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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Overlord on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
442
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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194
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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Half a fingers width of a khaki colored head on top of a dark black, thick, chocolaty body.

S: A bouquet of roasted nuts, with an ever so slight coffee aroma, leading into a delicate chocolate/maple. Finishing off with a strong presence of vanilla.

T: Begins with sweet figs and plums that are easy to depict in the forefront... then there are so many nuances of flavor all over the palate, and the temperature changing allowing constant complexities to reveal themselves. It seems like a never ending journey for the taste buds. Most prominent are raisins, toasted pecans, silky smooth caramel, bittersweet chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, with a sweet finish of burnt toffee.

M: Creamy and viscous with a nice carbonation, leaving behind a warming presence of alcohol in the throat and chest.

D: It's sad to think this is a limited brew, because it goes down so smooth leaving you anxious to open your next bottle... if you happen to be lucky enough to have one.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of dnjmed
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On pour into standard Brit pint glass, head is unexceptional. However, this ale is dark as night.

The scent is delicious, perfect, with coffee, cherry, pecan, and chocolate.

Taste and texture are incredible- the smoothness completely masks the very high alcohol content. I've had stouts with less alcohol, but taste more alcoholic.

The pecans are what make the difference. They add a sweetness that is not found in most powerful stouts. It is distinctive and tasty. I am amazed that its called an ale. It tastes very similar to many great stouts. This is an excellent ale- stout hybrid, closer to the stout family in my opinion.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black, with a huge medium-tan head that is showing promise to stick around for some time. Sparse lacing as it goes down the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Smell is of cocoa, hershey's syrup, date bread, molasses. A little hop bitterness lingers with the bitterness from the roasted malts. A spicy smell lends some character as well. Butterscotch (diacetyl) or a nutty scent--hard to distinguish which. A bit of alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

Taste- First thought is of a Belgian style Russian Imperial Stout. A barrage of chocolate malts and dark chocolate flavour is built upon an estery fruitiness, probably due to the yeast. Dark fruit mixed with bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, with a bittersweet combination of hops and malt in the aftertaste that mingles with a bready character. The butterscotch detected in the smell is less apparent in the taste--it takes on a more popcorn-esque nutty quality (from the Pecans?). Every time I take a sip and start to hone in on the flavour, it transitions smoothly into something else. There's something interesting, intriguing, and pleasing that I can't quite place. -Maybe liquorice/star anise?

M-Actively carbonated, yet still smooth on the palette. Perhaps a little much, but not the point of being unpleasant or overwhelming.

D-Alcohol barely noticeable, carbonation keeps it somewhat light on the palate, deep flavours keep you bringing it back to the lips for more.... I've been sipping this glass for well over an hour, and while the flavours are complex and intense, they at no point becoming overwhelming or cloyingly sweet. Quite the feat.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: very dark brown khaki head

S: sweet and nutty

T: tastes like turtle candy. Chocolate covered pecans and carmel.

M: great

Overall: I hope I can hunt a bottle of this down. But probaby won't be able too. Insane beer

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Photo of bamadog
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of my desert with Thanksgiving this year, and I have to say it's an excellent accompaniment with pecan pie. review is from 11/26/09 and the pour is from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark brown, near black color; body is opaque; comes with a big 2 finger head that fades slowly to a full skim; loose oily washes of lacing hold a little bit, but mostly slides back into the glass.

Smell: Fantastic! Definite blast of sweet dark fruits like figs or dates, but there is also a rich chocolatey flavor as well (together it's reminiscent of chocolate-covered cherries); definite alcoholic vapory whiff as well; a bit of a banana bread scent as it warms over time.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic! Wonderful dark sweet fruits that are just a little tart; strong hints of the cocoa and dark chocolate that again reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries; a faint flavor of a nutty breadiness underneath everything; definite presence of alcohol is blended quite well; chocolate becomes much more present as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Makes the tongue tingle the second it hits it; gums are left very tingly as well; a firm coating is left all over the palate; a slight drying effect occurs as well due to the ABV; belly is left quite warm.

Drinkability: Typically I would give a lower score for this due to the higher ABV as I definitely couldn't take too much of this in a night, but the beer itself is too amazing to not thoroughly enjoy, I'll just have to sip it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown with a touch of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of rich sweet dark fruits with raisin and dates, with some strong cocoa, some Belgian yeast character, toasted pecans, vanilla, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with some rich dark fruits with some raisins and dates, some rich caramelized malts, cocoa, and some toasted pecans. Through the middle, some stronger cocoa flavor comes through with some more caramelized malt, vanilla, and some Belgian yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, dark fruits, toasted nuts, Belgian yeast, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with syrupy, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super rich and bold. The pecans and chocolate flavors are a really nice addition to the BSDA.

