msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange color. Nearly no head to be seen upon pouring. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing to particular. Taste is as it smells, with a little bit of booze. Drinkable with just enough complexity to make it enjoyable.
deaconmike (456) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders. Copper pour. Nice lacing throughout. You get sweetness and molasses in the aroma. More of the same on the taste but really nice caramel malt flavor. Balanced nicely with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. This one went down way to smooth for the ABV.
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gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours a murky brown/orange with no head. Nose is of rotting flowers and off-alcohols. Kind of unpleasant. Flavor is of a mellow sweet malt that still has some of the nose. Palate is smooth and thick.
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark caramel color with small head. Aroma of brown sugar. Sweet, smooth caramel malts, maple sweetness. Very good.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale, cloudy brown color with practically no head. I know this is the way the beer is supposed to look, but I’m taking points off anyway. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses and dried fruit. The vanillin from the oak really comes through on the flavor with tons of toffee and molasses. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, but not cloying. A fantastic beer.
anthony850 (451) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty with high alc.
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timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage. A fairly clear clear orange/amber pour. Miniscule off white head. Nice malty aroma, increases as it warms. Tons of malt flavor, some toffee, brown sugar with a little raisin. A small amount of hop presence. Nice and sticky and lingering. A little bit young I think, I bet the other three will age very nicely. Right now I’d say the Ola Dubh version I’ve had are a little bit better, but they’re aged. This should have no problem competing with some age and at a bargain of a price comparitively. Actually bought a couple 3rd Coast Old Ales with this 4 pack, curious to see how they compare, even though they are technically barley wine.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel colored pour with a small white head. Sugary oak on the nose along with some whiskey. Slightly sticky on the palate. Flavor is very smooth with light oak notes along with molasses. Alcohol is very noticeable but not in a bad way.
chicagobears (447) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber into snifter. Aroma is full of toffee, orange peel, and molasses. The molasses is at the forefront in flavor. The oak also comes on strong which I like. This is initially sweet on the palate but is well balanced with a complex spiciness and slightly acidic. A vanilla richness lingers on the palate. This is a top shelf ale right here.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet with a thin oily head. Nose is alcoholic with woddy notes including vanillin and coconut. Flavour is slightly roast, both from malts and the wood, with a sweet vanillin, chocolate. Strong bitterness exists, but is detected not perceived. Some raisin notes appear with warmth.