Rapscallion Creation | Rapscallion

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Rapscallion CreationRapscallion Creation

Brewed by:
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one serious beer! Dark red-brown in color with a bit of yeast cloudiness and a thin light brown head.
The aroma of this beer is huge, sweet malts and dark fruit dominate the smell, with a bit of a musty smell and some alcohol in the background.
Very tasty, hits the tongue sweet and fruity with hints of dark chocolate, plums and raisins. Incredibly smooth for such a full bodied beer. Very drinkable, but with the high alcohol content you probably won't be drinking too many at once.
Thanks to Longstaff for supplying me with this incredible beer.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany in colour. Nose is spicy apple and quite alcoholic. Taste is a wonderful mash of fruity flavors. Sharp citrus up front, very acidic. Plums and cherries are held down by strong malt. I even find slight hop bitterness beneath it all. Warming, slight alcohol in after taste. Magnificent, unlike any beer I've ever had.

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Photo of bultrey
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a beer, a blessed creation to be sure. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but I'm assuming it is a couple of years old, as it was graciously given to me in a trade with KonaBrewer, who used to brew at the now defunct Concord Brewery from my understanding.

Poured into a large snifter. The color is a rich rubied mahogany, with a dense creamy head and significant lacing.The smell is incredibly complex, with hints of figs, raisins, brown sugar, and dark, dark chocolate. This is one of the most complex and beguiling Belgian-style brews I have ever tasted. I'm guessing this has to use Belgian yeast. Notes of sweet plum, prunes, tannic red grape peels and bitter orange peel converge over a snappy bitter hopiness and segue into a long, crisp, dry wine-like finish. The mouthfeel is sublimely rich, and the drinkability is fantastic.

As good as anything brewed by a Trappist monk. Cheers KonaBrewer!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown. Attractive color, with burgundy highlighting. A thick froth of almond colored head rests atop, with a very even beading to the bubbles. Loads of quickly rising carbonation bubbles race up to feed the head. Loads of sticky belgian lace.
The aroma is rich and fruity, albiet a bit light considering the frothy head. Sweet candi sugar, with a pleasing caramel/chocolate maltiness. Plum and fig scented esters waft up from the copious head, with a touch of alcohol. Very soft earthy hops, almost imperceptable beneath the malt and sugariness. A slightly astringent metallic odor, with a suggestion of medicinal phenols. Not unpleasant at all, simply adding some complexity.
The flavor starts with a mellow, hearty chocolate maltiness, drizzled with molten caramel. Belgian candi sugar adds a nearly cloying sweetness, if not for the bittersweet quality of the roasted grain. Estery fruit, with considerable plum and sweet raisin. Hints of apple and fig, as well. A slight yeasty spiciness peeks through in the finish, with a dash of spicy, earthy hopping. Just a hint of phenolic flavor, both clove and that band-aid sterile/medical taste, adding a touch of bitterness. Some light alcohol in the swallow, although it's toned down by the bouyant carbonation. Some chocolate and residual fruitiness linger in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, with a refined, smooth mouthfeel, carried by a fluffy, small bubbled carbonation that dances across the tongue. Excellent.
The brewtrack number is 0011, and I cracked the bottle sometime in early 01/04, so it was about a year old. It was kept at about 38-40`F in total darkness.
This is easily one of my favorite belgian style beers. I was expecting nothing in particular, and it was a pleasant surprise. The flavors are clean, balanced and well wrought, with depth and complexity, but linger on the tongue long enough to savor each individually with a sip. I'm not really big on belgian styles, but this is a winner in my book.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Moderate carbonation and head, a very dark ruby almost black color. Part of each batch is aged in oak barrels and makes for a very smooth, medium body, excellent tasting beer. Found in a 4-pak with a brandy snifter - $8. The high ABV could make this a keeper??? Not this time the 4-pak will be gone soon.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the begining there was beer.........Made by man, this dark brown elixer bears aromas of sweet brown bread, yeast, and fruit.To put this to your lips is the closest you humans will get to heaven. Flavors of tart chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, and spice makes this a very unique creation. Reminiscent of Rodenbach, the sweet and sour liquid finishes long and strong with a nice oily texture, the more you have, the more you want. As the glass slowly drains to the bottom, your mind wanders off ,the alcohol mellows the body and you again feel yourself in the womb.
thanks to Kunzbrew for this sample.........

