imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hardly what i was expecting. If aged it wouldnít really benefit. There was very little substance to it.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Hazy, dull cherrywood pour with copper hues. Quickly diminishing white head. Old ale? Hardly. Aroma is light malts, really light all around. Hints at floral hops, cherries and whiskey. Hard to assess, I wonder if something is being deliberately hidden. Flavor is more fruit juice and wimpy malts. Light on the palate, would be very easy to drink if it actually tasted good. This doesnít smell, look or taste like a well made old ale, or one at all. Lively carbonation in the mouthfeel is almost too much and really seals this oneís fate as a failure. Nothing offensive, nothing interesting. Drab.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy fantomas23. Dark copper in color with a thin white head. The aroma took some time to find. Very mild citrusy hop aroma (lemon/orange) was present. Medium-bodied, a little undercarbonated. Taste had malt in front, a bit of smoke, dark fruit, but way in the background. OK, but the aromas and flavors were a bit muted.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy fantomas23. Thanks Adam. Pours a hazy dark amber with a light bubbly head. The nose was kind of tough to put a finger on. get a slight sourness, light fruits, and orange. Its an old ale so it wasnt very aggressive, pretty mellow. I picked up some light hops, light malts, a little tannic fruits, and a little bitterness in the finish as well. Overall pretty decent.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 22 Oz Bottle. Faint wisp of tangy old lemon malt. A nip salty and an edge of weak oats. A touch of grassy hop leaf. Really not all that enticing. Deep ruddy pour, clean with opalescent golden fringes, with a froth of ivory. Flavor is a nice, warm cream with banana skins, lightly toasted almonds and a nip of bourbon fudge. Malty character is a little wheaty with some faint grain oils. Realitvely light bodied, with heavy drinkability, something I donít expect in the style. Cherry juice and a bite of oak fade out through a very lacking hop presence. A good platform, but I want more. More warmth, more character, more depth and a hint more hops. There is a very slight wild edge, which brings some unique turns. Overall, this leaves me wanting for a little more. Thanks Shaun!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 A rich, dark amber color, almost brown, with a thin, red-hued, tan head. Roasted caramel aroma predominates with milk, some chocolate, and licorice-like alcohol notes. It was work to extract any kind of aroma from this beer. Quite full-bodied, some warming alcohol, lots of dense sweetness to a honey-like concentration then balanced somewhat by a roasted component and a backgroung dark cherry fruit. This is a bit messy and could use some separation of the flavor components, a higher carbonation level to scrub the aroma a little more, and a higher hop bitterness for me.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Dark amber in color. Aroma is mostly caramel malt, maybe a touch of smoke, and fruit. Taste is rich sweet caramel, some toast, dry biscuit like malt, toffee, and some fruit. sweet finish.
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 (2389) - 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.