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Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dull crimson with multiple streams of angry carbonation creating an expansive crown of pale caramel beige. The foam is stiff and airy rather than creamy or sticky and is a pretty lousy lacer as a result. The beer itself looks good enough, but the transient cap certainly isn't what I would expect for an American strong ale. Besides, there's way too much carbonation for the style.

The nose is different as well, but is more to my liking than the appearance. It's primarly sweet and sour fruity with notes of berries, cherries, grapes and plums. Despite the 'Dark Reserve Beer' on the label, it doesn't smell all that dark. I don't pick up any dark fruits (such as raisins), for instance.

Rapscallion Creation is definitely an interesting creation, but it isn't an especially good one. Either Concord Brewery has a vastly different idea of what constitutes a strong ale than I do or something went horribly wrong in the execution of this beer. For starters, the mouthfeel would be more at home on a pale ale. An undermalted pale ale.

This is a pathetically thin ASA that has no hope of providing any of the various malt-related flavors that most beer of this style is known for... because there's so little malt on hand. Creation tastes like tart fruit (now cherries and lemons) with a little watery caramel drizzled over top. A faint oakiness doesn't help the cause either. Fortunately or unfortunately, it's all washed away almost as soon as contact is made with the taste buds.

Hard to believe the ABV. I detect very little evidence of alcohol on the palate and I can't say that I'm feeling much of it either, even though I'm well into the bottle. American weak ale is more like it. Given the yawning gap between what the Brits and the Yanks consider a 'strong' ale to be, I might be able to go along with English strong ale. Might.

As noted, the body/mouthfeel is a disgrace. It may be picking up a modicum of viscosity as it warms... nah, not really. Interesting that the wild initial carbonation is now incredibly tame and that the beer feels almost flat. Something in the middle of those two extremes would have been nice.

I love the label on Rapscallion Creation, a beer-related play on Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It's too damn bad that the beer isn't anywhere near that inspired though. Perhaps a more fitting name would be Rapscallion Destruction after what it has done to my expectations.

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Photo of Jason
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, dating system is a mystery. Pours with an active head, settles down to a tiny bubble film. Color is sort of chocolaty brown. malytnose detected. Flavor notes of raisins, figs, jam/jelly. Musty and earthy. Some spicing. Sweet, complex and strong. Vinious notes. This tastes like a belgian double or a dark saison to me. The glass that was included with the fourpack indicates the brewers were thinking Belgian style as well. Nice interesting brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A proud devil displays his glass on the bottleneck, and I'm eager to join him in raising a chalice to down this much anticipated ale.
Color, dark brown with tall, but quickly dissipating darkish head. Aroma is very vinous, dominated by dark fruits, cherries and grapes, sweet, like a port wine, but not too dark and syrupy, actually feeling more like a cherry soda
Taste: a blast of hops on the palate, with a full body, and persistent flavor, thick, but somewhat cloying in the texture, full of sweet and strong fruitiness, then the sour kicks in, again, and again, and the body thins some, with the sour character winning over. Feels a bit like a flat grape soda, perhaps I've gotten a bad bottle?
...so I said in April of '03 in my little beer review notebook and I was determined to give it another chance, which came along in June..."Beautiful, deep dark ruby hue, nice, highly carbonated, darkish head...fruity, grapey, spritzy, deep, heady, full, but missing a lot, just grape juicy, like the other one, flat and lacking in yeast, malt, hops..."
I'd been assured that my suspicion that this poor taste was a result of a bad bottle was far from fact, by several, including the beer's creator, who suggested that perhaps I just don't like that kind of beer. Could I be the only cretin on God's Green Earth who doesn't like this beer? Well, I've since seen similar sentiments posted and come forth now as not a lone heretic, but sure in my sentiments that what ever was in these bottles was not what I was looking for, nor anything that I can rightly enjoy. It just ain't all that good. There, I said it...
...and I thank jeffboo for the bottles!
(For what it's worth, I liked Premiere and Blessing quite a bit!)

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Photo of jdhilt
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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 weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to warriorsoul for this one!

Really super cool bottle. It's obviously supposed to be Michelangelo's Creation of Adam painted on the Sistine Chapel...except this one is cooler in the fact that God is pouring a supreme brew into Adam's goblet.

