gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours a murky brown/orange with no head. Nose is of rotting flowers and off-alcohols. Kind of unpleasant. Flavor is of a mellow sweet malt that still has some of the nose. Palate is smooth and thick.
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. My 35th style! half way there. Almost clear dark amber. Dab of grey head remains. Dusty prune-sweet nose with some medicinal orange. Bananas in rum, cherries and butterscotch. Medium body with enough carb to hold down the sweeter side. Lingering finish yields candy complexities.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 This is one ale not lacking for aroma and flavor. Aromas of ripe fruits, including plum and strawberry, sweet malts and alcohol. Bourbon, caramel, cotton candy and plum dominate the flavor. Wood from the barrel is also folded into the flavors. A slightly bitter taste ó grapefruit ó sneaks in toward the end. The body is thin and nicely carbonated. Acidic and dry finish. Dark brown/copper translucent pour with thin head.
Update: 2-11-10. Amber body. Short, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of bourbon, wood, ripe dark fruits, plum, strawberries. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Very sweet start turns boozy with lots of whiskey notes. Peppery bitterness from alcohol and hops linger in the finish. Overly sweet. Lots of alcohol. Not as god as I remember it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pailheadenstein. Murky brown colored, no real head formation and no lacing left. Aroma is kind of pleasant to me. Full malty, bits of molasses and fruit. Full bodied with a very low carbonation level. Very sweet tasting, tons of residual sugars are left in this one. Alcohol is pretty up front, I didnít pick up much bourbon notes in aroma or flavor with this, not that that is bad. Decent, alcohol is a bit overbearing, could use a touch more carbonation but decent.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle from Julios consumed on 6/26/06.
Rich plum red color with strong copper-auburn overtones, minimally hazy, but with a fair amount of sediment already having settled at the bottom. Tiny bubbles rise throughout and bolster an off-white-to-buttercream colored head that is neat and mostly well-retained.
The nose is full and alive with coconut, light tannins and almost a citrus or pineapple note (also from the wood). The beer behind it is a bit tame and difficult to discern. I gave it quite a while to breath and have served it only lightly chilled to begin, but yet I canít get passed the pineapple/coconut of the barrel. Not that it smells bad, Iím just expecting plenty of malt as spoken about in the commercial description.
Diving in to the flavor, Iím yet again lost in a sea of bourbon, alcohol (very sharp) and coconut/pineapple. The mouthfeel is silky, rich and extremely soothing, with light, appropriate carbonation and soft bubbles, but whereís all of this old ale? Some lightly chewy prunes and raisins emerge on the finish, but the beer is dominated by bourbon/wood-tannin notes. Hmm, maybe just needs more patience. So letting it sit out a while longer, quite fully warmed, I now get a touch more smooth, semi-sweet toffee and plump raisins up front, but itís chased away by the bourbon on end. So Iím near the end of the glass and not much has changed. Sweet toffee, some light caramel and dark fruits, mostly bourbon and tannin. Like a bourbon scotch ale, or a bourbon porter or bourbon barleywine. Donít know whatís "Old Ale" about this, certainly not an English Old Ale or anything remotely close. Alcohol could be better hidden, malt depth is rather lacking, etc, etc, etc. Mouthfeel stands out as a strong point and there is fair lacing is left in webs on the glass.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. No date. The editorís note makes it sound like it was only bottled once. Ugly, multi-brown and a small, frothy, tan cap. Aroma of rich, roasty malt, wood, vanilla, bourbon, subtle yet pungent dark fruits. Flavor adds a peat like earthiness and a touch of smoke. Peaty finish. Old Scotch Ale. Big malty brew. Palate is a bit watery up front, but fills up quickly. Smooth. Great brew.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours a dark, amber/brown with virtually no head. The aroma is sweet oak and bourbon, some caramel and pine, but the bourbon is definatley the star of this show. The flavor is again bourbon, but it isnít too strong and lets the rest of the cast some out to play. Sticky sweet toffee and resinous pine, with touches of vanilla and raisins. The mouthfeel is very soft, accentuated by the very low level of carbonation. The finish is fairly dry with moderate bitterness and slightly warm. If you like bourbon barreling, you will certainly love this beer. For me, it is a bit too much, but nice inspite of it.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Aroma is pineapple (heavily) accented liquor that I assume is bourbon, but could pass for rum in a crowded bar. The aroma is quite unusual though and curiously it is more easily discerned sniffing from the bottle than from my snifter. In the bottle the aroma is heavily bourbon with some pineapple understones. In the glass the two mesh equally and a bit of floral hops lays beneath. The body is opaque and brown/amber in color. It had a head the size of a quarter, but only very briefly. The fore is a blast of smooth sweet malts and bourbon...lots of bourbon. Oak, vanilla (combining to coconut) and the faintest traces of sweet tropical fruits follow. I want to know where these bourbon barrels came from. Tastes a lot like a a bourbon with melted ice, but the thick palate and smooth malt undertones keep it from getting too far down the road away from the realm of beer. Itís a heady drink and I swear I get a lingering pineapple/ malibu rum flavor in the far aftertase. A sipper for sure.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 2006 Bottle: Deep cherry pour with a thin tan head. The aroma is pretty raw - oak, vanilla and alcohol with underlying notes of sour cherry, cinnamon and plums. Softly carbed, this has a velvetty mouthfeel that is a perfect vehicle the malty body. Rich notes of sugary caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch are in abundance. Subtle whiskey finish is quite appropriate.
Re-rate 08/29/07: This still displays lots of the notes listed above, but has developed a creamy mouthfeel and the flavors have really meshed. This is really great.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very clear dark amber color with a minimal head. Aroma of fruit and bourbon with some coconut and vanilla notes. Kind of smelled like a pina colada at first. Light tartness in the aroma. The flavor led to more coconut, bourbon and malt. Light alcohol with a nice warming sensation. It was more like drinking a coctail than a beer but it wasnít bad because of that. Medium to full bodied.