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Photo of Radome
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A -5.0 - Dark brown, almost totally black beer. No light comes through when glass is held up to the light, but small amounts show it is clear. The head is dark tan and made up of tiny bubbles. On the initial pour it piled up several inches high, then slowly faded to a thin layer and lots of lacing.

S - 4.5 - A mix of toasted malt and sweet alcohol. Some nutty, grainy and oak-like notes. Very inviting.

T - 5.0 - Delicious. Strong malt backbone supported by moderate hops bitterness. The alcohol is present, but moderate. Nutty and chocolate tastes are very nice, giving a taste reminiscent of chocolate milk. No roasted barley.

M - 4.5 - Medium body. Warming alcohol. Creaminess from the carbonation.

D -4.5 - This beer is absolutely delicious. It is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the alcohol, this dark mahogany ale has a thick head to start that fades to a creamy looking head. Poured into an Ommegang goblet.

It is oily, chocolate milk in aroma like but not overly sweet and cloying. The cocoa comes through most predominantly with a chocolate finish. The smell is deeper and darker than the color.

Up front the creaminess of chocolate milk comes out.

There is substantial herbal bitterness with a touch of noble hops backbone.

Anise, Licorice, Cocoa, liquor, nuttiness all come through in the aroma and taste. There is reminiscence of Frangelica and godiva liquor. Vanilla and brandy like flavors get stronger through out the glass. I could imagine it with chocolate.

Yeasty Belgian undertones pull it all together and make the feel of it sweet bread-like and warm. There are tones of grains, a very slight roastiness, milk, raisins, and sweet apples. It is a fitting holiday indulgence; it seems to aromatic and luxurious to be a regular drinking beer.

Extremely smooth and full in the mouth. The alcohol builds through out the drink making a dessert, sipping beer.

Amazingly drinkable - flavorful and an excellent offering in the Belgian Dark category.

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Photo of beerad666
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2 Turtle Doves pours our a dark chestnut, almost espresso with a very thin tan head, that quickly resides. Just a little lacing on the glass which seems about right for such a high alcohol beer. As this beer warms up the alcohol in the nose is more pronounced. There are some nice dried fruit smells, maybe dates of figs; along with toasted malts and chocolate and a hint of carmel. This is the type of beer that you just want to taste to see what else is going on. And when you finally do, the taste is fantastic! That sweet dried fruit comes through right away but there is also that rich chocolate flavor, not a sweet chocolate but a roasted nutty chocolate. Finally a light alcohol in the finish to warm you up inside. Although the alchol comes out it isn't a burn instead it's very smooth and leaves a nutty and woody taste in your mouth. A well balanced beer throughout. Definitely unique and makes for a perfct holiday beer for yourself or as a gift.

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Photo of leschkie
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Perry's in Livermore around Easter. All it took was a quick glance at the label and this beer had me hook, line, and sinker: Belgian-style dark ale, cocoa nibs, toasted pecans. Hell yeah.

Bruery-standard 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber, like the color one sees in a high-sugar-density syrup obtained when evaporating the sap of a Vermont dark maple. Tiny air bubbles eventually find their way to the surface to form a thin ring which, in all honesty, has me a little worried about the carbination of this one. Definitely not typical in a traditional a Belgian dark. Broken strands of lace scattered across the glass.

Smell: Sweet! (in both a literal and figurative sense of the word). One whiff and this one already had my sweet tooth and taste buds all riled up. The best that Belgium has to offer: candied dark fruits (raisins and figs), bruised banana, breads, dark caramel malts, carmalized turbinado sugar along with a blast of pecans and chocolate, as promised. If this beer tastes as sweet as it smells, I better start putting money away now for my next dental appointment cause I'm going to have some cavities that need filling.

Taste: Alright Bruery, the jig is up. How the hell did you know I always have a piece of chocolate hazelnut cake with my Belgian darks? Well, regardless, thank you saving me a trip to Ester's German Bakery because this beer gives me the best of both worlds in one shot. Every flavor identified in the aroma can be detected by my taste buds, and my taste buds are thanking me at this exact moment. Not to mention my dentist as well.

