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Fruitcake...The Beer - Fullsteam Brewery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 12-25-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a translucent brown and slightly amber color with a bubbly white froth. A twirl of froth remains up top looking like the top of a twister on a cool spring afternoon. Really nice lacing remains on the glass throughout.

S - Just a great blend of many scents here. Some caramel, bread & malts, hints of boozey bourbon (but not overpowering), fig, cherry, a faint nutty character, some raisins and dates as well. Nothing truly overpowering which was very nice.

T - There's the bourbon on the forefront which leaves quickly and the fig and malt character comes in on the finish.Some bits of vanilla bean and oak come through. Very faint on the oak.

M - medium to high carbonation but smooth going down. slight fizz on the tongue but good texture.

O - A very nice strong ale. I liked it very much and highly recommend it. The booze isn't overpowering and the 9.5% will sneak up on you.

brstls4drmrs, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

williamjbauer, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ASUBeer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Considered an old stock ale,I put it in the American Strong Ale category.Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear amber/bronze with a very well defined white creamy head,poured with a nice bead and nice head.Toasted oak and vanilla mixed with drunken figs in the nose,I like that the aromas showcase what's in the beer,it's pretty boozy.Very smooth and it feels lighter for a "bigger" beer,it slides down easy.Dark fruit and sweet alcohol on the palate,it's like a whiskey soaked fruitcake,to me it has more of a Canadian whiskey character to it with it's vanilla and fruitiness to it,the alcohol is prevelent.What a nice CHRISTmas eve beer to have, it's a sipper but not a heavy sleep inducer,another top notch Fullsteam offering.

oberon, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of CManuel
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden burnt orange/yellow with a minimal head that lingers a bit.

Smell: Agree with a previous reviewer on the smell: smells a bit like a fruity vanilla yogurt at first, with hints of bourbon on the end of the nose.

Taste: Bourbon hits you up front, very warming. Nice oak flavors follow, and ends with the taste of figs. Beer tastes a lot higher than 9.5% to me.

Mouthfeel: Not highly carbonated, which I prefer in this style.

Not a bad beer, definitely a unique strong ale.

CManuel, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

dirtylou, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

hemorhoidzz, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at good bottle co. Light orange/gold pour, thin layer of white, sticks just a bit.

Aroma, vanilla yogurt covered red fruit. Some pineapple. A nice oak or light bourbon presence.

Taste a little fruitcake sums it up well. Oaky vanilla, caramel accent well and boldly. A great balance between the fruit, malt and barrel.

A tad above mid bodied. Carbonation about right. Warming; so a bit of a sipper.
Pretty nice, probably fits best in this category.

Bung, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mechamifune, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

plinythederek, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

sholland119, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

GTB, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Bonko_the_sane, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

imperialking, Apr 15, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Treebs, Mar 10, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

GarthDanielson, Dec 29, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

SLeffler27, Mar 22, 2014
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bexley10, Dec 26, 2012
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KevinGordon, Apr 21, 2013
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FUwolfpacker, Dec 23, 2013
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fehrminator, Feb 24, 2013
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2dogbrew, Mar 14, 2014
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pjs234, Jan 27, 2013
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Fruitcake...The Beer from Fullsteam Brewery
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