mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany-brown body with a soapy white head. The aroma is pungent- yeasty cheese, sugar, sweet bread, and caramel. Very sweet flavour consisting of caramel, wood, and loads of alcohol. Barleywine-esque sugars and heftiness. I think, as others have mentioned, this might be a bit too young.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick, with a slightly tongue numbing strangeness from a combination of bittering hops and alcohol. Decent caramel aroma, nice malt body. Nothing terribly special from an outstanding brewer.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml Bottle, 2005) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of caramel, grapes, cherries, and spices. Flavor of toffee, alcohol, malt, mild hops, and vinous with a dry finish.
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: sl. cloudy, reddish deep cooper. Aroma: raisins, dried fruits, burnt sugar, lots of malt, molasses and brown sugar. Palate: a bit powdery, thick, syrupy and low in carbonation. Flav.: intensely sweet, all the nose comes through, slightly bitter finish. Too sweet...I don’t love it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper color, light head and light lacing. Nose of nice complex malts, fresh hops and strong alcohol. Balanced, nice rich hop level and a creamy maltiness like apple and plum with some kumquatts. Very nice.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a semi-hazy deep copper with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, caramel, a touch of fruit, and a bit of smoke. Flavor is off-dry with a bit of sweetness stemming from some caramel and molasses flavor, some wood and a touch of fruit leading to a dry finish accentuated by some grassy hops. Body is moderate but could be a little thicker. Comes across a bit like a barley wine to me, but eh, whatever... it still reflects the Alesmith quality and craftsmanship that I expect.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was an aged bottle brought over by Clark to our blind old ale tasting. Aroma is sweet sticky and lots of soy oxidation. Graphite pencil and woody oxidized flavor with some light residual sweetness and a peppery bitter finish. Slightly astringent. Pretty interesting, but past its prime. Which is wierd cuz it isnt even more than 2 years old and 11%? Thanks for bringing this one Clark!
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very hoppy. The taste is both hoppy and strong. I’d like to know what makes something an old ale, and I’d like to have this brewery ship to Las Vegas.
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Blind rating, American Beer Tastings at Sk8viking´s. Slightly Pours a slightly hazy cobbar with an off-white head. Smells of alcohol. Sweet with aromas of malts, caramel and a hint of funghi. Medium carbonation. Long, strong finish with a lot of alcohol.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Sampled 11/06--with 15 months of bottle age, and again 08/08 with 3 years bottle age.
Burnished bronze-gold with copper-mahogany highlights and the full color spectrum in between as it thins out to the edge. Very low carbonation at this age. Roasted malt aromas caramel sweetness with vanilla and oak gives way to a multi-dimensional flavor profile with many layers of malted grain, roast, sweetness, aging characteristics (maderization, etc.), and an incredibly long, full chromatic toffee finish. Lower carbonation and age intensified the body characteristics: lovely, nimble mouthfeel with well-integrated bitterness and an assertive alcohol character that is superbly balanced and mellowed with age.