Appears a dark mohogany color with a small amount of ivory head which fades after a moment. Not much lacing as I enjoy this treat. A small amount of bubbles can appear if I tilt the glass and hold it up to the light.
Smells terrific! I get the aroma of raisins, caramel, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. I'm getting the scent of some candy sugar. Lovely.
Tastes even better than I had anticipated. Reminds me a bit of an Abbey Dubbel with lots of candy sugar. I get all those scents I had described swirling around in my mouth with delight.
Mouthfeel is pretty good here too. I can feel the carbonation that I couldn't see in this dark brew and although a tad on the sweet end, it manages to nail most of the hidden spots of the mouth all while hiding the high alcohol content until the end of the glass, as it has warmed up slightly.
Rates pretty good on the drinkability scale, as the abv is hidden for most of the enjoyment of the brew. Nice.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, obtained as an "extra" in a massive trade with MuddyFeet

appearance: very dark brown with amber highlights, a nice bubbly tan head with hefty lacing

smell: first aromas are sugary and sour, some nice cherry, grape

taste: sugary and sour as smell indicated but in a very non-abrasive manner...definately some sweet chocolate covered cherry, dark grapes, alcohol noticeable in the aftertaste. some nice medium malts

mouthfeel: sour on the tongue, alcohol burn, medium bodied

drinkabilty: fairly drinkable

Quite an interesting american strong ale. I like the sour nature though and enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Thanks MuddyFeet for the try

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Photo of tavernjef
2.49/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What a strange color, looks almost black, but up to the light it looks like a murky cola brown, head is off-white, small and tight, fades fast to a fluffy ring, and super thin stings of lace. Smell reminds me of purple grape juice, has some oaky sourness and musky yeast, touches of alcohol, acetone cleaner, & plastic. Taste is mild with a sour overlay thats like grape juice and not much else, weak sweetened malts, sugary, slightly bittering with a dryness of grape skins or white wine. Feel is quite light and thin with a quick souring effect and ends just as quickly with a slight dryness. Not sure what this beer is attempting, it had me baffled and took forever to finish. Not sure if I'm getting bad bottles from the Rapscallion line or what, but man this wasn't very good. What are you doing to me UncleJimbo? Aahhhgg? ; )

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Rapscallion glass included w/ 4 pack.

Deep, dark, ruby color with a small head. Spicy, slightly tart aroma - dark fruits, woody, interesting. Taste is very nice: slightly tart, hint of cherry, plum, and an apple-like dry sweetness. Slightly sour. Quite the amalgamate of flavors. Smooth, full, and clean - 9.5%, really?...I detect no alcohol. Very balanced.

A very tasty and interesting ale. Complex and unexpectedly strong. Super easy to drink for such a powerful brew. Recommended.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a clear brown in color with a monster head that foamed all over the tasting booth on an easy pour. It took ten minutes of chit chatter with the brewery rep before it went down enough to drink.

Smell – I wish I would have had more time to let this nose open up, but when you’re trying to taste a zillion Belgian beers in five hours time is of the essence. What I could find were some big, very dark malts that were almost kind of roasty. What I didn’t find was a hint of the 9.5 ABV.

Taste – Yep, this one is wound tight as a drum. The darkish malts did come out to play, though. I also picked up some dark fruits, like dark cherries, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost full-bodied with some light carbonation and very dark bittering notes. Towards the end of the glass the dark fruits and sugars came out nicely.

Drinkability – This was pure velvet without a hint of alcohol. It’s a big boy though and deserves your respect. A great example of a Strong Ale.

Comments – I had this at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest and the Rapscallion booth was by far my favorite. Although I described this beer as dark, dark, dark, it wasn’t overly heavy and is a fine candidate for cellaring. Six months under the staircase and I’d probably give it straight 4.5s.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From what I can tell, this looks like it's batch #0009, though the numbers are a bit smudged on the bottle. Poured an opaque, deep brown color, but with hardly any head to speak of, just a smidge around the perimeter of the goblet. Upon pouring my 2nd bottle, I've upgraded appearance to 4.0 due to a decent, tan, shortlived head, and some lacing making a cameo. Nose was fairly strong, with some dark fruit and a smidge of alcohol peeping through. Body was about medium, to me, and the lack of a strong carbonation gave it a fairly smooth ride on the tongue. I enjoyed the taste, though I didn't find it complex like some biers in the style. It showed some fruity flavors and perhaps a bit of woodiness. The fruit flavors lean more into the dark fruit range, as opposed to lighter, tart stuff. I can also feel a distinct warming in the belly from the alcohol. All in all, I like it; my preferred Rapscallion offering to date. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out a lovely, dark red colour with a small, but magestic head of off-white foam that leaves very nice lacing. The aromas are of oak, sherry, belgian yeast, cherries, and lambic like sour-funk. The taste is lovely, a nice blend of sour lactic yeast, and fruity (cherry) like malts and hops. The mouthfeel is super creamy and suprisingly light for a beer that is nearly 10%in abv and the drinkability is wonderful. This is akin to a souped up version of a lovely oud bruin or flemish sour red ale. It's a damn shame that this brewery is now closed. Find it, love it, drink it...

