zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste 3/9 Bottle. Looks: Brown murk with a trace of bubbles around the rim. Aroma: Bourbon and sweet malts, some alcohol and mild raisin. Taste: Rich and sweet followed by bourbon and spice with a bit of hops an the finish.
flyerdog (7) - Ardmore Park, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this to be very complex...when cold it hits you with a light hoppy taste followed by a deep smoky body..the finish is dry and whole. As it warms the smokiness gets lighter and the hops are much more pronounced throughout..pretty amazing actually! Good stuff
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful reddish brown with little lacing. Sweet and malty but still some complex, woody flavors. Enjoyable to sip, getting richer as it warms.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ap: A cloudy dark orange with some floaties. Aro: Faint whiffs of caramel, dried fruit and chocolate. Taste: Chocolate, GUMMIBEARS and bitter hops. Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. Overall: Non offensive yet non impressive.
jkwalking05 (3827) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper and cloudy with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of toffee, fruit and a little alcohol. Taste is of caramel, malt and toffee.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to dmac for this 12oz bottle. Aromas of molasses, vanilla with some flavors of malt, alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. Very good on a cold rainy wintery day in San Diego. Paired this with my homemade clam chowder.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out hazy red orange amber with disappearing white head - looks just great. Smells fruity, sweet malty, light hops, probably some Munich malt, and maybe some German hops. The flavor is very sweet, there’s something sour here, bitterness, prunes, coffee, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy. Overall, a good brew, but apparently old ales aren’t my favorite style.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale, cloudy brown color with practically no head. I know this is the way the beer is supposed to look, but I’m taking points off anyway. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses and dried fruit. The vanillin from the oak really comes through on the flavor with tons of toffee and molasses. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, but not cloying. A fantastic beer.
Naka (707) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Courtesy of Juart. Pours a dark hazy murky brown with no head to speak of. A little rimming. Aroma is a rich sweet toffee with a decent oaky bourbon nose. A little chocolate covered fruit too. Sweet flavor. Almost an almond joy. Definite presence of the oak and bourbon with some vanilla and caramel. A nice fruity balance with all of the deep flavors. Body is rich and leaves a good aged scotch flavor.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper maché. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I don’t have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.