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2 Turtle Doves2 Turtle Doves

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter - thanks to fatmcb1 for sharing this bottle!

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice tan head...very little lacing as it recedes to a ring.

S: The nose has notes of slight chocolate, pecan/nutty aromas, vanilla, dark fruits, and a belgian/wine like smell.

T: The taste is a lot like the nose but a bit boozier. Nice flavors of dark fruits, pecans/nuts, vanilla, and some cocoa.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium and a bit drying on the finish.

O: While this was a good tasting beer it's not the best BSDA I've ever had. I'd love to try the barrel aged version though.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter.

Pours a brownish amber color with a creamy head that left ample lacing on the glass, particularly considering the abv.

Aroma was a bit muted. Plenty of belgian spice and dark fruit. Also, a bit of caramel malt. Couldn't really get any nuts or pecan.

The taste has plenty of spice, as did the nose, but the brown sugar and malt was very overpowering. Also, there was a bit of tart flavor that surprised. Dark fruit was not as apparent as in the nose.

Carbonation was rich and prickly. Body was average of the style.

I was a bit surprised by the tart flavor that the beer had. Overall, decent, but not the Bruery's finest.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours what appears to be a turbid brown color, but is actually almost ruby red when held to the light. A two finger cream colored head forms.

S: Aroma is spicy yeast, dark fruit, maybe some nuttiness. A little vague, hard to pin point anything much more specific.

T: Much improved from the aroma. A sour cherry note is present. Mid sip reveals plenty of depth and complexity. Sugar coated dark fruits, almonds, cocoa powder. The flavor just hangs and hangs, and finally finishes like a booze soaked chocolate pasty or something.

M: Pretty thick in body, though some prickly carbonation carries things along nicely.

O: A one of a kind beer. Drinking pretty well currently, perfect for the holiday season.

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Photo of waltonc
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this out of the cellar to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells and tastes better than I remember it when fresh - as advertised, there's lots of cocoa and toasted pecans. The last time i had this two years ago, I didn't think the pecan element worked as well, but either my tastes have changed or the pecans have integrated very nicely. Body is medium and very smooth and creamy on the palate. Carbonation is very fine and perfect for this beer.

Overall, this is my favorite of the series so far. I feel like this can age for a while yet.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy head that sticks around. Aromas of dark chocolate, a slight sourness, some spice, and a bit of nuttiness. The taste is very mysterious and complex, with cacao notes up front, then a touch of heat that seems all the world like cayenne pepper, followed by a tangy, nutty pecan note. A fair undercurrent of light sourness throughout. Very smooth in the mouth and quite creamy. Strong, delicious, unexpected flavors, complex notes- very nice beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into goblet. Pours deep dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, and nuttiness. Slight bit of alcohol in there, but not too noticeable. Wow, fantastic aromas here, tons of complexity going on Taste of huge caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, nuttiness, and a bit of booze in the back. There are lingering notes of big caramel, chocolate, and molasses after the finish for a decent amount of time. Decent amount of alcohol warming after the finish, with a small amount in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Fairly smooth drinkability for 12%, but definitely something I am taking my time on to finish. Best enjoyed very slowly because the alcohol and sweetness gets a bit cloying. Overall, this is an excellent Belgian Strong Dark ale, plenty of great complexity and huge flavor and fairly smooth drinking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  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.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share.

A - It pours a deep oxblood hue, and looked a bit syrupy and flat initially; I then doubly decanted it, and it grew a nice tan dollop of froth.

S - The nose initially suggests a fading, crackery and sugary-sweet English Barleywine. After a while, barley syrup and molasses notes develop. Towards the end of the glass, spicy alcohol notes become sharpened.

T - The taste is significantly better than the nose suggests. Definitely sweet, and malt forward; additionally, I get distinct impressions of pecan from the get-go. Chocolate and dried dark fruits meld decadently. I also get impressions of chocolate or carob-covered raisins, dark fruit and mulled spice, cinnamon raisin bread, chocolate cherry cordial, and charred pecan pie. As it airs out and warms, it goes from well-hidden ABV to an obvious alcohol kick, but it just seems to enhance mulled spiciness.

