cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found it much more tame than I anticipated, very good beer that just didnít captivate my attention like it should at the price it goes for. Amber brown body with a small vanishing head and little to no lacing. Raisin, bread, rich toffee, and red wine were found in the aroma. Medium bodied, sweet with a boozy finish. Flavor is a little more robust than the aroma. Plums, raisins, wheat toast and thick port wine. I found a slight hint of cocoa in the aftertaste along with a pleasant woody effect. Alright ale, but nothing exceptional.
islay (1986) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Sweet, chalky, clean, yeasty aroma features yellow raisin, brownie, carob, fudge, and Tootsie Roll scents. Pours an effervescent copper that is mostly clear despite some suspended particulate. Small to moderate amount of cream-colored head. Solid lacing. Flavors of sweet, dark fruit, cookie, biscuit, nut, and apricot. Starts malty sweet but finishes with a citrus-hoppy tang. Hoppier than I thought it would be. Medium to full body. Oily and lively in the palate. A solid if not particularly outstanding barley wine. The alcohol content and American hops make it clear that this is indeed much more a barley wine than it is an old ale.
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Medium amber, slight chill haze, little head. Aroma is strongly of malt. Flavor is rich malt, caramel and toffee mixed together. Somehow the flavor works for me where the nose doesnít. Enjoyable sipper. RERATE: Draft at Saison, many years after the initial sample. Poured medium clear amber here. Aroma was malt focused like my memory, by added a raisin note that I didnít recall. Flavor same as aroma. Bumping score up by 1 point for aroma, rest stays the same. Really good brew.
LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of sweet malt and vegetal notes. The flavor is equally gross (although slightly mellower) but still lots of sweet sticky malt and vegetation. Not my thing at all...
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pour is deep amber with a small caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, bananna, huge burbon, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is malty with warming burbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and more candy. What a treat in a bottle.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle. My 100th rating. Has a dark mahogany appearance with a thin lacing white head. Pungent nose with aged wood, bourbon and sugary fruits. Flavor is dominated by heavy doses of malt and caramel. Malt flavors manifest themselves as dark fruit, vanilla and sugarcane. Carbonation is low which lends a vintage character to the beer. Has the texture of slightly watered down maple syrup which is great because its thick, but not like drinking malt extract. Has a tiny Bourbon kick on the finish and leaves a short sugar coating on the tongue. Maybe still a bit hot at the moment, but canít wait to see what it tastes like after a year or so.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark ruby red with a small amount of head. On the nose I get banana, orange peel, other subtle fruit nuances in there and of course a hint of malt. Medium bodied. On the palate I get banana, more orange peel, candied fruits. Leaves a nice aftertaste on the mouth as well. Nice sweetness, but not too sweet. This may not be what I am used to in an old ale, but still a nice beer that should not be graded too harshly for being a bit off style.
tennisjoel (1297) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange red brown pour with a thin head. Particalia throughout the body. Unfiltered. Strong molasses, maple, apple, and oak in the aroma. Complex flavors throughout. Slightly strong on the oak, but quaffable nonetheless.
seadad (12) - , Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
poured a nice amber brown with decent head. good aroma, malt and alcohol with undertones of tropical fruit. i thought that was unusual and intriguing. after my first sip, i figured out which fruit. the flavor is heavily sweet with coconut. the coconut was so overpowering that i poured it down the drain after i barely got down the third sip. i am not a fan of coconut in my beer! reminded me more of barleywine than it did of an ale. i wonít be getting this again.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color pour with a small foamy head that lasts a while. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, brown sugar, and some acidic notes. Flavor is rich, sweet and malty. Big on fruit and dark caramel. Pretty good stuff.