lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber-mahogany with frothy tan head. Bready aroma with notes of honey, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, coconut, apple, citrus, slight sourness. Flavor is stronger than the nose would let on, but still quite nice and complex- honey, whiskey, slight sourness, vanilla, oak. Unique use of malts. Palate is slightly sticky, however. Overall, well worth a try.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz bottle, pours a clear brown/amber with a small head that dissipates fully. Great aroma of sweet malt, figs, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and bourbon. Donít think this is the bourbon barrel version, but still smells of bourbon nonetheless. Taste of caramel, sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, and oak. Alcohol is not overpowering for nearly 10%. Nice barley wine type flavor, but is even better than most barley wines Iíve had. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a great beer!
CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fig, raisin, other dark fruits, yeasty, taste is more dark fruits, molasses, yeasty, very thick on the palate, moderate alcohol, pretty good!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring of lacings.
The smell is malty (caramel and fudge) with notes of ripe fruit (grapes, strawberries?) vanilla and spices. Itís a rather rich smell. Itís good, but something seems off, like itís going downhill or something.
A malt-forward taste with pleasant flavors of caramel and toffee. Lots of fruity notes. The taste is sweet but balancing spicy notes level the sweetness. Hereís also an interesting note of vanilla. The finish has some nice bitterness to it and notes of wood and malts.
Medium body with a rather creamy and slick texture.
A decent beer. But Old ales raise my expectations and this one didnít really meet them. There are far better examples of the style.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Pour was a hazy brown with rusty highlights. The head was thin and white, which dissipated rather quickly, and left a small amount of lacing. Nose is malt, yeast, bread, barely, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, earth, yeast, and plums with a slight hop bitter in the wet finish. This is a very delicious beer, especially if you are a connoisseur of big/heavy dark beers. This has all the wonderful characteristics of those styles, yet doesnít weigh you down quite as much. This would be a great compromise for the warmer months, provided it wasnít too hot outside.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, and dried fruit. Flavor was malt driven with a smooth sweetness that was countered by a nice dry hop finish. A complex blend of flavor ranges from vanilla, plum, toffee and a slight alcohol warming that come together beautifully to make a fine brew. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. If you like barleywines, you have to have this ale.
hohops (471) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is amber with a small, diminishing white head. Big aroma of caramel, raisin, malt and hops. Full-bodied taste with caramel and maltiness with a very bitter finish. Very good, does not feel like 9.8% at all.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong alcohol and malt aroma with a taste to match. Beautiful amber appearance and warming mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper/orangish/brown. Interesting taste of carmel, malts, and hopy spices. Slight fruit undertone, warm smooth mouthfeel. Taste is big, rich, and full. You’ll want to sip this one. Not lacking in complexity at all. 9.3% ABV is not overwhelming. I’m going to attempt to age my 2nd bottle for around 12 months and see the difference.