M - The feel is rich, creamy and luscious. Desert-like, perhaps.

O - This is a really good beer, and seems to hit the mark as a chocolatey Belgian-inspired desert beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Bruery tulip, duh.

Appears at first matte chalkboard black, though when right next to the light hints of murky mahogany emerge at the edges. Tiny bubbles rise slowly through the liquid, belatedly forming a one finger head of oak that collapses quickly to a large-bubble ring. Thick spatters of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Interesting nose. There's a distinct dark Belgian character here blended with a lesser portion of stout or porter-like qualities. Raisins, candy sugar, red wine, a hint of soy, cocoa nibs, toasty malt, molasses. Sweet and syrupy.

The Belgian/stout balance has shifted in the flavor; roasty notes rule the realm here. Black strap molasses and charred toast mingle at the front, while dark fruits emerge mid-palate. The finish is a smooth blend of toasted pecans and dark candy sugar, with just a bit of ethanol.

There's a light yet prickly carbonation inside the creamy medium body. Smooth is really the best way to describe it -- it rolls around the mouth with mellowness that belies it's strength. Alcohol is more perceptible in the flavor than it is in the feel, interestingly.

I like tuhtles! This bottle seems to have benefitted from its time in the cellar, exhibiting a smoothness in flavor and body that's impressive for the number of ingredients here. Each of the component flavors can be identified, but the blend is also nice enough that an unconscious sip sings nothing but harmony.

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Photo of prototypic
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two Turtle Doves is a dark chocolate or mahogany color. A bit of light cuts through around the edges and reveals some nice burgundy highlights. Carbonation looks quite active. A very careful pour yielded a head that stands two fingers tall. It's quite slow to recede. Lacing is sticky, but is very, very light. Eh. Maybe too much alcohol.

The nose is good, but is a few steps shy of great. It kicks off with a nice cocoa-laced chocolate malt scent. There's a hint of sweet caramel. It definitely has a slight fruitcake vibe going. It's a little earthy and grainy. Light dark fruit is noted, in addition to a touch of spices. I can't identify the exact spices, but they don't smell like typical holiday spices. Alcohol is noted, as was expected. It smells good. Nothing more, nothing less.

The flavor is a little less satisfying. It has a solid malt base that consists of cocoa-esque chocolate and caramel malts. The caramel variety is the weaker of the two and is only slightly sweet. Dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin follow. They're secondary, and add a bit of a tangy twist. It is a little fruitcake-ish, but not as much as I expected. Earthy and spicy notes follow. There's a little pepper, clove, and anise to make things interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not getting much Belgian yeast. That's disappointing. Alcohol is a little harsh in flavor. It has a slight warming effect, but isn't hot. Finishes with a mix of chocolate, alcohol, and a dark fruit tangy twist.

The body feels light-medium, but feels a little more substantial as it warms. Carbonation is definitely active and slightly buzzy. It really doesn't have a bad feel, but it is rather average for the style. More heft would certainly help a great deal.

Two Turtle Doves is an interesting beer. How is it? It's pretty good, but I honestly was hoping for more. The flavor really is pretty good, but could easily be improved with more of a Belgian yeast presence and a little less alcohol. It also feels too thin, and needs more body. As a BSDA, it's alright, but doesn't come anywhere close to competing with the best the style has to offer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
A little over a year old.

A - Pours a dark rich mahogany that is almost black. There is a nice 0.5 in head that forms with a mix of dense bubbles that quickly recede and some bigger medium sized bubbles that also recede down to thin film/ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is complex. Includes some dark fruits up front. Raisins and some dates. There is some slight but noticeable chocolate sweetness almost like devils food cake. There is some Belgian yeast character and phenols as well as some slight roasted nutty aroma.

T & M - Flavor starts off with intense dark fruit sweetness. Dates are very present, molasses, caramel and some slight cinnamon. There is some nice chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness as well. Very complex brew and flavors. There are some slight phenols that balance the sweetness with some slight band-aid and clove notes. It has a boozy heat that is present through the middle of the beer. The finish has the roasted pecan flavor that leaves a very delicious after taste and finish in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium and complex with tons of flavor from different directions. Quite nice smooth silky feel with a good amount of CO2. Not over carbonated.

