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.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great old ale from a stellar producing brewery. Aromas are very similar to barleywines but the taste is sweeter in my opinion. Get your hands on one if you havenít already.
TheBear11D (165) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Old Curmudgeon pours a clear ruby red color with a small beige head that doesnít last long. The aroma is raisin, caramel and earthy. The flavor is earthy, raisin and caramel. Overall this is a nice brew.
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 This is sweet and malty with a yeasty squeeze. Vanilla and biscuit also apparent. Very soft for the alcohol content.
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this one. Pours reddish copper color with little to no had. Sweet biscuit, malt aroma. Heavy molasses, toffee, vanilla taste. Very sweet but not cloying. Full bodied little carbonation. No real bitterness. Dry finish. Really liked this.
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into mini snifters. Aroma is completely oak forward, with some toasty character, deep earth, some malted sweetness, woody, slight oxidized note. Pours a reddish brown with some clarity and small amount of bubbles concentrating to the middle of the glass. After a big the bubbles disappear, leaving a still looking beverage. Taste is up front oak, with some molasses, dates, must, light caramel, some paper, and lots of alcohol spice, tannic. After taste is mostly a boozy burn. Body is thin with soft carbonation. Overall I think this may be a bit oxidized and too boozy for my palate. The oak character is nice at first but it dries out the tongue and leaves too much of a tannic bite.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, buttery toffee, and a little vanilla. Flavor is much the same, with a little unpleasant alcohol heat. Thatís what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. Iíll rate again after I taste an aged bottle.
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt, molasses, oak and alcohol. Nice complexity and dry finish. Easy to drink despite the high ABV. Good Beer
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a brown amber-orange. Flavor has initial sweetness: plums and pineapple, also has aspects of cinnimon and vanilla. Has a whisky/bourbon character to it which is very interesting.
marv3mania (161) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is a dark copper beer with essentially no head. The aroma is incredibly rich with caramel malts and a slight toffee scent. The taste is similar to the nose, with an earthy quality to it. It doesnít taste as strong as I expected, and thereís a unique sweetness to it. It also feels lighter than I thought it would. Overall, I approve.