9 Ladies Dancing
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American Strong Ale
3.7 | pDev: 14.59%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
9 Ladies Dancing9 Ladies Dancing
Notes: American Strong ale brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose.
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 234 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a muddy brown with a small white head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel, a bit of earthiness, dirt, vanilla, hints of bourbon even though it isn't bourbon barrel aged. Smell of alcohol, smells solid.

T: Sweet caramel, vanilla, cherry and a touch of bourbon, some alcohol burn. Feels like something is missing.

F: Slick and oily, big body.

O: This is average, though I might have held on to my bottle for a little too long.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Mar 15, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2019 rebrew - 375 ml. bottle poured into Trillium The Six States glass.

L: Medium to dark brown beer, 2F foamy slightly off-white head, leaves no lacing and a tiny cap and ring.

S: I get more vanilla and cocoa nibs, though muted, than anything else. Not much coffee or malt. If I use my imagination, I sort of get the boiled vegetables note some reviewers mention. That could also be an effect of aging or recipe change since I think this may be the only review of the rebrew to date.

T: Again, muted vanilla and cocoa nibs. You definitely notice them along with the strong ale malt. Coffee does appear a bit underneath on the back end. The dairy sugar definitely is present, but doesn't do a whole lot. ABV is well-hidden and there is little heat or bitterness. The trouble here is you go from ale to stout at something in between and it never gets comfortable.

F; Medium to full-bodied, little carbonation. Construction is meh, balance the same. It really doesn't know what it wants to be, when it comes down to it.

O: Wicked Weed does this sort of thing much, much better. It was a nice try, though.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Mar 09, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge bomber sent over from Hinda65. Thanks man!
Crane Snifter.

Appearance is murky and looks kinda like if you mixed orange crush and iced tea. It's not what I was expecting, maybe a stout? Butter colored head of 2 fingers, very thick, lots of lace, nice.

Aroma of coffee, cocoa nibs, slight vanilla, and cooked carrots. Actually, the cooked carrots kind of take over a bit. Weird but cool. The coffee and cocoa nibs are still there playing tag in the background.

I get coffee and caramel and lactose in copious amounts on the flavor, with some white chocolate and some of that carrot cake action. A good sampling of golden biscuits here too. At the end there's a nice brown sugar-white chocolate sweetness that pops up and ends the beer nicely. Not sure how to score, because this is so unique, so I'll stick with 3.75.

Creamy yet slightly watery feel, lots of pleasant alcohol warmth, and good level of carbonation. No complaints.

Overall, an interesting and funky beer, no surprise from the Bruery. It's not bad at all. Definitely check it out if you want to kiss your sobriety goodbye and feel like something really strange and really sweet. I've got another bomber tucked away sent from a buddy in Cali, and supposedly it ages very well so we'll see what that does.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Sep 22, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Bruery's tasting room. Was the first beer in a flight. Pours a dark color similar to a stout but without the viscosity and not quite as dark. Hefty 2/3" off white/tan head. Aroma is all about the candy. Smells like dessert. With coffee. Interesting, you get some pastry stout like qualities in the nose, but there is also that dark fruit booziness familiar to the BDSA category.

The taste doesn't push the coffee as much. The sweetness is there, but I didn't find it to be problematic, actually thought it was one of the better beers of Christmas from them. It was really good at hiding the alcohol. The bitterness of some BDSA's was tempered by that sweetness that wasn't excessive. Carbonation was just fine. Looking at the reviews, I guess there's some bottles that are compromised, but I can say on this day, it was pouring just fine on draft and was kind of impressive.

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2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark chestnut hue with a thick off white head that fades to leave thick wisps.

S - Aromas of boiled root vegetables, cabbage, spoiled milk, little vanilla. Like human sweat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with those fetid cabbage and vegetables soaked in spoil milk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick.

O - Overall this was a downright terrible. Rotten and spoiled milk mixed with garbage.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2019
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2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Split with rudzud
Light fizzy head decent retention and lacing, semi hazy darker auburn colour

Nose is terrible, boiled squash zucchini cabbage, that basically dominates just about everything, under grassy a touch of toasted malts, biscuits and smokey gravy, weird fruits

Taste more cooked vegetables, cabbage, zucchini, squash, etc, also soy sauce, fermented ketchup, more biscuits and smokey gravy, so bad

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little warming alcohol, detect carb, but still slimy

