18:53:25 | More by nebula1999
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-12-2013 18:56:34 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-04-2013 19:09:22 | More by leftstagebrew
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-21-2013 00:04:31 | More by KevinGordon
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-15-2013 19:26:35 | More by imperialking
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Treebs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. Thanks to ASUbeer for the bottle.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind some splotchy and soapy looking lace.

S: This is super fruity. The chestnuts are really upfront. The bourbon is there with a nice spirit sweetness and some oak barrel as well.

T: Very fruity, just like the nose. The chestnuts give this earthy, fruity twang to this. The bourbon is there with a touch of heat. Some fig notes with a sweet jam like fruitiness as well. Mild glue on the finish with a sweet malt base. Light roast.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity finish.

O: This was an extremely interesting beer. The chestnuts gave this crazy fruity dimension that I haven't really had in a beer before.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:53:19 | More by Treebs
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2013 05:08:52 | More by fehrminator
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Fruitcake...The Beer from Fullsteam Brewery
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