Naka (719) - 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.
badgerben (4766) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red color with no head. Strong aroma of molasses, caramel, some idodine/sea saltiness reminiscent of Islay Scotches. Tastes delicious. Strong, sweet caramel, toasted malt and biscuit. Toffee. Light salty finish. Way underrated in my opinion.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours a dark amber with a quickly dissipating off white head...this brew needs to sit until it only has a slight chill, totally opens up...aroma is dry fruit, caramel malt..flavour is balanced, hop bitterness starts immediately and lasts, stands up to the sweetness...I think the alcohol was pretty obvious, but would mellow in an older botle, finishes sweet...good brew...
mar (5135) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby pour with a thin ring of cream froth. nose of fruits, malts, raisins and caramel. good thickness with a flavor of sweet malts, raisins, and other dried fruits. sweet finish with some carbonation and the alcohol is very well hidden.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Crown Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a generally clear dark amber copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with strong notes of brandy, raisins, ripe dark fruit, caramel, honey, phenol. Flavor is also malty and sweet with notes of ripe dark fruit, bourbon, raisins, plums, sweet caramel. Generally medium body with a smooth malty and sweet finish.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into snifter. Pours a very hazy dark red-brown, almost no head. Nose is rich, prominent but not overwhelming bourbon note, clean dark fruit, toffee. Front has some carbonation burn, with a rich malt note of toffee and molasses, vanilla and bourbon coming through also, and a light, balancing hop bitterness as well. The bitterness melds well with the dark fruit and light alcohol bitterness that tend to emerge right before the finish. Finish is lots of bourbon, lightly bitter, with a lingering overripe dark fruit and molasses richness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, sticky and thick bodied.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Chuck’s Liquor in Bowling Green. I believe that this must be a 2006 bottle, because this beer was full of bourbon notes. Poured a clear amber color with a two finger cream colored head. The aroma was strong with bourbon. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with a caramel malt background. The palate was perfect on this one. The alcohol was well hidden, the mouthfeel was chewy and creamy, and the carbonation was soft/mild. This was an absolutely excellent brew.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: It’s amazing to me how different old ales can be from one another. This one seemed a little harsh, but I think it will age well. The flavor did grow on me as I drank it. It was like a different twist on a barley wine.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark brownish orange with a hardly there, off-white head that mostly lasted. What little was there hung around for a long while. The aroma was heavy caramel malt, moderate pine hops, light to moderate yeast, toffee vanilla, alcohol, brandy, orange, spices, slightly soured fruit and a little of that special barley wine smell. The flavor started sweet and a little bitter, and finished mostly bitter with some alcohol and an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, alcohol, spicy yeast, toffee and some orange hops. The medium to full body was sort of syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slightly metallic and lightly alcoholic finish.