Overall wow this is horrible

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: dark brown with very little carbonation - high ABV may play a part in this. Stays slightly active throughout with a decent foam ring.
SMELL: rich malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, toffee, wood
TASTE: Wow - a punch of bitterness and strong alcohol bite. Rich dark fruit and then rush of sweetness, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. There's also prune, raisin, banana, and toffee. This gets really sweet but then dries out some with spices kicking in at the same time. Alcohol warmth comes in quickly, but not overly boozy. Very flavorful and desserty (lactose addition is the culprit).
FEEL: Fairly full bodied - was thinking it should be fuller if it was a stout, but this is higher ABV and more Barley Wine -ish.
OVERALL: This is a super flavorful beer and definitely a dessert beer. Not one to drink outside on a hot day (not a lawnmower beer). I really enjoyed this one and it is a slow sipper at 11.3% ABV. This is more on the Barley Wine side with chocolate and coffee. Very good. I thought this one was amazing. I see a few bad ratings on here that this was way too sickly sweet and a mention of it needing "truckloads of yeast" to still not being able to eat up the residual sugars. The Lactose (milk sugar) is indeed the sweetness experienced here - truckloads of yeast could not change that - yeast will not milk sugars - hence the residual sweetness. I think it is ridiculous that people give beers bad ratings across the board for not liking the flavor (like giving it an overall score of 1 and 2-3s across the board). People like this should not be drinking "adult craft beers" and should stick to drinking the beers that ABInbev crank out from rice and sugar. Beers from The Bruery are not random crap beers. They put so much into every beer and they are so complex and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this beer to any true craft beer drinker that enjoys complexity and something that doesn't taste like dirty bubbly water.

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sjdevel from Colorado, Jan 07, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

This is my first beer from the ever-incrementing-number-Christmas-Series from the The Bruery. I find this beer very exquisite from the label and its own concept. So, let's dive into another brue from The Bruery, 9 Ladies Dancing that should have >2 years on bottle by now.

A: Pours a black brown body that moves with a beige head. It's good on visible carbonation, not too syrupy and appears to be a very competent Belgian Strong Dark Ale, despite not being one.

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1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Haven’t had these anniversary beers in a long time, 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is dark brown tinged with red. Smells sweet. That’s it.

9 Ladies Dancing is a triumph in converting tons of adjuncts into serious blah. Tons of sugary lactose drives this instantly into dentist-visit territory. And then there are sugar-soaked herbs, touch of chocolate, sugar sugar sugar! Two ounces would have been enough. It would take a truckload of yeast to put down this much residual sugar.

People talk about Black Tuesday being too sweet, but I could drink that until dawn’s early light. This is sickeningly sweet without the benefit of being tasty. To the drain.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Nov 03, 2018
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 18 month old 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a plum hue when held up to the light. Fair tan cap that faded almost immediately leaving no lacing. The aroma is more like wine than beer, grapes and leather. The flavor is more chocolate forward but the grapes are still there. Not much vanilla at all. The feel is thin and without much carbonation. Not one of this Bruery's better efforts.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Apr 05, 2018
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2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid brown, almost like a suspension. Lovely three finger brownish head, and excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is...weird. I get coffee and chocolate, but these are background aromas to a base smell that is sour and almost spoiled. Not pleasant.

Flavor is also odd, not infected, but not the most pleasant beer I have had. I get the cocoa and coffee again. But the dominant flavor is a sour cream like flavor. I'll assume this is from the lactose.

Feel is heavy, with a thick coating finish. Carbonation is the best part of the feel.

Hey Bruery, what the hell is this? This is an extremely poor effort and the first beer in a very long time that I couldn't stomach. I'd expect more for the money I spent.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Jan 04, 2018
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2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wades Wines 12 Days of Christmas Tasting. 12/22/17. Agoura Hills, CA. Last year’s release.

Deep crimson pour, sliver of a head with minimal lace.

The nose on this was distinctly spicy, as though it wasn’t brewed with chilis. Subtle bitter coffee comes through, and maybe even some soy sauce.

I can’t imagine this beer hasn’t become infected in some way... got pickled vinegar to begin with.. some bitterness that may have once been coffee but is a car cry from a distinct flavor.. sour candied fruits are possibly another descriptor.. hard to really pinpoint it definitively. But very funky.

Body is fine, smooth and finish slightly bitter and sticky.

By far my least favorite of the series, but I can’t bring myself to believing that this wasn’t infected in some way. Without a fresh bottle to compare, this is all I have to go on. I will not be dancing with these ladies again anytime soon...

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 23, 2017
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2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep ruby brown with an average head. The aroma has some real funk to it - sour milk? Grain of salt with this review, it may be infected. I also detect green banana, coffee, soy sauce, and mustard. The flavor is not quite so weird - milk chocolate, banana, candied pear, vanilla wafer, clove, and a very mild coffee. The mouthfeel starts thin then broadens, with dense, small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a weird little beer - the nose is just really hard for me, but the flavor is in comparison rather subdued. I appreciate that the Bruery always experiments, but this is not a favorite for me.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Dec 02, 2017
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy-brown with two fingers of khaki head. Fair head retention with no lacing left behind. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, chocolate, dark fruits, and toasted malts. Flavor profile follows a similar path, with toasted and nutted malts forming the base. Chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits open up giving it a sweet, wholesome flavor profile. The 11% alcohol shows up in the flavor profile as well. Mouth feel is smooth, with a medium-thick thickness. Overall, a beer with presence, but its inability to hide its alcohol content is a little alarming.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 29, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

L - Mahogany color; clear. Dark tan head is active, as is the lacing when the glass is swirled.