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Connecticut Brewfest: This beer pours a cloudy brown color with a small tan head. The nose has hints of sweetness, fruits, and roastiness. The flavors are along the same lines as the aroma. The alcohol is not evident in wither the taste or the nose. This drinks very well.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sulldaddy
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in the included logo snifter. I have had two bottles explode and figured I need to open this one and drink it before another casualty. This bottle forths up immensely upon opening and gives a huge beige fluffy head in the glass as I pour delicately. The color is rich dark brown color with some deep plum color tints present. There is very little light penetrating the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like ripe pears and plums. Actually makes me think of a berry-laden scone on the nose. First sip reveals a fairly thick body and soft rolling carbonation. I get a flavor similar to a scone again with biscuity yeast tastes and fruit flavors, also with hints of banana poking through. No hint of alcohol on the nose or in the taste. This is a very tasty brew and I will try some others in the line next time I travel to MA.

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Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chaduvel for this one. Pours a murky dark cola-brown with a medium-sized tan head. Smells mostly of sweet/sour grape candy/soda, yeast, and alcohol. Interesting. Starts off sweet and tart, like grapes and plums. Yep, very wine-like. Carbonated red-wine Big, juicy, and acidic. Finish is faintly bitter and slightly warming (thank god there are no tannins though). Amazing that I can't taste the alcohol! Very unique (for a beer) and very good, but not too complex overall.

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Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, dark fruits, and caramel. I got a very slight woodiness to this as well. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 9/10/05

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was labeled "Rapscallion Dark Creation Reserve", but according to the brewer, this is the same as "Creation".

Good brown color with small foam. The aroma was modest, but malty. The taste was good and unique: a bit sour and tart but with flavors of malt and sugar coming through. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. The drinkability was good. It was a unique flavor to me.

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, sent months ago by awesome BA Alan/BanditBrewingCo. Poured to a snifter, respecting its age and 'retired'-ness.

Label crudely resembles Michelangelo's 'Creation' depicted on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling (the hand of God extended toward Adam's), only in this case God's hand fills Adam's goblet. Sacrilegiously clever, I suppose. 'Brewtrak' box shows a purplish smear, no discernible 'best by/brewed on' date.

A: Garnet-ruby glows through this one, a clear pour capped with a 1/2 finger of fizzy tan. Within a minute or so, that billowing cola-like fizz is gone, winnowing away to a clingy ring and revealing a surprising clarity. Lace is non-existant.

S: Lovely wafting aroma of over-ripened cherries, sugary raisins, dates and whatever other plump/sweet fruit one can name. Toffee, hints of leather, a drizzle of bourbon.

T: So much fruit, it's kinda ridiculous. Not just raisins, sweet cherries and dates, there's a chewy carob/cocoa even a hint of sweet melon. More roasted malt in the finish, a touch more chocolate-y bitterness (but still with a fruity backing).

M: A hit of carbonation upfront, surprising in that the appearance looks so settled. Has a lively, cutting feel with a medium body. Booziness isn't very apparent.

D: A pleasant drinker, sip-worthy. Has quite a bit of latent carbonation, not sure if the intent was to make me so gassy. No worries, it's a fine ale and age hasn't affected it in the least (in a negative way). Enjoyable and one I'd certainly have again.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky, maroon and brown color. Beer virtually jumped out of the bottle with a big tan head on the beer that settles down quickly but leaves a huge ring of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of tart drak fruit, prunes, raisins and maybe cherries, along with malt and candy sugar. Hint of earth and tobacco in the background.
Flavor starts very tart with prunes, coriander and heavy candy sugar on the palate. Flavor slides into a earthy and roasty middle and then finishes with a dry and yeasty finish.
Mouthfeel is good and very effervescent without being filling.

Thanks to Mikeys01 for the trade for this one.
Drinkability is good because high ABV is hidden but more than one of these may be too many.

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