JBPortland (186) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle (unknown vintage, label says brewed with molasses and oak aged) pours chestnut reddish brown into tulip with good 1.5 finger head. Nose is fruity, spicy, cinammon, maple, bready. Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, malty, smooth. Taste is maple, earthy, smokey notes, dark fruits, hides the 9.8% extremely well. Finish is bitter oaky maple, molasses, gingerbread, with some trailing sweet notes. Quite good!
TearsforBeers (180) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out hazy red orange amber with disappearing white head - looks just great. Smells fruity, sweet malty, light hops, probably some Munich malt, and maybe some German hops. The flavor is very sweet, thereís something sour here, bitterness, prunes, coffee, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy. Overall, a good brew, but apparently old ales arenít my favorite style.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twelve oz bottle. Thick and sweet with a thin amber foam layer and small but sticky lacing. Aroma has bourbon, hickory, toffee candy. Smooth on the tongue, not a huge amount of carbonation, almost barleywine syrupy. Bourbon, black fig, plum, sweet almond paste. Slight snap of hops at the back of the throat on the finish, and a bit of residual alcohol heat on the sides of the tongue.
reverendj (176) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Is this liquor or beer? The faint aroma of alcohol belies its strength. Complex blend of malts, toffee, cinnamon, and a hop kicker on the finish. Wonderfully smooth feel and a nice bite on the tongue. A fitting tribute to the living legend Robert D. Raiford.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like leather, molasses, raisins. Pours a murky dark amber. Flavor is rich and sweet, with a dry semi-bitter finish. Strong alcohol presence. Some notes of tobacco leaf, nice sipper.
M82 (171) - Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 04/13/12; Vibrant amber to copper pour with a smallish, late forming very light khaki head leaving ecclectic spotted lace; light fruit, oak, and alcohol notes dance over pudding, toffee, and marshmallow, some toast, light smooth leather, and charred oak are introduced in the taste and finish out the medium, somewhat creamy ml mouth, soft heat; complex, yet restrained and welcoming
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber with minimal off white head. Strong aromas of oak, whiskey, and alcohol, as well as molasses, butterscotch, licorice, vanilla, and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is a bit less than the aroma, but the alcohol is much more well hidden on the tongue. A bit of oak and malt on the tongue. Really big beer, with a syrupy mouthfeel. Long whiskey and molasses finish. This one is highly recommended.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours caramel brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is very caramelly with plenty of candied cherries and almond notes. Smells a bit like orgeat. Full bodied. Flavor is lacking a bit. The alcohol is apparent. Brown sugar and spices on the order of pumpkin pie, but not as good.
This is good, but not enough going on for me.
Wolfenkopf (166) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one has a wonderful nutty and caramel aroma. There was no head to speak of. The brew is similar in color to a strong tea. Thereís quite a lot to the taste. It is brutally high in the alcohol taste, though it is well offset with caramel. There is also a high element of bitterness, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. Bitterness and carbonation fight hard for supremacy over the palate with no clear winner. This one is a monster and you shouldnít pass up the opportunity to try it.
gerbewa (165) - - AUG 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had 4 pack with mander-head. Just had a truffle so itís hard to rate. Nice copper red colour. Good make background. Reminds me of a red type ale.