gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bar has been set!! Now this is a brew one can truly come to appreciate all year long! Excellent flavors and aromas! For an old ale this bugger is holding out like a full-bodied ale but tastes easy enough of the palate to enjoy a few throughout the day. Flavors and textures come off like a fine Chilean merlot - smooth and very fulfilling;.
Gerardgathier (512) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt raisins caramel, deep sweet taste smooth body, nice malty nose, awesome.
graham_murphy (511) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite dry and sweet - caramel, biscuit and raisins from the malt. What stands out is certainly the ease with which it goes down given its strength. Iíve had plenty of imperial stouts at this ABV and you feel them in your throat. This is subtle!
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2/06/14 and poured 4/15/14. $3.49 a single.
Appearance: Pours a "quiet" red/orange color with a nice off-white head and lacing at the start.
Smell: Wow. Dark fruits, barrel, molasses sweetness, oak... just as I expected from the label and style. Thereís also a slight hint of booze as well.
Taste/feel: Just looking at it in the glass, it looks sweet. Thatís probably just because I know thereís molasses in it though. This beer is sweetsweetsweet, which you should figure if you know the style, see that this beer is brewed with molasses, or see that the IBUs are "only" 50 IBUs. Molasses, candied dark fruits, oak, rich and heavy caramel malts with a bit of a toasted malt aftertaste with an underlying subtle bitterness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Just looking at it in the glass should give you an idea of how it feels. Very mild carbonation with a pretty full body. Some would call it "flat", but itís a mild carbonation that Iím liking for this beer. Also, the body is big, but itís not to the point where itís syrupy/cloying. Then again, the nice depth of flavor also helps that. Donít get me wrong, it IS a very sweet beer, but itís not a chore to drink by any means. 9.8% is hidden perfectly as well.
Overall, an incredibly tasty choice for those who dig a big, bold, malty, sweet beer. It may not be something that Iíd personally drink very often (Iím already a "ticker" as it is...), but there is absolutely no denying that this is a phenomenal beer that warrants a try to any beer aficionado. I may go buy myself another single just to see how this thing ages. It is sweet as hell, but it is equally as tasty.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is a quality to this beer that I really don’t like. I know a lot of people like this, and it’s a pretty great old ale. I can drink it if I plug my nose. It smells like thrift store books. Anyyyywayyyyy.... it’s a ruby color .. nice representation for the style. Flavor is REALLY malty... almost a peat like quality to the malt there. I smell leaves. Like old leaves waiting for pickup on the side of the street. OK, come to think of it, this beer of the personification of a child molester. It’s kind of musty, dated, old sock-ish, and reeks of booze. I need an adult.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Princetonís. Brown pour, thick foamy white head. Malty, barley aromas, some oak. Sweet, intense flavors... definitely can taste the heavy malt characteristics. Surprisingly very drinkable, nice smooth sweet finish. BIG beer with lots of great flavors going on.
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with a thin dirty white head. Caramel, vanilla, dank, woodne barrel, grass, booze, slight pine. Syrupy with soft carbonation. The booze is there but doesnít overpower.
Thechasm442 (501) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100th review. Draft poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper red with an off white head and amazing lacing. Aroma is molasses, bitter citrus, and some malt. Taste is sweet, orange, grapefruit, malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and sticky with little alcohol presence. Awesome beer.