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a 4-pack (with glass) from Yankee Spirits, MA. Brewtrack code is 0013 (it looks like).

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed a big ol' 2" mocha head above a deep reddish brown brew. Beer and head filled the glass exactly to the rim, but then the head continued to form, snowconing up but not over the edge, yet. Dark fruits and yeasty aroma, and the head may never go away! Lacing is incredible, with huge hunks of foamy lace left here, there and everywhere. Taste is initially a plummy sort of sourish fruit, but the malts round it out nicely, and it doesn't go overboard. Very pleasing overall package. Mouthfeel is excellent for what this brew is, and drinkability, well, it leaves me licking my lips for more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely brown with a rich creamy head that went on and on and on... I had to let it die down on its own and let it breathe, because it was too good-looking to touch.

The aroma was of rather subdued malt with apple tones... deceptive, like the rapscallion that it is.

The taste was nothing like the aroma hinted at. It was richly acidic, and strong, and reminded me of a perfect barleywine... it had that texture, that mouthfeel, that potent alcohol touch that overlaid everything but did not overpower.

Definitely one to try, if you haven't!

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Photo of ngandhi
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak 0011

I don't often speak about appearance; the rating usually suffices. Looks goods, looks bad -- whatever. But Rapscallion Creation is scandalous in appearance. Served in a 16 oz flared goblet, it is a black-and-tan body topped with a wildly rocky inch high head that looks like the surface of the moon were it actually made of cheese. And in the time it took me to search the web for an appropriate analogy, the head subsided only a few centimeters, leaving a sticky lace stocking on the rim of the glass and a cappucino white head tinged with espresso.

So the name has beat me to it, but I smell the heavens when I sniff this beer. Not the stuff of the Bible or Greek myth -- oh no. I smell what Heaven rightfully should be -- the chocolate cakes of every dead French dessert chef, Churchill's cigars, and Elvis' fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches (okay, okay, it's mostly just chocolate, but you get the point).

The palate is rich with a transforming mouthfeel that is better than every beer on the planet from the classic British session ales on cask to Three Floyd's Dark Lord. It's a debilitating liquid ooze tinged with carbonation that briefly passes through my cheeks and gums on its way to my soul.

Rich malt comes through an emminently fluffy, cotton, maternal head -- Rapscallion Creation makes me want to drink beer through my down pillows. Cocoa rich with a soft acidity and sourness that's almost bourbon-aged in character. A Flander's Black? This is what New Holland Dragon's Milk could only hope to be.

This doesn't taste like it was _aged_ in oak, it tastes like pure oak without the tannins and . . . aha! . . . the website says this is aged in oak. Nothing else could account for such depth of flavor and body.

They say they tried to cut down on the lactic acid in this batch (http://www.concordbrew.com/Brewtrak/Creation%200011.htm) and the sour character is light, so they've done a good job but, hey, shut up, Nilay (that's me). Stop criticizing this fucking beer. It is worlds beyond you and worlds beyond whoever's reading this. Some beers are vinous in that they taste like wine -- Creation is vinous in that it feels like it was made like wine -- like the grains somehow bore fruit and sweated for three months through the scorching sun of Cote-Rotie.

Fruit. Leather. Chocolate. Acid. Beef.

Forgive me, Lord. My spirit is free.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with little to no head. First impression is Wow! Very complex with many different flavors coming through. Sweet plums, grapes, figs and a bit earthy in terms of flavor. A bit raw and still could use some aging. I am very surprised at how smooth this beer is. Warming, relaxing and perfect for an after dinner beer. Another top notch beer from Concord!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented as a shiny brown bottle, my first to crack open from BIF18. Many thanks to goodbyeohio for hooking me up with a brew unavailable in these parts. The brewtrak was smeared (possibly #0012) and the mini-demon label was gone, but everything else was in place.

