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Maltes: Crisp Pale Ale, Crisp Crystal, Crisp Chocolate. Hops: Mt. Hood, Centennial, Crystal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours nicely with an off-white head. The color of the beer reminds me of the crappy coffe my ex-wife use to make. Iím sure youíve had that weak ass cup of coffee that you can just about see to the bottom when poured. Anyway, the aroma is sweet with coffee/toffee in the nose. The beer tastes just like it smells. Not overly complex. Rather boring. There is some hops there, but not enough to counter the sweetness. Overall a little dissapointing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Got a sip from OG. Some malt and fruit in the aroma, but a strong flavor that I canít quite describe but Iím not crazy about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (797) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 On tap at muddy pig. Pours deep amber with very little head. Lots of malt and some fruit (leaning on the cherry side) in the aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2006
22 oz bottle - dark amber color with little carbonation. english-style, with a dominant british yeast. lots of fruit and malt, only some cocoa-like earthiness for hops hidden behind the malt and yeast. i donít notice any significant alcohol heat others are mentioning but there is a little warmth to its body - i wish it were a little fuller. donít quite know what it exactly is about it but it just FEELS very english throughout, possibly the water? nothing wrong at all with this, just nothing great. iíd be happy if i were the brewer and this was how my old ale turned out! still, itís a style i like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Dark red color with a quickly fading, thin head. Aroma is of strong, sweet malt with maybe some caramel. Definitely smells boozy. Wow... definitely tastes like it smells. A ton of malt, though surprisingly not as sticky sweet as I figured. Flaming alcohol. Damn, not hidden at all. Definitely a winter warmer kind of brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 On tap at the Happy Gnome. Nearly opaque mahogany shaded brew with no head, no thanks to the barmaid. Aroma of dry cherry and second hand scotch; quite alcoholic with some vanilla. Toasted, oaky flavor immediately apparent, with caramel and smoke. Too hot in general, but redeems itself slowly.

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