stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Drinkstore 
Copper red, good colour, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of caramel malts, soft sweet molasses, dab of toffee, sweet quite complex malts
Taste of rich caramel malts, soft sweet toffee, brown sugars, little hops, good malts in this
Palate - soft carb, full body, quite sweet. Finish of warming alcohol, smooth texture, brown malts, soft sweet caramel
Overall - Good warming malts in this, came across as a malty barley wine
evergreen0199 (2511) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, slightly sweet, malty, caramel, a little dark fruit, slight treacle. Nice one.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the Brew Kettle: Dark copper w/ a lasting off white head. Alcohol, caramel and lemony hops with hints of roast fading in and out. A little bit of Old Spice from the guy sitting next to me intermingles with the toasted malts that get stronger with warmth. Well balanced with a dry finish for a big beer. Caramel flavor, citrusy hop lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Toasted and bready malts as it warms in between. Moderate esters. Aftertaste is toasted malt and citrusy hop. Full body, lower carbonation w/ a well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Needs to age some for a true old ale, but very good and barleywinish for now, will probably improve with age.
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, it’s more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Is this beer or bourbon? I have never tasted a beer like this before, it tastes like bourbon, the taste of beer is non-existent. I am not sure how to rate this brew. I bought this non-refrigerated, the case says must be refrigerated, is this why it tastes like bourbon and not beer? A hazy brownish-orange with no head. I do know one thing, this beer/bourbon has a high alcohol content that kicks you in the ass!
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles, Thanks Chris. I had a hard time trying to put deScriptors to this. The nose did have some oak and woodiness but also had some thing like
a moldy piece of fruit that you found in your lunch box on a monday morning. The taste was just as hard to describe but I really liked it. The BA-ing was pretty subtle to me. I wish I had a lot more of this.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. I’ll put one back and see how it ages.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is strong leather, oak, and tobacco. Pours dark brown/ red with a ring for head and good lacing. Not very attractive. Flavor matches the aroma with a bourbon aftertaste lingering. The alcohol shows up in the finish. Palate is sticky. This brew hits you over the head with aroma and flavor, unfortunatley they are not the flavors I perfer. I will hold onto one and see if it mellows with age.