rb (15) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
orage-brown colour, fruity scent, somewhat strong, off-white head, very decent alcohol volume
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Interestingly rich pour that doesn’t allow any carbonation to form. It won’t even allow you to see into the glass. Malty, with a refreshingly clean and snappy finish. Butterscotch. Alcohol. Well-crafted. Awesome.
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice sweet caramel aroma. This is quite nice. A good hop flavor, some sweetness, a hint of caramel and molasses. A slightly coating finish, this reminds me of many barleywines.
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is a sipping beer! Fantastic aroma, almost a charred wood smell to it with a sweetness rivaling a barleywine. Pours a dark amber with lots of sediment floaties (this was sitting in my beer fridge for a while I must admit)
Personally I find this one best after sitting out in its glass for about 10 minutes so it warms up a tad.
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really love this beer. Its the first and only old ale that I’ve tried, but it has enticed me to try more. Aroma is very much of caramel malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with no head. Taste is a nice combination of sweet and a little bitterness. I don’t know how, but I feel like I can taste the aging. Very little carbonation. I loved this beer.
fernans (34) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rare air here. Shockingly smooth considering the high alcohol. Complex. Taste starts hints of cloves and earthy notes. The middle is honey. The end has a pleasent hoppy bitterness. Nothing over powers. Excellent!
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.
alethol (106) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - 4.25 - giant white fluffy head on this guy, kind of a copper, orange, brass but very clear color. Light for an old ale.
S - 4.5 - Lots of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, oak barrels, chocolate, cookies
T - 4.75 - oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, figs/raisins/dark fruits, lots of malt, mostly dark and breast, very complex, sweet booziness.
M - 4.75 - pretty heavy. Alc is present but appropriate, aftertaste is breast malt, bitter, and dark fruits
O - 4.75 - super intense beer. Took 2 to even comprehend the flavor. I’d love to see what old curmudgeon s better half tastes like!
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 2009/2010 Vertical on 6/4/11.
pours a brilliant deep red/orange with a slim off white head. incredible dark fruit nose with layers of vanilla, grapes, light citrus, sherry, and sugar. medium body - full of flavor with raisins, plums, dates, orange zest, light spices and vanilla mixing together. sweet, yet smooth. somewhat dry finish with some residual sugar, more dark fruits, caramel and a touch of alcohol.
pours a brighter orange, yet still deep with a slim off white head. this vintage has a brighter nose with lighter fruit notes and sweet malts. medium body with a subtle roast, dark fruits, caramel, light heat and grapes. semi-dry finish with residual sugar, sweet malts, banana, citrus and some spices.
2009 bottle on 6/11/10. pours a deep copper color with a slim off white head. sweet aroma filled with vanilla, caramel and dark fruits towards the back. full body with more sweet malts with candy coatings. Sugar coated dark fruit lingers throughout the mouth with some lingering nuts and oak notes. solid finish with a pleasant level of alcohol and sugar filled malt packets.
2006 bottle - thanks to TBC. 6/24/08 - my 1 yr RateBeer anniversary the bourbon barrel aging really comes through on the aroma... lots of bourbon and sweet sugary malts with some vanilla as well. pours a dirty brown with little to no head.... lots of floaties too. wonderful on the palate - very even and smooth... medium to full body. caramel, bourbon, vanilla and maple syrup dominate the mouth. excellent strong finish... the bourbon barrel aging is most noticeable on the finish and there is a bit of alcohol presence as well.... it goes down extremely smooth and lingers for a bit. very glad I got to have an ’06 bottle and would love to compare it to a newer batch.