Mouthfeel: My suspicions were spot on. The lack of carbination in the pour unfortunately equated to more or less a "flat" feel in the mouth. The only thing saving this beer in this particular category is the sticky and chewy sensation I got while rolling it off my tongue. The sensational flavors that lingered in my taste buds following the swallow didn't hurt either.

Overall: If there ever was such a thing as a "guilty pleasure" with respect to beer, this one is at the top of the list for me. I simply just don't know how to explain it. Normally I don't like my beers too sweet, but this one just worked. If you see this one lying around in your bottle shop, GET IT. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for sending this in part 1 of our mammoth trade!

A: Pours a dark cola brown/black with a massive dark khaki head that is every bit of three fingers and meringue-like cream. Retention is decent and some lace is left behind.

S: Heather smelled chocolate covered cherries and toasted nuts (she picked up an almond aroma) with a boozy aroma. I noticed aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruit, fudge dipped cherries, malted milk balls, deeply roasted malt, and rich milk chocolate.

T: Once again Heather said chocolate and cherries. Dark bitter chocolate and Bing cherries, specifically. Also she picked out flavors of coconut, caramel, rum soaked plums, fudge, milk chocolate, toasted nuts, tart citrus, and of course booze.

M: Thick and viscous. Absolutely perfect amount of carbonation. This features masterful levels of interplay between the sweet, tangy, dry, juicy, and sticky layers of the mouthfeel. An absolute joy once it's in the mouth!

D: Holy crap! We were prepared to rate this much lower, considering the high abv. Yes, the booziness is readily apparent but it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb to harm the Drinkability score. Rather, it enhances it. Glad to know that this is one of the Chicago launch beers from The Bruery. All I have to do is drive to the liquor store to get another bottle. YES!

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Photo of cassanoj
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown, almost black into a snifter. Foamy mocha head, but it settles. Leaves a little lacing.

The smell is pungent and dark. Chocolate, roasted or burnt malt, Fruits - Cherries, Plums, some oak, coffee, caramel, pecans...pretty complex.

Taste is whoof! Chocolate, a lot of chocolate. Cherries, oak, becomes bitter. Also some serious dark fig, brown sugar, vanilla, just hits your mouth and sits there.

Mouthfeel is thick, full-bodied, a nice grainy character.

It's hard to call this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (has a lot of Stout to it) but whatever it is, I like it.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle dated 2/2/10 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a really dark brown with a clingy bubbly tan head. Looks good.

Smell is a big, sweet, roasty, nutty delight. Great mix and complexity.

Taste is a bold, slightly sour but smooth, nutty, grapey sweet. Very complex, and very good.

This is a great beer. Very creamy mouthfeel and very little if any booze despite the 12%abv.

By far the best I have had from the bruery, and one of the best I have had.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice tan fine head and lots of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is thick malt, cocoa, yeast, and delicious. and super efinf good and yes even better than that. damn straight. and good. I have been in the presencse of delicioiuosness. Flavor is like nose plus some toffee, a bit of tang. Body is soft, a bit chewy, yet full and pleasant with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little booze at the end. Killer beer.

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Photo of mrc00per
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the Bruery and I was very impressed. It was a shared bottle and the smell was a bit overwhelming but the taste and drink ability were amazing, which everyone agreed on. This was a great holiday beer and I look forward to next year's edition.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with brandoneast from a bottle. Poured into a orval chalice. This beer had been aging for over a year in proper storage conditions.

Poured a beautiful dark brown. Carbonation was dark brown. After a few minutes, the carbonation was crazy, it was like little explosions in the beer that I have never seen before. Smell was not amazing to me, but this could have been because it was poured into a chalice and not a snifter/tulip. Nonetheless, chocolate and carob were most prominent for me on 2TD's. Mouthfeel was great - very similar to the Black Orchard that I had a couple months back. This was a great beer and I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of taigor
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cask into snifter.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with big mocha colored head that slowly dissipates leaving a lot of lacing around the glass.

S - Alcohol, dark chocolate and nuts upfront with some fruits and malts towards the end.

T - Very sweet upfront that turns chocolate and malty towards the end.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation (cask).

D - Surprisingly very good for high abv and full body.

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Photo of HopHead29
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip

Appearance is a deep dark red brown that's near black. One of the darker Belgian style brews I've seen attributed to the cocoa nibs no doubt. The head is a dark tan with good retention.

