Ratman197 (7614) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clouidy milk chocolate brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of port, oak, toffee, carmeldark fruit and a hint of oxidation. Palate was medium bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of port, oak, toffee, plums and a hint of spice with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.
Ernest (5610) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, Falling Rock. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of plum, cherry, wood, dried mango, alcohol, hint of sherry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. I havenít historically been a fan of the Old No. 23, so I didnít have high hopes, but this was pretty darned good. Looks like it picked up some wild yeast in the barrel too...itís light but adds an extra dimension. Guess itís about time to re-rate the regular 23.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage release, draught at Falling Rock. Pours clear mahagony with an average frothy, rocky light brown head, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with heavy port notes, some prune and raisin as well. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; the port is a nice addition to this already tasty Barleywine. Some oak and vanilla notes come through at the end.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Bristol Brewing Company in CO Springs, CO. Rich and creamy textured body with port taste dominating the sweet malt characteristics. Dark brown color.