View: Pours a dark brown with flecks of amber peaking through. It is slightly cloudy from the bottle conditioning. Tiny-bubbled beige head quickly receded to a ring that left no lacing.

Smell: All kinds of tasty aromas come through. Candy sugar sweetness, dark malts and sharp hops are tossed with a light smattering of alcohol.

Taste: With only a few minutes out of the fridge, the brew was decidedly sweet, with chocolate and plum flavors dancing around with various dark malts. As it warmed up, a nice, subdued bitterness and slight tartness came through—some weird marriage of raisins and green skinned apples—showing the real complexity of the beer. Though bitter, it didn't have nasty bite. Extremely well crafted, complex beer. Although full-bodied, the mouthfeel was quick, but smooth and creamy. Slight mouth warming was the only warning that the alcohol was as high as it was.

Overall: Very tasty and worth several, though the high ABV would catch up on you. An excellent fall/winter brew that I could see tailgating with. Not mind numbingly bitter, not sickingly sweet, just right

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Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours an oak color with a murky brown head that lasts for quite some time (I guess I got a fresh one?). Anyways the aroma was of plums and alcohol. Quite a nice combination. I drank this at slightly cooler than room temp., but not much and it was phenomonal. Numerous flavors mixed together to form a smooth textured drink. Lots of fruitiness here. Plums and raisins are dominant. Sour apples are apparent, tart cherries are there. Purple grapes appear towards the end. WOW! Spices from yeast and alcohol provide an added dimension to the beer. Earthy hops linger the whole time and hold the fruit flavors together but never shine (which they shouldn't here). Finishes with a roasted alcohol flavor which isn't noticed until the end. This rivals Fuller's 1845. It is that good!

Much thanks to mikeys01 for the sample.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is very dark, deep dirty brown with red and murky amber tones. Only a small amount of light comes through and head is no more than a finger high. Head has a nice creamy looking texture, is tan in color, and fairly fast fading. Smells delightful with layers of tart dark fruits where cherry and prunes are dominant. Definitely a pleasant tobacco clove presence with earthy wood underneath. Very complex, interesting, smooth, and satisfing aroma. Taste has dark fruit tartness weaving in and out of tobacco, nuts, and yeasty grains. Woodiness and earthy tones throughout the finish cleanse the palate of the tart dark fruits to ready the mouth for more. Not much carbonation but nice medium full body and silky smoothness create a fine mouthfeel. The 9.5% ABV is completely hidden and is a bit of a surprise once you find your glass empty. Really ultra drinkable.

