bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 c&c from Guerde. No doubt the 2010! Thanks a lot guy. Pours hazy dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aromas of treacle, raisin and arguably oak. Med+ body. Flavor is dark malt, big dose of treacle, and some minor dark fruity and woody astringency. Heat isn’t noticeable. It’s pretty smooth stuff, and tasty to boot. Is it to style? Sadly I just don’t get many old ales. So thanks again Guerde.
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazed copper color with a finger of off-white head. Smells fairly typical for an old ale: toffee, brown sugar, and toasted malt with some hints of dark fruit. Has a bit of a soy sauce aroma to it, though. The flavor is slightly watery, but still has that soy sauce thing going on. There’s a mild roasted quality as well as some toffee, toasted malt, and sweet sugar. Maybe just a hint of fruit.
Travlr (10342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown color, small white head, good lacing. Aroma of boozy brown bread. Taste is coffeegrounds, booze. OK.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber to brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters and light alcohol with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish color. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Ripe fruit and caramel aroma and flavor. Sweet and malty, quite a powerful flavored beer. Pretty good. Thanks to JW77.
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a burgundy brown with a foamy off-white head that produces some nice lace.
The smell is rich and carmally with an alcoholic perfume.
The taste is very earthy and toffee-like. Very sweet. Interesting.
I am buzzin hard right now
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-16-2011 05:40:21
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750mL bottle thanks to Bob! Poured medium brown with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sour bourbon, metallic notes, herbal stuff, and an odd blend of darker fruits.. deeper down was some molasses and airy yeast.. really weird, and I didn’t like it one bit. The flavor was unfortunately along the same lines.. slick molasses, sweet caramel, and buttery notes at the core, with almost dank oak, metallic notes, odd tacky fruits, and a bunch of residual sugars around.. alcohol was fairly well masked.. sour with a lot of ugliness on the long finish. Sour, slick, and disjointed on the palate.. seemed to be underattenuated and possibly infected.. yikes.
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle I’ve had since early-mid 2010 (released February 2010), and I’ve since forgotten where I got it. Thanks, friendly RB trader! Pours a clear amber with a beige ring for a head. Aroma of caramel, oak, dried fruits, brown sugar, and some earth. Flavor of caramel, toast, brown sugar, dates, and some bitter earty notes at the end. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Good old ale. Has held up well over 3+ years.
DrSilverworm (6284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, shared by phaleslu. Clear brown color. Bubbly little off-white head. Nutty aroma. Medium-plus body. Light carbonation. More dry in the texture. Good lace. Some dark fruit. Light caramel. Little cooked vegetable. Sweeter taste, light bitter. Good, long aftertaste. Just a very light bite in the finish. I think some of the original flavor may have dropped off, but it’s a solid strong ale still
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, reddish hues, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Minimal nose, slight bread and nuts.   A little dank cardboard.   I suppose some overcooked vegetables as well, brussel sprouts is it.   Bready and nutty on the tongue, very malty, moderate sweetness, with that aformentioned brussel sprouts and wet dank cardboard.   Decent but those last two items deter it a bit.   Not sure if this was barrel aged, but the oak is not that hearty.   Could use some bourbon character, vanilla, more molasses.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Bready finish, malty, semi-sweet.   Decent, but has a few little things that detract.   Thanks Bob!