humlelala (804) - DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(25 cl bottle #1926; Batch 86; BBD: 2020) Pours a clear dark brown with minuscle, off-white head. Aroma is dominated by the barrel ageing with prominent notes of what seems like bourbon barrel but might as well be calvados. Watery on the palate, flat with a full body and a warming finish. Flavour has notes like the aroma with wood and raisin sweetness being the dominant notes here. For a 14% beer the alcohol is nicely subdued - perhaps because of the aging? Altogethre pleasant but maybe too reliant on the calvados for its profile.
jerohen (1930) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at home, approximately 2 years old. Clear amber/mahogany colored, no head nor carbonation whatsoever. Fruity and alcoholic nose, predominantly apple but also raisin, lots of malts, wood, vanilla, obviously aged, very complex. Sweet malty and very complex flavor, vanilla, fruity notes more to the background, age even more apparent than in aroma (pred. wood), quite alcoholic, very longlasting and developing bittersweet finish. This tastes like an aged British barley wine, with an additional touch of cognac. This bottle has been gathering dust for two years, and now that i’ve finally decided to taste it it’s retired. Too bad, this is a world class brew.
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours amber red to brown. The aroma is sweet apple fruity with some soft woodsy notes. Sweetish malt and soft hops. Undertones of vanilla, caramel, sugar and dried fruits. The flavour holds apples, dried fruits, vanilla-driven/woodsy oak, sugar, sweet caramel malt and a balanced and bitter hop profile. Warming alcohol with a light fiery sting. The mouthfeel is surprisingly slim and bit sticky. Dried fruits and caramel on the finish. Medium bodied.
MotherBrother (619) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour deep, muddy, hazy dark amber/mahogany, with no head at all.
Big aroma of alcoholic prunes or dates. Vanilla, leather, dirt? cookie dough? And of course the barrel, givin’ some heat and some edge.
The taste is really sweet, but have some sharp bitterness comming through at the end.
Medium and oily body, with a very, very flat carb. Really vinous, and less beer(ish).
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Old Man’s Ale
Date: July 30, 2010
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, scant head, viscous
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, bourbon and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, candy sweetness, touch of bourbon, lots of vanilla
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured amber with an off white head. aroma and flavor were brown sugar, caramel, and raisin. body was light and had a slick feeling to it.
Countbeer (3647) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Batch #86 Bottle No. 2129:
Small to medium off white to light yellow ish head that disappears quick.
Dark murky amber colored beer.
Smell strong and good malts, liquor like whiskey, light liquorice. Like a good barrel aged barley wine. Good smell.
Taste vanilla, grains, light liquorice, malts, caramel, whiskey ish, spices, oak, wood, some sweets as in a whiskey like vanilla but more bitter. Good full bodied.
Strong malty light alcoholic and bitter spicy herby (grass and leaves) aftertaste.
Low to medium carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 86. Bottle #1221. Best Before 2020.
Appearance: Pours a medium brown body, obscured by cloudiness and layered with a thin head comprised of rather large bubbles.
Smell: A nose smelling of cherries (sweet), orange blossom honey, dark caramel, a light earthiness, a trace of rustic bread dunked in brandy, and tired, old wooden barrels ready to be halved and converted into tomato planters.
Taste: A sweet start with a taste of caramel maltiness, also some bready malts along with a bready yeastiness. Hint of florals, fruitiness. I’ve been informed it was aged in apple brand barrels, but I’m getting more of an off-brand Grand Marnier kick. A generous splash of Gammel Dansk. Earthy, tattered bitterness. Firm wood character. Has a chalky, slurry yeast vibe on the sweetish, warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very low carbonation. A tad chalky when the sear from the alcoholic heat isn’t occurring.
Overall: It’s different, it’s almost decent, but definitely not a favorite of mine.
Meilby (5519) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 250ml (Batch #86 Bottle #155) @ home
Pours dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and wood. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a smooth alcohol finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
Barrelbelly (568) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apple/cognac aroma. No carbonation. Taste of prunes, calvados, raisins
Cognac. Strong alcohol aftertaste.