Smell is of very dark fruits. Some strawberry, berry, fig, all layered with a mild tartness.

Taste hits you with a wall of cocoa. Super dark Belgian chocolate is what I'm tasting here at first. Then, tart and dark fruits echoing what was smelled comes in. It all finishes with a sweet nutty taste.

Feel of it is smooth and creamy, not heavily carbonated.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of mcgwire756
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed a beer officially in a while, but this has been a big want of mine along with the barrel aged version so I thought I would review it.

The appearance is murky brown with little head and almost no lacing.

The smell is of milk chocolate at first and then a little bit of dark fruit and burnt sugar.

Taste is more of the dark fruit like most Belgian Dark beers along with a little bit of the nutty characteristic it is supposed to have.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines as it is very creamy and then almost not sticky taste at all which I was expecting. It allows you to drink this beer as fast as you want which is dangerous since it is 12%.

Overall it is the smoothness of this beer that makes it for me. I am not sure if it is the age or the fact that this beer is different from most in this series. It is not spicy like the 4 Calling Birds or pungent like the 3 French Hens. Overall it is a winner for me and I can't wait to crack my BA version of it soon.

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Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle received from deliriumfest. No packaging date.

A: Pours a nice white head atop an incredibly dark body. Sadly, there is no lacing, although the head lasts an average amount of time.

S: The beer smells very nice, with a sweetness, nutiness, and maltiness with a bit of chocolatey molasses underneath it.

T: Initially a delicious beer with flavours of chocolate, molasses, sweetness and black currant. Well balanced with no flavour outperforming the other. My only concern and question about this beer is the 'belgian-ness' of it. No major fusal flavours that one would expect from a belgian were really playing on the palate, perhaps overtaken by the stronger flavours. Also, non of the pecans came across the palate.

M: Costed the mouth nicely, lingered well with a strong and enjoyable level of carbonation.

D: What a great beer. Easy to enjoy a bottle in a night, although I had to share it. Easily a beer I would look for and purchase again.

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Photo of kels
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review on a year-old bottle, shared with pwoods.

Pour is super-dark chocolate, completely opaque, with a very well-retained 1/2 finger tight, fizzy, tan-colored head. Bits of slippery lace hang around here and there before sliding back into the liquid.

Oh, yeah. This is one delicious beer. I don't know how much the aging plays into it, but the flavors, while bold, meld with each other so well. The richest of the flavors are the malts - roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and sticky toffee blend together in a way that's neither too sweet nor too bitter. These heavier flavors are complemented by a nice light cinnamony spiciness with a hit of vanilla. The alcohol comes through in a nicely warming, not sharp, kind of way. The feel is really one of the best features of the beer. It perfects the balance between mouthfilling and adequately carbonated in a way that really complements the depth of the flavors. The stickiness really hangs around on the lips and the tongue for quite some time.

Drinkability is definitely high for a 12%. It is tasty, filling, and interesting, with an alcohol presence subtle enough to keep things flowing.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours obsidian with burgundy highlights and a thin, light khaki head.

S-Intense milk chocolate and caramel. The pecans are also in full effect. Can't smell much else.

T/M-Oh man. Age has been kind to this one. I liked it fresh, but this has matured into something spectacular. Thin, fruity sweetness cuts through layers of roasty chocolate malt and flavors of burnt sugar, toasted pecans and caramel. The body has thinned out, carbonation is significantly lower than when I had it fresh. The finish is warming, with mouth coating sweetness and a subtle note of dry hops.

O-I'm tasting a touch of tart oxidation on the back end. I think this might go another year at most. So much for the 12 days of Christmas. In any case, I think this (and the bourbon version) are the best beers The Bruery have made to date.

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Photo of scifan
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Leaves just specks of lacing along the glass. This is one aromatic beer I could smell it as soon as I opened it. Smells so complex. This beer has alot going on. The first thing I pitched up on was the chocolate aromas. Also getting nice dark fruity smells and belgian yeast. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose. The first thing that hits the taste buds is velvety smooth dark chocolate. Then I'm hit with lots of sweet dark fruity flavors, plum, fig, and raisins come to mind. Then its washed away by the belgian yeasty flavors. Just a hint warming alcohol as it goes down. Its hard to believe that this is 12%. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and goes down way to easy to be that big of a beer. This is probably the best beer I've had from The Bruery yet.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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