heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rummy sweet aroma, hint of molasses. Faintest whiff of earthy hops. Rich and warming, yet not alot of apparent alcohol. Complex sugars. This is fantastically complex. Sugar plum fairies are dancing in my head. Thanks for sharing, Duane!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown hue. Malty, with lots of caramel flavor. Smooth and sweet, with the alcohol hidden very well. Could probably use a few more months in the cellar. Slightly bitter finish. This beer kicks ass.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the most killer beers I have ever had. Interestingly complex in the flavor and aroma. A strange mixture of fruity aromas, everything from cherries to melon to the maltiness which is full of big breadiness, caramel and chocolate. Everything about this beer is given away in the aroma and one of the likely few that follows through in the flavor. For the most part very well balanced, aftertaste kind of drops off, with the lingering flavor focusing on the alcohol. Overall never disapointing and very full of flavor.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a ruby red color with a small, off whte head that left lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, caramel malt, melon, anise. Taste of chocolate, cherries, caramel malt, and strong alcohol finish. I really enjoyed this beer
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 These $10 magnums of alesmith suggest that they be aged, and I think that this is essential to get the carbonation to a reasonable level. This beer tasted amazing, but it was a little flat.
really bad attempt at rating a long time ago
Zeswaft (1464) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sweet and caramelly. Texture is velvety and almost flat, but there is a good amount head. Again, flavor is very sweet and slightly hoppy. Everything is balanced so well. My only wish is that it would be more carbonated. But you are supposed to wait a year to drink it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was hugely anticipated and it was that high expectation based on AleSmith’s track record (Speedway, Old Numbskull, Wee Heavy, IPA, YuleSmith) that diminished it. While this was a fine brew and a sterling example of the style, I was underwhelmed. A thin beige head topped a cloudy amber body. The aroma was sweet, piney, hoppy, with notes of caramel maltiness. Somewhat vinous, a combination of thickness and carbonation in the mouthfeel as well as warm alcoholic glow. Moderately sweet flavor. Old ale or barleywine. No matter. Good beer.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Jimmack, Secret Santa, for this beer! I popped it open in honor of my Redskins actually making the playoffs, since it seems like a decade since that happened. Poured a pretty ruby, surprising creamy head. Aromas were intense, loads of caramel, some toffee, alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit. Full on flavors of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, raisin, and faint apple. Balancing hop bitterness to finish it off. This seems like one of those big beers that needs some time to come together, and the flavors have finally melded. Give this another few years and I bet it would utterly floor me. Great stuff.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing ruby-brown. Nose swet and fruity, hints of sweet chocolate. Rich cherries and some alcohol as well. Flavor is very full and rich, molasses, cherry/raisins. A mite too sweet, but not overpowering. Good hops at the end.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale pours a dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige/white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and fruit, brown sugar, some cherries and earthy hops. A full bodied Old Ale. Malts are caramel, brown sugar, molasses and dark fruit. Some earthy hops, but mostly this beer is malt, brown sugar and some alcohol. Lots of raisins and cheery flavors come out as it warms. Very smooth tasting, and I think the alcohol burn/presence will mellow with time. The aging potential for this beer should be good. Think I will wait to open the next bottle of this stuff in a year of so. Interesting as it certainly is mellowing as it warms. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with a noticeable alcohol bite.