TearsforBeers (183) - 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.
reverendj (183) - 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.
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.
RyanK (180) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours a red amber, cloudy with a white lacing, no head; that fizzes out pretty soon after pouring. Smells of dark fruits and alcohol, most particularly figs, whiskey and cherry. Im sure this is good for a whiskey barrel aged ale it is pretty smooth and balances well with the malt. Iím never a fan of dark fruit with high alcoholic beers. Combined with the whiskey it tasteís like Iím drinking something quite strong though the taste isnít overly strong and their is no burn. Finishes a tad bitter with dry taste of figs.
marv3mania (178) - 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.
Weezel (174) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours really smooth with a dark amber hue and little head. Floral aromas and deep malt up front. The taste is sweet with a little hop zing in the beginning and the oak really shines lightly, but in a good way in the end. Good stuff.
miyauchi38 (174) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (173) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO.
BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.
Wolfenkopf (171) - 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.
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.