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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 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 gotbeer
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This beer pours a dark, almost black color with a decent head at first that fades quickly.

S- Overly ripe fruit comes to mind

T- Raisens, currants, and rum all come to mind. Lots of complexity, and it hides it's ABV pretty well, with some warming fussels after your sip. Complex and interesting to sip.

M- A little thin for the mouthfeel.

D- ABV is a little high, and the mouthfeel a little thin for me to want more than a couple.

Overall, a good beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this a soda? Pours just like a coke in the snifter. Dark caramel, bubbly head that falls to absolutely nothing in seconds. Translucent on the edges and no bubbles that I can see. Smell is rum-soaked plums and rhubarb (read that in Ding's review, I believe, and by God, that is an accurate smell ID.) Taste is mildly acidic, very fruity, and all bathed in alcohol. The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste, but as I write this, I'm feeling a little numb in the frontal lobe. Mouthfeel is medium thin with little body in the finish. This is certainly drinkable, but way too high on the alcohol content to be a session brew.

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this in a trade.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. brewtrak # 0015.

a - deep amber with a finger height head. basically no lacing and head is gone after three sips of this. it then basically looks like coke in a snifter.

s - hints at yeast and fruits with a mild hops and almost no alcohol.

t - very textured malts hinting at various different fruits there is no alcohol present until about the middle to end.

m - for a strong medium bodied brew this is great!

d - get it! if you ever see it get it.

note: my only problem with this is that it appears that i can only get it with a glass. i would like to get this in a six and not have to purchase a glass every time.

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Photo of bultrey
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
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 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 tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 MuddyFeet
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak #0015 as well.

Pours a dark stain like brown. Almost like dried blood. But thick looking. Thick head that receded completely. Nose is subtle with some plum tones. Flavor is very interesting. Lots of malts but not sweet so much as tart with a nice bite. Perhaps some chocolate. Cannot pick up any of the alcohol at all. Some nice spices come through in the finish. Slightly dry but with a robust feel. Goes down way too easily for a 9.5% beer. Dangerous.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewtrak # 0015

Pours out a dark brown with good sized off white head. A little scattered lacing is left on the glass. Sweet malts a bit of fruit and a light toastiness come out in that aroma. Caramel comes out after awhile as well. Taste begins with some caramel and a bit of chocolate. Some fruit notes that are both sweet and tart. Ends on a sweet note with a light sourness. Pretty thin mouthfeel for the strength. Pretty good drinkability overall. It has some interesting things going on but could use a bit more body.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crafted from the Concord Brewery, which is now stated on the label as the Concorde Brewery in Shirley, MA this dark overlord of a brew comes on strong and finishes strong. Hints of red fruits dance on the midpalate and the finish is long with a hint of malt. This beer is as dark as a porter, but smooth all the way through inspite of the abv%.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost black w/ some ruby highlights w/ the assistance of natural light. A half finger of tan off white head produces and disappears almost instantly...very similar to a cola...looks like one too.
Aroma is decent...raisins mostly w/ a nice sweet malt finish, no alcohol detected at this point.
The taste is very unique...bittersweet at first w/ a tobacco-like flavor. A hint of chocolate too, w/ again...no alcohol apparent and this is enjoyed at darn near room temperature.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average...a bit too carbonated for me to become a highly drinkable brew. I am real surprised this brew is 9.5%, but as I finish the pint, I can feel it go right to my head...good thing I am not trying to make a session out of this one.
A pleasant surprise...my favorite by Concord so far.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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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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 kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ppoitras

It pours a deep ruby-hued brown color with a small head that falls to slightly coat and ring the brew. The nose is very spicey. Nutmeg is what comes to me the most. There is also some light raisin and sweet brown sugar. I think it smells very nice. The flavor is not as good. The raisin and brown sugar sweetness meld well together and the spices are mixed in very well. The let-down is the feel. Its too thin. A light moderate at best. Needs more body. I just looked at the alcohol. This is 9.5%. No hint of it anywhere. This is a nice brew. I'd have it again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and slightly spicy with some slight hints of malt. Little alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is pretty sweet with some spices and hints of alcohol, much like the aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, but it still has a lot of flavor. The drinkability is just ok, as the spices and the alcohol take a little away.

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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 Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 yoko
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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 goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


pours a deep crimson with good foaminess and great lacing. reminds me of the big belgians like st bern and west 12..

aroma is COMPLETELY different though.. wood and smoke, fresh cut grass. very earthy and rustic. very barleywineish. i've been picking up beers lately that are too similar. smells just like i remember weyerbacher QUAD smelling. not a bad thing..

taste is AMAZING! expecting bitter and alcoholic, got sour, pungent and light! could be described as apple with a faint hint of seawater (in a good way). some choc/coffee. this sounds ridiculous, but its so unique that im not sure how to call it

and the mouthfeel.. the aftertaste is pure porter. this beer is all over the map.. but that, to me, stimulates my interest and my palate. cheers on a well-crafted beer. looking forward to trying more rapscallions as this is my 1st.

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Photo of bditty187
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ybnorml
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark beer appears brrown but is seriously dark ruby colored when held up to the light. Has a small fizzy dark beige head. The is a strong aroma of dryed fruit/ fig with some chocolate and a hint of tabacco in the background. The flavor is an intermengling of a sweet dried fruit character and chocolate notes with a dry hint of tabacco on the finish.

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Photo of winomark
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ncie deep amber with some red hues. Thick, fluffy light tan head. Warm, malty nose. Slight toast noticable. Nice and inviting. Interesting palate. Sweet malt, yet slightly acidic. Yeasty esters noticable. No hops. Somewhat unpleasant to me. Mouthfeel is good, with carbonation adding lightness, but with a slightly thick, sour finish. To me, this beer looks and smells better than it tastes. Not a fan of the sweet and sour palate. Won't try again.

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Photo of RoterTeufel
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm... Tasty. --Brewtrak# 0014

Poured out into a goblet with creamy off-white finger width head, which slowly dissapated after a minute or two. My nose could not pick up any discernable smells, however they are there... the only way I can describe it is earthy-sweet. Very smooth, mild carbonation. Alcohol content is fairly well hidden. Well, as far as the taste goes, I like it, although I can't quite pin point exactly what the flavors are: Barrel Aging? Maybe a mild smoke flavor? It is a robust beer with a direct charachter. Whatever their aim was, the folks at Concord did a lovely job.
I reccomend drinking this on the warmer side - I took mine out of the wine fridge, only to let it warm up to room temperature.

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

This beer was served to me at the Moan and Dove in a nice Rapscallion glass. The big foamy head was at least an inch thick, light brown hue. Smells like a normal brown ale, but with more of a subtle kick than most straight up American browns. Musty, spicy, figgy smells. This beer has a lot of tastes to tease the palate with. Traditional maltiness, yet with a nice hop balance, and lots of complex raisin, fig, spice tastes. Very creamy tasting as well. This is a nice feel in the mouth, very smooth and full bodied. A definately drinkable beer. Another great effort by Rapscallion. Solid brew.

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