cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at The CoffeeBar. Pours hazy orange with fuzzy white head. Great aroma of pine and vanilla, hints of caramel and perfume. Great sweetness, and a touch of dry earthy bitter finish. Very solid old ale, with just a hint of alcohol. This would be absolutely amazing with just a bit more age.
jlruthven (588) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.
DrunkSanta410 (584) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Maltitude. Poured into a glass, appearance is dark amber with little brown head. Aroma is sweet blend of malts, with notes of caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Smells nice. Taste is very malty, again caramel malts, hints of molasses or maple syrup, some roasty / toasted notes as well. Slight bitterness, but not a huge hop profile detectable. Easy to drink. High ABV is not noticeable. Palate has low carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2012, opened in 2014). Pours orange/amber with no real head. Aroma is honey, floral, blood orange. Taste is thick, gloopy with lingering sweetness. Again, lots of honey/sherry flavor here. I would’ve called this a barleywine in a blind taste. Perhaps some oxidation issues with this bottle. Malt is quite sweet but there is some balance.
PartyFowle (584) - - MAR 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy crimson, topped with a dense layer of tan froth. Smooth yet light aroma -- maple, buttery vanilla, toffee, pancakes. The oak is more prominent and sharp in the flavor, as is a whiskey-like alcohol note. Maple is soft, as are French vanilla, fresh red apple and a late-arriving toasted bread note. Everything in here is subtle, creamily blended and very drinkable for its ABV. I kind of wish it was MORE substantial, actually.
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Pours ruddy orange with a thin whispy head. Not getting alot from the nose but the taste is pleasant. Light but malty with plum, molasses, fig, and raisin. A hint of oaked vanilla lingers on the palette. Nice.
S_Side_Smitty (578) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is malts and maple syrup.taste is nice. Sweet syrupy malts up front, chalk in the middle, and a significant bitterness in the finish. Flavors, though not overly specific, are balanced and blended well.
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.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.