douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Santa. Pours out a murky brown color with a nice bright medium orange head. The aroma is boozy, some rich fruits and lots of sweet caramel and sugary notes. The flavor is very nice; scotch, caramel, light fruit, some bourbon perhaps, lots of malts, leaves your palate creamy and tangy,light hops. Very nice and quite different. A bit boozy, but that’s fine with me.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, deep brown color, slight wispy head, aroma is fruity with a caramel, sugar and fruit cocktail flavor, finish is bitter
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazed orange amber with not much head, perhaps some surface haze islands. The aroma is vanilla peach and plum malt. The flavor is very fruit focused, mainly plum wine, sweet, vanilla, rum, and some yeast to keep if from being cloying. The palate is pretty rich and filling. Overall, not bad as a border line English Barley Wine, but really sort of misses the point on Old Ale for me. Pretty intoxicating none the less.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin off white head.Aroma of sweet caramel malts ,honey,and some woody tones.Flavor is awesome,malty caramel,sticky honey,rasins,dates spruce, and burbon. Smooth creamy mouthfeel,a little sticky in a good way. Loads of lacing all the way down the glass,a nice warming effect. Very good
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice old ale. Heavy alcohol aroma and taste. Sweet malts overcome the hops easily. Pours a dark amber with a moderately firm head.
Funknmilla (676) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...holy scotch aroma!...along with deep rich malts...deep and sweet they seep...dark copper with brown tones...happy beige foam taking a nap on top of the glass...nestling into the liquid mattress until its presence is hidden....thick creamy body...heavy and sweet...the scotch and malt deeply imbedded...sweet and dry & sticky on the lips...I ponder this upon my sips...peaty and sweety with a little citrus on the finish (grapefruit)
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy cider brown with a white head. Fruity, yeasty nose. Banana, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors. Very smooth, full bodied, slightly dry.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Hazy orange body with small floaties. Slight whitish carbonation builds but disappears instantly. A very syrupy aroma, raisins, rum, syrup, vanilla. Taste is maple syrup with a light alcohol, brown sugar and a touch of hops.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper, no head - nice aroma, with a bit of rum or whiskey, and touches of vanill and chocolate. Flavor is smooth and rich, with a bourbon and brown sugar, maybe some molasses, too. Very tasty stuff.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks TearsForBeers! Pours murky mahogany, a beige head with traces of lace. Vanilla bourbon aroma. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Oaky bourbon up front in the taste, followed by nuts and a dash of fruit. Dry and softly spicy finish. The complexities of the malt get crushed by the oak and bourbon. This beer probably should have spent about half as much time in the barrels as it did, so its influence on the taste ends up being somewhat more subtle than a hand grenade.