SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours amber w/ tan foamy head. Nose is alcohol, caramel, chocolate. Taste is caramel, alcohol, malt, chocolate and rasins. Has doughy and yeasty qualities.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this first when it just came out - I thought it was okay. Met up with Chris Styles this weekend, and either it has mellowed or I have, I’m really enjoying it. Brown in color, with a moderate tan head. Aroma of old branches and fall leaves. I remember it as being overly sweet, this surely isn’t. Moderate, but pleasant hop bite dry this one out. Malt give this brew a slight toffee flavor, this may well be my favorite Olde Ale, but if you would have asked two years ago,I’d have said you would have to be kidding. Slightly dry finish, excellent brew.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very well done ale. THis is an ale with attitude.. Tastes of banana, maybe caramel, and definitely alochol.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Murky brown with small head. Aroma reminds me of an old Bigfoot. Taste is similar just a bit thinned out though. Rich and sweet with caramel and toffee. Pretty good stuff.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at darkhorse... upon talking to the locals who have had this beer for years they said it was too bitter, here is my thought... beautiful dark charcoal color, nice head, sweet malts with hints of toffee and maybe a slight malt place on the palate, maybe a bit biter but very enjoyable. highly recomended.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquid spills a wickedly dark blood in the shadows. Headless to the point of only bubbles squirting from the neck. Windy and scrapy splattered lace is left on the windows.
The stick and stink of the days’ heat still slumbers here as the nightly cloaked mist of darkened fruit intangles plum and black cherry heat, fleeced and rising from the ashes of a heavy cigar recently smoked to the ring; filling an alumnium can that has the top torn off...Freshly lacquered pine tar persists from the area as the rooftops nearby are still drying after a long summers’ day work.
Bold clues to the violation insight the heat may have had something to do with it. Heavy and thick dark caramel sit on a tar stained chair. Smoke still clings to the ceiling. Pine resin tried to escape the area but never got far as it was far too heavy and bitterly soaked with dark plummy deposits. Massive amounts of residue lead to more tar and pine thats been soaked through to the surface.
The air sits thick and rich with smoke. Heat still remains from the day. Smooth currents of air breeze by, but you still need to remove your hat to let some short soothing time aid you until you finally wipe the salty, full, dark fruits from your brow as you examine more of the "why". But that doesn’t help, as the beads continue to break and the heat just won’t cool off this night. Unforgiving to the point of swimming in over your very own thoughts. Succulant pine tar dances into the mind with thick finger prints left on the palate.
The pieces finally come together when you find empty, big brown bottles along the window sill. It seems as if 3 guys were enjoying themselves with conversation and ribbing when the heat finally consumed them and sent them out looking for more of the passionate heat that drove them to empty those exact same bottles.
More clues arise as the liquid found was not as it seemed. Someone of the 3 had spilled the very treat they were enjoying and left without haste to supply the demand needed to forget the very woes of working on the rooftops that day.
Your assistant was helpful enough to provide some of the adequate evidence to proclude that the 3 guys were only off the scale from the apparent lack of thirst and supply of said liquid needed to get by... until the next day.
This kind of event will make the old seem young and young seem old. A twist of life, a fleeting moment; memory, ...will I remember... Will anybody?
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice, but short-lived light tan head. Lots of large yeast clumps sink to the bottom of the glass. Rich complex caramel malty aroma with some aged butterscotch and dark fruit complexity. Starts thick, malty, and sweet with some diacetyl and candy licorice flavor with a sticky sweet, warming finish. Could hide its alcohol a little better, but has nice complexity. Thanks to goldtwins for sharing!
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottle: Great caramel and banana bread aroma with a nice hop balance. Pours an orangish-reddish-brown with an insignificant tan head. Lots of sediment and no transparency. Nice balance of malt up front and hops in the finish. Lots of caramel, toffee, light banana bread with an excellent balanced hop finish. Would really like to know how old this bottle was. Thanks to Styles for a sample and a bottle of my own.
It’s finally been released again 3 years later and now I get to see what it’s like fresh. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some citrus. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small white head that fades quickly to a ring. Flavor has lots of caramel up front and some sugary sweetness. Banana bread is barely there. Finishes with lots of citrus hops and alcohol. Nice, but not as nice as the ’02. With 12oz bottles for the ’05 release, it will be easier and more affordable to stock up on several bottles to age, and I plan to do just that. Ratings for a fresh bottle would be 8-4-7-4-15.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Beautiful looking brown/amber with a lasting somewhat rocky head. Aromas of sweet malts caramel, toffee with hints of raisens and other dark fruits. Flavor is yeast and malt back boned with the sweeter flavors up front. Heavy mouthfeel, finishes with candy notes and alcohol.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 Re-rate from a 12oz, Sep. ’05 bottling. Brilliant mahogany color, beige head, turns to film/ring. Aroma has all kinds of dark fruit, huge mollasses/burnt toffee, faint alcohol and plenty of pine resin still hanging around. Flavor much the same, huge malt bomb, fig/raisin, chocolate, plenty of biting hop character and some faint warming alcohol character. Mouthfeel is perfect, oily liqour like body. Well done IMO. Just hitting their prime right now.