mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Big time malt, sweet, bread, honey and some smoke in the aroma. Very sweet body with alot of caramel and dark fruit like raisin and plums. There was also some oak and bourbon in there. Great beer.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.
theisti (3474) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of tjthreh. Pour is cloudy orange amber, with a thin off white head, nice lacing after a quick swirl of the glass. Noticeable floaties in the glass. Aroma of dusty resin maltiness, a bit of alcohol heat. Some floral honey sweetness. Taste is resin, nutty, maltiness - a sharp twinge of alcohol to the finish. Palate is dry, medium, mouth coating, alcohol present. There really is none of the sweetness from the nose in the flavor, in fact this beer did not really taste like it smelled at all. Decent enough beer, but not too complex and a bit harsh for my liking.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet.
douglas88 (7232) - 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 (6234) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, 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