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.
Cybercat (4983) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy, barely translucent copper with a thin buff head. Aroma features bourbon, woody, toasted malt, and subtle caramel notes. Flavor offers malty, pomme fruit, bourbon and woody tones. Mouthfeel delivers firm body and good fizz. No fish tale this!
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.
Homer321 (4020) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by mcbackus!!!! Nose is slightly oxidized in a sherry way. Pours an amber brown, completely flat. Taste is a chewy raisin and sugary sweet. Very good for bring 8 years old or however.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roughly 2006 vintage, give or take. Fairly clear, amber color, minimal head. Big caramel, malty, boozy, sweet, more caramel. Very sweet, boozy, sweet, caramel, toasty melanoidans, maple syrup flavor.
50belair (3301) - 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 (5520) - 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 (3191) - 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 (9249) - 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 (12113) - 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.