dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy TheCheeseman. Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt, toffee aroma with hints of earthy hops. Very bold caramel malt, earthy hop taste with hints of fruit. Alcohol is hidden well, very smooth and english BW like.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper machť. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I donít have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful reddish brown with little lacing. Sweet and malty but still some complex, woody flavors. Enjoyable to sip, getting richer as it warms.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Gabe. Poured murky brown with small head. Malty, sweet aroma with a small hint of chocolate. Taste is similar to a barley wine. Not a bad brew.
Beerman6686 (6175) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits caramel, sweet malts and some leather. Flavor was a but toffe/caramel scotch flavor with noters of burnt malts and alcohol. Althoguh flavor isnt quite breathetaking, it is almost overwhelming
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks go out to a couple of BAís who sent me one of these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that settled down to a sparse lace. The color of the brew was a cloudy almost Macintosh apple red.
This brew sat in the closet for a while so I am getting some bourbon whisky like aromas coming from the glass. Some vanilla and a little barleywine note as well
The flavors are strong malts and candy sugar but the alcohol flavors keep the sweetness in check. This brew is thick and smooth in the mouth.
I was in the mood for a strong brew tonight but one is enough in one sitting. A likable Old Ale I will defiantly revisit this one
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lists 9.8% ABV on the neck tag so I will update it after this rating. Near lifeless dark bronze pour. An island of bubbles is all that is produced from the carbonation. Nose is caramel, hints of bourbon, wood, toasted malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Smells like itís barrel aged. Taste echoes that sentiment. Lots of oak, toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and ripe fruit. Faint hint of coconut as well. Body is nearly uncarbonated but is slick and has a nice alcohol warmth to it. Medium overall feel. This could be chewier also. Ends with more vanilla, slight hop notes, bourbon, wood, caramel, light nutty flavors, toffee and spicy notes. More vanilla and toasted malt here as well. Very tasty beer!
mjs (6293) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at Pikkulintu) Poured dark reddish brown and clear with small and white head. Aroma contained malts, peat and whisky. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, whisky, peat , hops and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and mildly bitter.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour with a thin white head.
aroma is fruity, caramel malt. some spicy hop.
vanilla and boozy bourbon in the flavour. some brown sugar and toffee.