Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark mahogany hue, nearly opaque, slim layer of creamy foam above.
Nose: big, fat sweetness, huge fruit, bright cherries, melon, lavender, lightly funky, and sour, but not in a good way, a bit off...
Taste: sweet fruit again, strawberries, and... cardboard? Really flat in the flavor, here, flat as in low carbonation, but really flat as in limpid and lacking energy, not what you look for in an old ale! A dud on the palate, just flaccid and forlorn. Big malt, small hops, with dull, drab flavor. Lacking snap, pizzazz, panache, just to start off the list. Iíd take this bottle and point it towards Bigfoot or Old Ruffian, or Bellís Third Coast Old Ale for some guidance, but this ainít cutting it!
Bleh, ...Iím trying to finish the bottle, but not enjoying it in the least.
Alcohol is warming, but doesnít stick out...finish is a drag, body is fullish, and disappointing...Sorry to go on and on about this, but I canít help but register my dismay. My salesrep says theyíre every bit as good as Bellís, but thatís wishful thinking o his part, and pure fantasy.
I remember an early repro of the art for this label had a spear coming horizontally along the vicinity of "Big Dickís" crotch. Itís been removed. Due to false advertising, not bad taste. This one canít get it up.
Wet cherry-stained cardboard. There it is, in four words. Sorry, I hate to hate, but I gotta call it as I see it.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head of off-white bubbles. Light carbonation. Sharp strange aroma. Some rootbeer, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla bean and a bit of caramel malts. Color is a slightly cloudy dark mahagony brown. Again sharp flavor. Little bit of bitterness and lots of roasted malts. Soft palate. Flavor kind of one dimensional. Little bit chalky. Nice alcohol warming. You really donít taste it but you do feel it! Finishes a little sweet with a lingering vanilla bean. A decent brew. Thanks etowneraser.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On atp at the Map Room. I found this one rather interesting with estery dark fruits and some earthy notes. As it warms these flavors get a bit more pronounced along with some moderate hop notes.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. Gently fruity, sweet, malty aroma, lightly earthy and spicy with a certain toasty character and hints of toffee, plum, cherry and pine. Deep mahogany color, lightly hazy, with a quickly subsiding head. Flavor is sweet and lightly tangy, with suggestions of raisin, faint cocoa and black bread, combined with a lightly citric, peppery and gently bitter finish. Smooth, thin, somewhat sticky and warming on the palate with a medium-full body. Enjoyable, if a tad uninspiring.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date, an idealized image and the shield of the crusader king Richard the Lion Heart.
Poured a dark cola brown with a small foamy, bubbly topped head that slowly settled into a thin bubbly lacing.
Aromas of roasted caramel and cocoa-like chocolate, an apple and green grape fruitiness, a subtle citrus, and a nutty herbal.
Moderate, proper carbonation and a softly malty crisp, creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel.
For an attempt at a English Olde Ale, kind of bland tasting, no really strong flavors, lightly roasted caramel mingled with a powdery cocoa, a toffee butteriness, a bit herbal, a light English fruitiness, a soft, buried citrus hoppiness, the alcohol flavor is mild, but does provides a slow warmth in the palate, and a sweet, mildly spicy dry, yeasty, malty finish.
This has an easy drinkability, maybe too easy for an Olde Ale, Arcadia has done well with English-style ales before, so I was expecting more from this, it ended up being disappointing, much like Richard the Lion Heart.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bomber purchased at Lukas Liquor in KC. A dark rusty body is topper with a light khaki and large bubbled head. The aorma has milk chocolate and cake donuts. There is also toffee and new leather. The taste has some rich dark cherries with dark chocolate. There is a little bit of rich oxidized type flavor in the finish, but I may be imagining that. A decent old ale.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 22 ounce bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006), sampled below cellar temperature on the day after Christmas from a Corsendonk glass. Muddy, murky shit-brown with a smallish bit of foamy off-white ring, no lacing.....pretty nice rum-soaked plummy aroma, caramelized and lightly burnt, nice notes of vanilla and various dried fruits.....sweet, brown sugared nuts (almonds and pecans) initially on the tongue, turning fairly oily and rather bitter midpalate, with sour cherry and a bit of leather soaked in milk to finish.....rather watery, moderate carbonation, cardboardy. Better than the barley wine in the same series, but still not all that great.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another of these in their Big Beer Series that sucked. Yeah, I mean this did
have some fruit notes like porty stuff like an Old Ale should but there just is nothing going on here.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Hop Devil. Color is burnt brown with some mahogany filtering the light through. Old Ale is one of my favorite styles and this is a good one. Taste starts with some cherry and toast and once it warms you get some oatmeal, browned Cheerois and Sucrets. Dry and subtle the alcohol warms the soul as it raises in temp.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep red body with no head. aroma of buttery popcorn, caramel, raison, and alcohol..flavor was of caramel, butter, toffee, nougat, and light in chocolate...seemed similar to a bourbon barrel scotch ale