Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful sunset amber pour displaying an ephemeral white cover. This version bought in September 2008 was actually labeled as 9.8% and it makes for a very heady aroma. No wonder the ratings are so high, this is high octane stuff. Fortunately, the malt base is solid with its deep mango/apricot duo thick pancakes bathing in maple syrup rich, toasty, bready cereal profile. As it even begins to warm up though, massive amounts of diacetyl emanates. Iím usually not all that disturbed by butteriness, especially not in beers like scotch ales, old ales or barleywines, but this surpasses my generous threshold. Liquid alcoholic toffee, rather chewy and thick besides for the overly biting carbonation that removes any English aspiration. It has its strong points with this type of malt richness, but were it a delicate offering, its íintegratedí flaws would make me rate it under 3. I will not go so low as I still find it pleasant, but canít call it a great beer and would never consider going as high as its current 3.8 average.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting red amber, even orange and brown, ok hard to describe the color. Every whiff brings something else. Maybe like smelling a warm piece of fruit cake. The flavor was better than I remember of any fruitcake. Deep, spicy, drinkable flavor, with all the flavors of a fruitcake as it was meant to be.
Beerman6686 (6320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits caramel, sweet malts and some leather. Flavor was a but toffe/caramel scotch flavor with noters of burnt malts and alcohol. Althoguh flavor isnt quite breathetaking, it is almost overwhelming
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cherry red and orange. Peaty, marmalade orange aroma with a hint of bubble gum. Flavor has spicy, grainy notes to begin, then some interesting scotch characteristics and a warming finish. Body is buttery, smooth, and satisfyingly rich, with a sticky finish. Flavor has a musty quality, I hope the name of this brew is not influencing me so much.
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is different one. Has a nice hazy brownish color. Smells of malts with hints of coconut, barley and figs among other sweeter things. Tastes to me mainly of malts and, as weird as it seems, coconuts. Not much carbonation in this one. This was an absolute pleasant experience.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz brown glass twist-top. No date.
Appearance: Tawny orange/brown. No head to speak of, and somewhat cloudy (no sediment though).
Nose: Sweet raisin bread, apricots, toasted cashews, deep caramel, milk chocolate, dried figs.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied with loads of sugar up front. Dried fruits (figs, raisons, prunes) mingle with a layer of light milk chocolate (low cocoa %), and some flavors that remind me of tawny/colheita ports and malmsey madeiras. Rich and somewhat thick, there is a moderate edge from the hop bitterness.
Notes: A well made Old Ale, will improve over short-term ageing, but I donít think itís made to go for more than 3 years with improvement. I would like to see more hop character for longer ageing. The hops show themselves and try to contain the HUGE sweetness, but itís just bursting at the brim with sugar. A little more contained than the Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, though.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red amber, fairly clear, small off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Falvor is sweet caramel and brown sugar as well, with a strong alcohol presence, moderate amount of bitter hops in the finish. Nice barley wine, will likely mellow with age hopefully.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and though I often donít like sweet/malty beers, this just rises above. While many or most beers diminish with oxidation, thereís something in this that makes me think it would survive. Old ale indeed. Guess I should get one and see if Iím right or not, but I can at least say that I really enjoyed this one fully.
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark caramel color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon and some toffee. Flavor was very sweet with caramel, toffee, oaky bourbon, raisins and notes of dark fruit with a medium to full body and has a sweet warming finish. Excellent brew
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber/mahogany with very little head. Smelled like oak or bourbon aging malty goodness. Taste was the same with a surprising bitterness which I learned afterward was due to blending e.s.b. type beer and barleywine. Thick beer but very drinkable. Yum.