Mmmmm...Very good. Awesome aroma and tasty. Smooth all over and I wouldn't say no to many more of these. I'd like a little bigger head on this one but the color is tantalizing none-the-less.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany color on the pour, the head is modest and dissipates quickly, leaving a thin sheet of covering lace. Malt dominates the nose, plum like, caramel with hints of fusel alcohol; fresh and clean, start is thickly malt, sweet and the top full in its feel to the palate. Finnish has a mild acidity, the hops are understated but pleasing to the palate, droughty aftertaste and a nice “Belly Warmer”, as the 9.5 percent ABV certainly makes itself know at the finish, my kind of beer, dark, lots of malt and a high ABV.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown almost black like color with ruby highlights. A firm bubbly white head appears and recedes quickly leaving only the slightest lace. Aromas are very belgian like with some fruity like esters and yeast, along with a slight sugary aroma. Initially flavors are quite malty, with a fruity estery yeast flavor that gives off some grapes, and raisiny quality. Following there is a slight sweetness possibly from some candy sugar and yet more fruitiness with a bit of fig. This finish is sweet and crisp with just the slightest hop presence. This beer has a nice medium body with just a smooth carbonation that rests well on the pallate. As for drinkability I dont think they get much more drinkable than this, just a great flavor and super smooth without a trace of the 9.5% ABV. A great beer from a non-Belgian brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep mahogany body reveals dark amber highlights at the base of the glassand its foamy light-tan head rises up quickly but then gently backs off leaving a solid 1/2" of head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The nose is interesting, but not necessarily inviting. It's mildly tart and quite woody, earthy and musty. It almost smells like a partially smoked wet cigar... intriguing but odd! In the mouth it displays gently caressing bubbles that tingle the tongue before warming to become nicely creamy. The tart note found in the aroma is brought to fruition (no pun intended) in the flavor with a tart but juicy sweetness that's just like a dark black cherry! Dark fruit skins follow and it's reminiscent of fat juicy raisins, deep red wine, prunes, and a light touch of sharp black currants. It's astonishingly rich and fruity! It finishes with some more red wine character (must be coming from the combination of dark fruitiness, brettanomyces, and alcohol) and an earthy/mossy/herbal hop constituent that helps round it out and lends a great deal of complexity to an otherwise straightforward juicy/tart ale. It dries a bit and softens to reveal some lingering nuttiness and a mild touch of vanilla. Wow! Astounding! Well worth seeking out!
Notes on an aged bottle from 2003 thanks to HopasaurusRex. The same "vintage" I'd tasted for the review above: Soft, smooth, velvety. Very round and supple. Aging has really tamed this beast. The fruit has softened, the hop notes have dropped below the surface and become more of a part of the whole, and even the Brettanomyces character has smoothed. The beast has become a soft, sweet and furry friend that softly pants at your feet wanting for attention. Very drinkable. ... ...almost excessively drinkable! And yet, it somehow lacks in the big picture. I think I like the wild versus the domesticated. It's a trade-off, just like anything. If I were to review it I'd increase the score for drinkability and aroma, bringing it to a 4.6, so I guess the aging worked, but at the same time I still kind of need that GRRR!

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark, dark amber with a small dusky head. Looks like I'm looking down in to a moat. Nice little ring of lace around the goblet.

Smells distinctly of cherry, fig, smoke, and steak. Yea I said it, steak. There's an essence of mingion hiding in there.

Exceedingly sweet. I mean suck your tounge out sweet. Huge candy sugars give rise to a depth of fruit tatse that I haven't encountered before. Lots of grape and gum. Big fat gobs of licorice and vanilla. Amazing. Finishes as it started, sweet, with just a hint of alcohol warming at the end. Brilliant.

Huge is an understatement for mouthfeel

I can't see this being the kind of thing you'd drink all night long. But is is a great fireplace sipper.

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Photo of bditty187
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish purple in hue with a slight coppery tint that is more noticeable when held to a light. The head didn’t develop that well, a thin cap of off-white bubbles formed and then quickly faded to a thin collar. I really like the color of this beer; it is fairly unique. It is too bad there was no subsequent lacing. The liquid is eye-candy nevertheless. The nose is complex but it lacks in potency. I easily detected aromas of clove, bubblegum, and medical smells. There were also hints of cherries, plums, and grapes. Rubbing alcohol, I didn’t care for this smell as I found it too cutting and it interrupted the flow. Candied sugar. There are aromas of mint, plus some less pronounced herbs at the far back. Grape jelly. I like the nose but it seems to be missing something. I wish there was some malt richness, less alcohol, and more power in the aromas. Still, the bouquet is inviting. Okay. What is going on here? The nose was complex but thin. The palate is uncomplicated but fat. Tasty! The nose lacked richness. The palate has plenty for richness. Malty. There are tons of dark fruity qualities like cherries, plums, and grapes. Minty. Medicinal. The rubbing alcohol qualities of the nose are manifested in a more, rounded taste that provides plenty of heat. I like the heat. There are cloves in the middle with a hint of bubblegum. Juicy like grape juice that is oversweet and designed for children. This beer is not for children however. Marshmallows. The finish is earthy but rich in flavors, sweet and spicy with a kiss of bitterness. The palate is really well constructed; I would have never guessed the abv was so high. I mentioned earlier that the palate was “uncomplicated,” well now that I have quaffed even more I realize that is a shortsighted comment as the flavors really develop. The more I sip the more depth was uncovered, not many beers can do this; most lay everything on the table at once. Sometimes I like surprises. The nose said one thing and the palate did another. Rich. Tasty. This is a lovely beer. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation that is very fitting for this relaxing beer. If the body were bigger (and it could be) the whole demeanor of this beer would change. There isn’t a lot of bulk on the tongue but it seems to work. When the modest-sized body is coupled with the hidden abv and I have found this beer to be very, very easy to drink and just as likeable. If this beer were local I would have some on hand all the time. This beer would be great for a no-nonsense nightcap. It is tasty but not so overpowering that it would “keep you awake” with thought of its glory. What I’m saying is, this beer tastes good, period. Thanks ppoitras for the bottle… as part of the 2004 Secret Santa.