O - Overall a good offering from the Bruery and so far my fave from the 12 days series. Good complexity with well developed flavors. Aging it probably adds to it.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750 ml in a snifter'

A: Dark with a decent head

S: chocolate, nuts,

T: flavorful, kinda cool does not taste like I expected to not bad but was expecting more, booze was well hidden

M: spot on for the style.

D: went down smooth, just not that memorable,

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazed dark brown to black color. One finger of thick, light brown, whipped cream head with average retention and not really any lacing.

4.0 S: The nose is full of raw cacao and semi-sweet chocolate. Secondarily, something along the lines of walnut, then blackstrap molasses, some roastiness, toastiness, plum, raisin, and tobacco. Pretty good, but a lot of the flavors still seem a bit muddled. This could very well smooth out by the completion of the diagonal.

3.0 T: The taste is still quite raw and not really any better than fresh. The sip begins with an overload of booze and sweetness. Chocolate is there again with an overload of caramel and toffee. After that comes raisin, tobacoo, walnut and pecan. On the finish, the beer pulls a complete 180 and has a strong roastiness and an accompanying bitterness. In the aftertaste the sweetness starts building back up to the point of almost cloying. A lot of strong flavors that don't really work well with each other, at least not yet.

3.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good amount of carbonation, but it isn't spritzy like in a well made Belgian. Too syruppy and chewy for my liking. Sweetness lingers.

2.5 D: The flavor profile is still a mess and it's too sweet and chewy to have any sort of drinkibility.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body with no highlights to speak of under a big, whipped cappuccino head, three fingers that drop to a thick coating.

Smell is a nice mix of restrained cocoa & the kind of grape candy-ish, high alcohol smell I get from a lot of BSDAs.

Nice sweet cocoa taste, some roastiness, dark fruits (black cherry, prune) - reminds me of a strong milk stout. The flavors are rich but not overwhelming, all pretty well-balanced & temperate. Alcohol is noticeable but only provides a little bit of an edge, not imposing at all for its strength.

Nicely full & foamy, & the booze gives just a little bite, receding before it gets too hot.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one - in my experience, a lot of American-made BSDAs are too hot, overly fruity, dry, & just kind of a mess. This is unlike a lot of BSDAs anyway, but I really enjoyed it. The alcohol is played down pretty well, never would've guessed it's 12%, like 9% would've been my guess. Still a pretty flavorful, full beer. I'd probably go as far as two before calling it quits.

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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 GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served just cooler than cellar temp into a goblet.

2 Turtle Doves is a Coca-cola brown on the pour with good clarity evident. The head that develops is thick and long-lasting.

The aroma is sweet and rich with big malty base. There are nice roast and spice notes as well. A bit like a Belgian quad with a hint of stout.

Flavor is big and robust as the aroma suggests. Again, the roast really stands out more than expected. Sweet up front with dark fruits and chocolate in the middle, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Good balance and the alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a very good Belgian strong dark (stout).

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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 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 donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut brown, sits opaque black in mine glass. Large, creamy, sand colored head sports incandescent bubbles like ornaments upon the tree. Ah, the holidays. Ah, beer. All that lovely head for some thin collared retention. Not a speck of lace.

Smells grapey. Cocoa, licorice and caramel bubble up in the dark and fruity wake. Maybe some pecan nuttyness but I think that's just because I'm straining.

Grape drank is up front, first and the foremost again. Some heat, cocoa and caramel sweetness but 'tis a mere afterthought. Thick mouthfeel is not as creamy as it should be and the carbonation is relaxed.

Too much dark fruit and and not enough of the promised pecan and cocoa.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown color with a thin off white head.

Smell is of alcohol, dried fruits, nutmeg, and molasses.

Taste is alcohol up front, followed by dried fruit and spices. Very average example of the style.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little thin with an alcohol burning lingering on the tongue.

Average drinkability, average beer.

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2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
4.05 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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