Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Vintage 2005 bottle. Pours an hazy ruby dark brown color with a small offwhite fizzy head that reduces to small ring. Nose is rich of caramel, candy sugar, dark fruits, alcohol, and mixes of spices. Initial taste is whooo....super sweet caramel, toffee and rich candy sugariness. Syrupy texture pours off the mouth. Mid palate is a sweet spice, dark fruits and liquorish. Finishing mildly hopped and dry chalky warming finish. Medium body, average palate duration. Leaves supersticky mouth and lips. Tastes like an aged barley wine. Definitely interesting brew.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well this rating is not in the slightest indicative of the potential this beer offers. Sadly it was too young and harsh to be given its full due. A bowl-me-over candy-cane sweet aroma hit me as soon as the cap came off. Very barley-wine like with lots of alcohol and warmth and evident complexity of sweet and bitter and bread and citrus. But it was just too much alcohol in the taste and in the finish for me at this point.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Duane shared this 2004 bottle. Dark brown pour with lots of big floaties and a small tan head. Caramel and spice in the aroma. Lots of flavor to this one. Chocolate, spices, caramel, didn’t taste much hops at all, but that could be because this is a 2 year old bottle. Awesome creamy mouthfeel can probably also be partially attributed to that. Good stuff!
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle courtesy of Bryan. Pours a pretty chestnut brown, opaque, with a sopay beige head. Nose is heavy in brown sugar and fresh dates. Asian spices in the vein of orange peel come to mind. Really sweet flavor. Malty figs, dates, and brown sugar. A little burnt. Not overly heavy on the malt though. A little orange peel shines. Though it’s extremely sweet it all works and the flavor is nice. The subtle spices do play a role and offset that huge sweet body. Like it.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2009 bottle. Dark rich looking beer did not fill up my pint glass for some odd reason. I got very rich dark fruits. Very drinkable was suprised to see 11% when I went to rate this one.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004. Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a thin, brown head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma has more going on than could possibly be listed. But spice, brown sugar, creme, and caramel dominate. I am a big fan of Fritz Maytag and the spiced Our Special Ale, but this blows every vintage of that away. The fat sweetness of the malt foundation is perfect for all of the spicing, alcohol, and hops within. Superb.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottle. Pours like thin old honey. all carbonation has been visably lost, leaving only a viscous chestnut brown liquide stitting errily still in my glass. Huge carmel, malt, and herbal hops in the nose along with something else but it drowned out by the big barlywine like nose. Much is the same in the mouth. Big thick mouthfeel, dates, prunes, ,brown sugar, a little alcohol, and raisons. Finishes with honey, a lingering green bitterness, and a decent puff of alcohol.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark hazy brown. Lots of sediment. No head at all, and very little bubbles. Nose is somewhat suble compared to the tase, but there is some caramel, cinnamon, and yeast present. Flavor is very wonderful. A cornecopia of flavors. Lots of biscuity malt and earthy yeast provide the backbone. Anise, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove, pine, and molasses are just some of the flavor motifs. Meduim thick bodied with a nice coating feeling as it goes down the throat. Alcohol is well masked, but does leave a warm feeling in the belly. A perfect winter brew. Drink it at room temp.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma with a dark, dirty pour, huge alcohol taste and a complex, changing mouthfeel.
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Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer of RAF 2003. Reminds me of 3rd Coast Old Ale. A big beer with the characteristic bells malt. Hoppier than 3rdCOA and hints of spice and peppar. Pretty Smooth.