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Photo of Jason
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a “Brewtrak” number of 0010.

Appearance: After a hard pour the brew only yields a one-fingered head that holds on with a semi-sticky lace. The extreme dark brown colour lets very little light through.

Smell: Straight up mild tartness, faint cherry? Hint of herb that has a ghost like tobacco smell. Earthy yeast and a dry wood in the back ground.

Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than crispness showing that the carbonation is on the low side though it makes up for it with a dreamy slick and creamy full medium body. Tartness is there front to back with hints of ripe fruit; bing cherries, black currants and raisins. Light charcoal taste lands at the same time the mild herbal phenols want to set in. A good showing of toasted grain middle to end as things dry out and the tone of nutty yeast and light puckering wood tannins give the palate a nearly clean slate for the next sip.

Drinkability & Notes: First off the 9.5% abv is quite hidden, the blending of 10% beer that was aged in wood is perfect and certainly makes a solid presence on the palate. Sip after sip I go back for more.

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Photo of yoko
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my local favorites. Creation pours pretty, mounting a modest head which soon settles to a bubbling ring lending to a hastened cascading lace. Color is a dark ruby yet with light gives a red amber hue back-drop for a suspended smattering of yeast. The nose moves up with the sweet of ripe cherries, raisins, and an ever-slight tart of plums or black currants. The olfactory joins the taste in the mid and top notes with a middle thread of citrus or plum that softens with time yet runs throughout the length of taste. Letting it rest for 20 minutes brings a more complex beverage to be. The taste spreads wide and round with much distance between start and finish. Smooth, creamy with light carbonation…ahhh. Creation is malt biased with a beautiful texture coming to a dry finish.

I’d love to try this one on draught.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak coding appears to be encrypted in hieroglyphics. My best guess is 0011 (assuming it is double-stamped (triple?) and smeared beyond recognition).

Truly noteworthy coloring. The crossroads joining magenta, amber, brown, and indigo. All darkened and obscured by clouds. The head is substantial; yellowed tan, thick, enduring, and clinging.

While still semi-chilled, the nose bursts out grape jelly. Smuckers spiked with port. With warmth, oak provides contrast and depth, coupled with black cherries and subtle toasty clues.
There is no denying the jammy grape qualities that carry over to the taste. Big and bright, and sort of cloying. But just when it reaches the "Jesus...ease off it already" point; it does.
Freed from its red grape blinders, the mouths beholds a labyrinth of fermented nuance. Caramelized apricots and cherry skins. Lime and lemon tartness battered against toasty Munich malts. Bready peanut butter and toffee. Crisp green apples, cores intact, glazed with equally crispy brown sugar. Further on there are materializations of cloves, and dates and figs, and cocoa powder, and brandy-soaked peaches. All of this is soaked in a soured woody oakness. Musty and misty, and earthen. Contradictory and lovely.
Head-spinning complexities.
Still, though, the grape jam remains king.
Potency is largely cloaked. But the port-essence suggests its presence.
Generally full in stature, but given some reprieve via carbonated airiness.
Truly an arcane Creation. Akin to a fattened, port-infused Oud Bruin on mescaline.
Bizarre and fascinating.
I love it.

