ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 2005 Bottle aged approximately one year.
Raw, fresh and messy in the nose, it certainly has that unpasteurized, unfiltered feel to it that is so appealing about alesmith. Unfortunately, the hops are decidedly obnoxious and burst forth with cherry, lychee, grapefruit and orange peel notes, dominating the aroma and limiting the malt presence to a sugary chocolate-meets-caramelized raisin. The flavor, then, is not surprisingly heavy on the hops and Im amazed at how bitter and bold they are after a year in the bottle. Oranges and ruby red grapefruit dominate the opening, with a wash of toffee in the middle that is in turn enveloped by staunch bitterness and alcohol on the end. Low carbonation, and fat malts lead to a typical hop lovers mess but as usual, I dont approve. Would be more interested to try a bottle with 3 years of age on it now. Interesting, anyways, and wholesome, but too messy for me.
ROBC3366 (519) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark brown pour with some amber highlights and a small head like coffee foam. Aroma dark malt and molasses plus maybe a slight nuttiness. Rich flavor with a velvet smooth mouthfeel. Main flavor is a sticky toffee and burnt caramel taste. Lots of coffee and baking chocolate in the finish
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tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of ripe fruit, brown sugar. Booze is light, well hidden. The appearance is murky brown/red, off-white head. The flavor is sweet, cherries, boozier, booze burn, ripened fruit, brown sugar. The finish is boozy, sweet, light pine. Medium/thick in body. Excellent.
CampesinoTino (752) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml Bottle of Olde Ale, bottled on 2/27/14. Dark reddish brown pour with a solid layer of beige foam. Notes of brown sugar, butterscotch, toasted marshmallow and dark fruits in the aroma. The flavor consists of toffee, caramel malt and dates upfront along with some cherry, tobacco and currant toward the end. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy with soft carbonation and more dark sugars and leather in the finish. Overall, an enjoyable "olde" school style dessert ale.
Stuedmaster (196) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alesmith Olde Ale, bottled March 4, 2014.
Pours chestnut brown with a garnet hue when held in the light. Little head retention, which is expected for this style and such a high abv. Aroma of raisins, currants, port (vinous), apricots, nuts, sweet malt, and lots of booze. The flavor comes on in many layers, it starts off bright and fruity with a candy sweetness, then the alcohol burn kicks in, followed by hop bitterness at the end. In theory this should be a well balanced beer, but it seems that the flavors come on in waves and are not harmonious. I do like this beer overall, as I love big beers, so kudos to them for even making it and offering it up to us beer geeks!
Bule (690) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a brown color without much head. Strong burnt toffee and some noticeable alcohol.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle of the 2010 version. Nice dark brown pour with some amber highlights and a small head like coffee foam. Aroma dark malt and molasses plus maybe a slight nuttiness. Rich flavor with a velvet smooth mouthfeel. Main flavor is a sticky toffee and burnt caramel taste. Lots of coffee and baking chocolate in the finish. A lingering warming from the alcohol.
umich03jm (1771) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Old Ale bottle. Pours dark brown with a big frothy head that fades very slowly and leaves great webbing on the glass. Great aroma of overripe cherries, dates, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is very sweet but not cloying. Rich dark fruits, caramel, nuts, and a very light touch of smoke. Figs and cherries linger long after the finish. No hops at all, no bitterness. Very nice Old Ale.
baraciisch (1676) - USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant amber in color... Aroma of stone fruits, Caramel malts... Flavor is peated malts, smoke, spices, malts... Really rich, pleasant... Amazing.
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is oxidized caramel, wine wood, fruits, more caramel. Flavour is thick molasses caramel, liqourice, oak etc etc. Great but too sweet to really enjoy for my taste.
Iphonephan (3028) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at he brewery. Pours a cloudy brown with a beige head. Nutty malt nose. Flavors of caramel with dark fruit notes. Medium heavy body. Slight bitter and roasty finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2013 Total Score: 3.8
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch. Very boozy finish. Tasty.