superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.
harrymel (901) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours dark brown with a couple fingers of mocha head which fall quickly to a sheet of the same. Lace is there, but falls slowly in a sheeted quality to leave spots. Clarity: nada. With a bit of agitation a finger of foam arises and is persistent, and this time, the legs of foam stick.
S: Smells of coffee, oats, bits of licorice, some prunes. This beer has depth, and I dig it. Really dig it.
T: See smell, add some sugars, molasses, a hint of oxidation. This is a fine beer. Hints of tobacco and oakiness.
M: thick and viscous with some nice lively carbonation. As it warms, i suggest giving it some substantial swirls to make sure it flattens out a bit. A little hi on the carb. Long deep finish.
O: I really dig this beer. It’s alive. Appropriate now, and I expect will age well.
Serving type: bottle
AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the source, brought back by STEVE! (Thanks!!! My first official HoD rate ...) Pours a brownish read with a foamy tan head. Aroma has cocoa, smoke and caramel. Taste is of sweet caramel, some meat smokiness and some oak. Somewhat earthy. Medium to full bodied. Finishes mostly sweet with some body and some length. Enjoyed years ago, and now again due to Steve’s perseverance. ck1 also a 15. Had after enjoying a HoD Arthur clone, which was also tasty - thanks bro!
VastActiv (1697) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, chocolate, sweetness and malts. Fresh and way too easy to drink. Amazing.
keanex (1144) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 86, no date shown on the site but I’d guess this is at least a year old.
Appearance: The body is opaque with light showing only through the edges, the body appears a muddy color though, accompanied by a short and dense khaki colored head. The head dissipates into a hearty coating with a dense ring.
Aroma: The aroma is big on raspberry and black cherry with a light tobacco smoke to this, kind of like cherry wood with a slight meaty quality. The aroma comes off wine-like, very enticing. The strength is moderate, leaning sweet, and boy it smells nice.
Taste: The intro is mild giving off a young fruity port wine reminiscent flavor. The middle quickly becomes cherry and tobacco heavy, it reminds me of smoking my cherry tobacco from a pipe. Dry and smokey on the finish. This is very nice, slight charred aspects to it, but I feel like I can’t fully enjoy it without a pipe.
Palate: Full-bodied, almost chewy, with very mild carbonation.
Overall: A hearty old world ale indeed. I can’t help but think that I’m cheating myself out of this experience without some tobacco and my pipe. This is a nice beer, though I feel a bit too heavy on the tobacco at the end, especially for non smokers. Well done.
Frahmo (125) - Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, batch 87. Dark mahogany, almost purple. Yeasty aroma, dark stone fruit flavor throughout. No noticeable aftertaste, a bit dry. Very well done!!
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 87 bottle to snifter. Mahogany brown pour with a light brown cola colored head that becomes a splotchy image on top of the brew. Sweet aroma of dates, Fig Newton cookies, and golden brown sugar. Taste is a blend of maple, smoke, coffee, and alcohol. Very complex, warming, and nice. Medium palate that leaves hop bitterness and medium-dark roast flavors in the back of the mouth.
Staffan47 (699) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vertikalprovning 2009 (batch 77) och 2013 (batch 89). Betyg gäller 2009.
2009: i princip helt flat. Doften är vinös med inslag af fudgekola, diesel, choklad, blött läder, tobak och Bass no 1 Kings Ale 1902.
Smaken är oljig tung och saltig med ett tort avslut.
2013: Kolsyra som fan. Doftar maltigt, humle och aceton, grönt äpple och svart-ipa. Smakar tungt och strävt. Jobbig beska som inte känns humlerelaterad. Dock finns en härlig sötma som balanserar.
zoucrew102 (287) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at hair of the dog, portland, or. Aroma is smoke and some chocolate. Pours dark brown with a thin, light tan head with some lacing. Rich chocolate taste to start. Finishes smooth with good smoke flavor. Very good.
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devman171 (524) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours deep amber/brown with low head, aroma is rich dark fruits and roasted malt, taste is similar with a smooth smokey finish.
BrixandBrews (23) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. What an amazing beer. Nothing pops out on the aroma, not exactly a negative attribute, as there is definitely nothing unpleasant. Where the nose lacks to captivate, the palate makes it up in spades. Bold and powerful, with a finish that lasts forever. Giving off a constant muted presence of all it’s fine complexities. I will be moving through the rest of HOTD’s beers, ASAP