superspak (4669) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Belmont Party Supply / Dayton OH --- Aroma of malt. Opaque brown / black color, beige head that drops to a cover, waves of lace. Taste is full-bodied lightly roasted malt that grows into medium fizz and noticeable unbiased hops and alcohol warmth. Strong, a little overwhelming, which fits the power, but not the lack of complexity here. I’m having this with dinner, but it would probably be better as a stand-alone.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Of course this shit fucking gushed when I opened it. A chocolate, raisin aroma, kind of like a dubbel. Aroma is insanely sweet and then dirty. Kind of a nutty, brown sugar taste. Pretty weird. Im trying really hard to choke this down.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazy caramel brown with a creamy and rather large beige slowly dissipating crown – it took a few minutes to pour the whole bottle. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, cereal grains and mild alcohol. Taste of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, raisons and alcohol. Mostly malted but enough of a hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. Creamy and a shade over carbonated but not too bad.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
draft... nice looking beer, good dark mahogany color... the aroma is pretty plain but some nice taste, solid
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour reveals a clear amber color with a ring of white lace. Aroma and flavor of hops, fruits and alcohol. The palate is light and liquorous and the carbonation is moderate. It’s not bad but somehow it failed to captivate me.
Huhzubendah (3478) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shares by Adam. Thanks man.
Hazy yellow body with soft white head. Aromas include lemons, hops, crackers. Bitter hops with lemony, tart citrus and a tangy finish. Pretty good.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy brown/amber/orange with opalescense. Light bready fruit with cherries, bourbon and lime in the aroma. Flavor is a warm alchol, yet still some thickness and not too much depth. Fruit, with a touch of chocolate, maybe some pears. Almost aged like. But overall, restrained alcohol and malt. Not much complex characterisitics. Straightforward and drinkable. Finish is sweet, with a light hoppy dryness.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep translucent red-brown body, medium tight cream head. Nose of grape, brown sugar, and toast, sweet and somewhat bitter. Leathery, boozy body with grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, and hints of butterscotch. Strong but boring.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark amber body with small white head. Caramel, toffee and vinous aroma. Flavor is golden raisins, toffee and herbal. Medium/full body with a soft and smooth texture.