RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. 2005. Aroma: Rich caramel, toasted malt, almonds, raisins. Lots of oak. Significant alcohol note. Appearance: Deep rusty brown in color and clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Big oak note upfront. Vanilla, smoke, caramel, toasted nuts, dried fruits. Alcohol is a little hot at times. Starts sweet, a touch of bitterness midway through, and then finishes fairly dry. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth in back of mouth and into throat. Overall: The name ain’t kidding. Strong oakiness throghout. A nice sipper. Alcohol could be toned down a touch.
50belair (1822) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle ’08 vintage. Clear amber pour with no head. Caramel malt aromas. Lots of caramel. Uber thin body. Watery and bland with no soul. What a disappointment.
reebtogi (3795) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle pours a pale orangey amber color with a small white head that leaves virtually no lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak with some dark fruits and sweet malts. Taste is dominated by sweet malts and dark fruits with a mild hop presence. Heavy bodied with some mild carbonation leaving the palate with a full balance of flavors. Has many qualities of an English barley wine and is quite satisfactory.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottle from brewolf...thanks Micheal! - Pours hazy rosy amber with only a tiny ring of white head. Herbal hops still there on the nose with a sweet boozy breadiness. Taste is big nutty bread malt and light bourbon/caramel sweetness. A decent amount of oakiness in the finish. Very little carbonation with lots of slickness. Still pretty soft, but full-bodied. Pretty good, even though I’m not into big beers right now.
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is a hazy reddish-brown color. The smell is a sweet and malty with a definite alcohol note. The taste us chocked full of malty goodness with a sweetness and almost a taste similar to that of barley-wine style ales.
phaleslu (5714) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks, Keir! I believe he said it was a 2009 vintage. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off-white ring for a head. The aroma was surprisingly light on this and has an overall dusty character; as it warms, some dried fruits, toasted sugar, and a little tea and booze at the end. Flavor of brown sugar, dried fruits (figs, raisins), toffee, and Frosted Flakes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Had more of a barleywine character than old ale.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@dmacs-750ml bottle-thanks to dmac for sharing–pours a light tan ring for a head and hazy dark amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum/raisin, wood. Taste is smoke/peat/wood/ashy, sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum/raisin, alcohol, acidic, some oxidation.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz 2005 bottle. Poured a murky muddy chocolate brown uner a smaller slick of tight foamy light beige head. Actually nice carbonation and appearance for a 6 year old. Aroma of toffee, caramel, slight wood, alcohol, cardboard, light chocolate. Flavor of light smoke, earth, alcohol, light chocolate and dark grains. Really nice beer that aged well.
jtclockwork (6907) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle shared by Dmac at his tasting. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose and taste of caramel, dried fruit, toffee, wood and plum raisin. Taste has a bit of smokiness and earthiness to it. Held up pretty well.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dmac for sharing this 2005 vintage. Pours out an odd, murky muddy color with a tiny lacing head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, fig and raisin. Taste is complex with caramel, dried fruits, oak, fig and a slight tell of alcohol. Overall this held up very well.
monsterc (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky brown, a huge thick creamy head that lasted the entire beer. Sweet malty hops aroma. Alcohol is very well hidden and became more pronounced as beer warmed.