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.
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. That’s what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. I’ll 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.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Far and away my favorite Old Ale. Faint malt aroma that is surprisingly reserved. In appearance - I swear it’s red, but it’s brown. Tastes like strawberries without the sweetness - which is lovely. On the palate - where’s the booze? Incredibly hidden heat, but not warming. Never had it tasting as good as my most recent glass - far more mellow than usual.
yackery (156) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pours a fast-dissolving head over a dark, hazy, rusty yellow body. There’s a bit of a creamy lacing that slickly slides down.
Never has a punch in the nose with nuts been as lovely. Roast toffee. Woody.
Taste is mildly bitter carrying the nose with finely-crafted balance.
Palate is full, thick, and nutty. Carbonation is fizzy, And the finish is bitter nut. Not sticky but nicely clean.
Lele (156) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great burnt ruby/burnt amber color, with obvious hints of depth. Classic old ale taste; musty yet enticing. Enjoyable for sure.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. It’s a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.
Gbgbrouge (155) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle, dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is strong with distinctive notes of dark bread, honey, resin and herbs. Taste is a real explosion. Full bodied and well balanced, notes of dried fruit, honey, pine and dark bread. Slight bitterness leads a long and lingering finish. Real nice one!