rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Ale flavored of orange, caramel, brandy, rosemary and woody. Citrus fruits, molasses, spices, oak, vanilla and touch of maple syrup blend in a full body and a fat and syrupy texture. Soft finish on herbs, dried fruits, almond and tannic note.
jlruthven (608) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.
teorn88 (6459) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark-ruby color with a big off-white head. Creamy and long lasting foam. Aroma is huge: lots of malty sweetness with caramel and toasted notes. Hints of spicies too. Taste is similar: very sweet with huge caramel notes and spicies. Some alcholic flavor too. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overtall, great. Very sweet, but still complex, warming and really enjoyable.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a rusty orange hue, with very little cream colored head. It has a sweet boozy malt smell. Tastes of sweet boozed malt with a twinge of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers on the palate with strong malt after taste. Very nice Old Ale hinging on a Barleywine.
tgncc (3095) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fruit,brandy. The appearance is a clear deep amber color, white head. Thin looking for this style. The flavor is sweet, fruit, apricot, alcohol. The finish is a booze warming. Medium/thick in body. Good Old Ale, by far not the best Old Ale.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good beer and I like it more aged. The taste has a strong malt character and a gummy sourness at the end. Let it sit.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle-copper-orange pour-beige head-aroma and taste of caramel, woody, liquor-sweet bitter tongue tingling finish
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
09 vintage, slightly hazy crimson hued pour. aroma of sweet caramel, butter, scotch, butterscotch, oak, bourbonyness. the taste is sweet, hot and spicy, the barrel shows up more, very warm, thick and sweet. nice smooth body for the abv, just a touch of proper warming heat, a nice butterscotch sundae aftertaste.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 -Bottled. Orange Brown with almost no head and I poured fairly violently. Aroma is much stronger now forcing its way out of the bottle with booze spice, rum caramel candies, and brown sugar. Flavor follows suit with still more brown sugar... this beer is as good as I remember with bigger aroma from bottle. -Draught at Rattle n Hum. Brown with light haze, nice white head that stays the whole time. Aroma is not very strong, some spice and big booze. Taste is Christmas-y spice and brown sugar going big boozy bitter in finish. Sweet boozy upfront.
JorisPPattyn (9471) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring viscous to nearly headless clear berry-red beer. Quite sweet, molasses-like nose, but with a convincing USA-hops aroma behind, as well as clear alcohol, presenting a nice madeirisation. Bittersweet with a good blance, the dry bitterness just winning out. Still, the sweet maltbacking remains throughout. Flowery, woody, and brandy notes. Especially the balance being good, I find something like Amaretto, too, and herbal notes. Slick, viscous, but dry enough. Full bodied, of course. Excellent Barley wine-like. American in character, but nowhere "over the top", as the expression seems to be.