Big time thanks to yankeeheel.

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Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe that the brewtrak # was 0069 or 0009, not too sure as it was rather smudged.

Pours a very dark ruby color with a nice big brown head due to a vigorous pour. The head (too) soon fades down to a lace over the top of the brew. Slight burning alcohol aroma is the first to hit the nose but is only there for a flash before the brew's complexity emerges. Some big dark fruit aromas with definite fig and plum and some slightly vinous qualities. Great big maltiness accompanies a nice big sip of this stuff. Nice chocolate flavors tail into a warming alcohol feeling. After the brew is down the gullet I find that there is a very nice lingering fruity quality to this brew. Nice dark plums, raisins and figs. Nicely medium bodied, a little light for the big flavors, and nicely warming. Excellent brew and definitely something that I will be purchasing when I head up to MA in a couple of months. The only thing I really would like to be different about this has nothing to do with the beer. The glass that comes with the brew would be well served by and etching on the bottom to help the head along. A very enjoyable experience over all.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

of the 3 rapscallion beers (was the grand creation a one-off?), this was the one that i by far enjoyed the most and that i also think is the most accessible to a wide range of beer drinkers. why? i'm not really sure, but i do. this one poured a deep ruby/brown colour with a nice off white head that lasts for a while but dissolves into a just as nice, thick lacing that lasts for the remainder of the brew. smells very tart and sweet. a bit of alcohol can be picked up as well. the taste is a bit sweeter than the smell, also very tart. i got more of a citrus/orange taste than those who were tasting cherry and grape, though i detected hints of the latter mentioned fruits as well. there's maybe a bit a caramel flavouring in here as well, along with a nice earthy balance. the carbonation was just right, and i was shocked to find that this is a 9.5% alcohol brew...you just don't notice it. well done.

by the way, i was sipping from brewtrak 0011.

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian style dark ale made me happy. What more can you ask for? Aroma was teasingly difficult to put an exact name to - dark plums and red grape juice with a hint of clove-like spice. Great vinious character, dark with fruit and still light and spicy-yeasty. This beer was a study in contradiction. The 9.5 abv was slyly hidden in the complexity of the flavors, even as the beer warmed the alcohol never announced itself.

Thanks to Cooper for the sample - I think. I can't get this at home, so now I know what a great beer I am missing out on. Oh well, "'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label lore: Brew trak 0011 which looked smudged to me. Maybe off? God's hand pouring a bottle into (hopefully my) goblet on body label. Neck label is Rapscallion demon. No info.

A beautious mahagony brown slight light-thru pour released from a 12 oz browner into me Weyerbacher wide mouth goblet with a 1/2" layer of moon cratered antique white head that oozed down to a scant coating leaving sticky lace. It doesn't get better than this. Slow sliding lace slips down the glass.

Sweet dark fruit and black cherry nose meets malty cake batter and flour nose.

First swigs: Spicy sour fruit skins like ripe pears and red apples with a bright prescence of some yeastiness. Deep bready sourdough. A bitter dry vinous ephemeral aftertaste almost of port wine and baker's chocolate. This is a complex sipper. Close to a superlative 5/5 if it had a bit more sourness, for my palate. This left me in half-the-way-valley towards Flemish Sour but maybe that's the idear~. As she warms, the flavors blend to a Black Cherry soda and bread dough and ripe red apple. Marathon flavors. Quite complex.

Tight crisp sizzle that stays true throughout the pour. Almost achieves English Barley wine. A fine chalky hint in the body reminiscent of some flour. Light spritzy body, surprisingly enough.

Last swigs: Belgian dubel first, English Barley wine second. A huge 9.5% ABV. CONCORD Rapscallion beers are become a favorite. Excellent beers! Gotta trade me more.

***UPDATE ***
Brewtrak: 0014. Edged down Ap from 5 to 4.5. Amazing how similar this tastes to almost a year later. English Barley wine with a Belgian yeast. Thanks to SkinnyElvis fo the free gift bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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