S - Strong aromas for chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Boozy alcohol aroma is pretty over-the-top

T - Flavors are strong on malt character, with the chocolate, coffee and vanilla all overlaid on top. No hops. Boozy, alcohol reminiscent of brandied cherries.

F - Medium body seems a little light for all the flavor complexity. Moderate, spritzy carbonation. Low hops bitterness. Strong alcohol presence.

O - This is a flavorful beer with many great characteristics; however, the alcohol presence is very heavy-handed and distracts from all the rest.

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Radome from Florida, Nov 12, 2017
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1.62/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The body has a woody brown varnish look with a massive foam khaki dome.

This smells kind of like funky, stale sugar, with a pungent metallic coffee, vomited nuts and crab apple.

Taste is kind of tart, woody nuts, with swampy bark, cola, thin molasses, with a hint of gingerbread coffee cookies.

Clearly, it's infected. What's the deal with The Bruery? I swear this is 3 or 4 unique instances I've had with them now. They charge way too much and have way too high a reputation for such a bad track record.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 31, 2017
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1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Gross sour milk/lactose character. .. don't think I have ever had a beer that I could not finish most of it. I didn't even get close to finishing this one. ...

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RBorsato from Virginia, May 26, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description style is calling this an American strong ale. But to me it resembles more of a Belgian style Quad if anything.

Pours murky cloudy ruby brown.
Fizzy light tan head which dissapates rather quickly leaving an outer ring of lacing which is more slick and oily.
Smells of dark fruits, some breadiness and yeast.
Taste is pretty much a follow up of the nose with a bit of that lactose they mention on the bottle as one of the ingredients. More fruit forward and yeasty than the nose. Figs, caramel, hmmm maybe molasses? Actually (besides the lactose) I detect none of the ingredients described on the label at all. But still very tasty.
Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Very puzzled by this one but pleasantly surprised! Very enjoyable.

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drunkenmess from Michigan, Apr 07, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fruit, caramel, malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is caramel, fruit/berries, malts, mild cocoa and a mix of tart and warming alcohol in the finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Mar 25, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight bacterial funk, alcohol, hint of hop, slight chili, and dark fruit. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight chili, strong Belgian yeast, sweet malt, chocolate, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, hint of coffee, and slight dark fruit. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Tone from Missouri, Mar 13, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber, dark chocolate color with ruby hues. Creamy head with layers of lacing. Primarily spicy nose with hints of cocoa and coffee. Flavor of all spice, lots of nutmeg and mild coffee. Not getting any cocoa, or much lactose for that matter. A little boozy and sweet in the finish. Dense, full body. Descent carbonation. Grainy texture. Flavor is fairly complex but a little too spice forward and unbalanced.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Mar 05, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, and rum; with light banana, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A little too fruity, but not overdone. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, and rum; with light banana, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, rum, light banana/clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with very smooth, creamy, fairly silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.3%. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian strong dessert ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Just a little too fruity/yeasty than I wanted for the overall intent of the beer flavors; but it wasn’t overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 25, 2017
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3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Pours a dark brown body with a khaki one finger head. Nice looking beer, the head stuck around and left some streaky lacing on the glass.

S - The lacto sweetness is on the front and enveloped in weak coffee. Cocoa nibs and vanilla are barely coming through.

T - This really follows the nose for me. Sweet lacto chocolate up front, molasses and vanilla. There is a belgian quality to it that isn't meshing well with me.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Wet finish. ABV is well hidden.

O - The base beer and the adjuncts aren't playing nice together for me. It's just not coming together here.

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cvm4 from Mississippi, Feb 08, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown murky body with no head. Cocoa and coffee smells, nice. Then caramel and prunes, ok. But finished with a boozy milk aroma that is off putting. Taste has bbq sauce in with the cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and caramel, with weird prunes, graininess, banana, and herbal bread pudding, very odd. Feel is equally all over the place: boozy, creamy, grainy, and hot. Not my favorite in the series

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REVZEB from Illinois, Feb 06, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice-looking ale. It pours dark brown and looks almost black in the glass. Tons of lacing. Head never fully dissipates.

The milky sweetness of the lactose is the dominant smell with the coffee being a close second. There is also plenty of chocolate and vanilla and some less easily distinguishable spices, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg?

The taste is rather similar, although it comes across as less cloying than the smell despite having more of a brown sugar flavor. The coffee barely comes through in the flavor.

It has a moderately oily feel with a little bit of alcohol heat and spicy bite at the end.

Overall, it's not bad. Sort of like a poor man's Prairie BOMB!

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ccg from District of Columbia, Feb 05, 2017
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