fernans (25) - 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!
beerbaaron (701) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber . Sticky head. Aroma of dark fruit. Same in the flavor, nice sweetness and some alcohol. Chewy full body. Wonderful oak aged character.
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 itís red, but itís brown. Tastes like strawberries without the sweetness - which is lovely. On the palate - whereís the booze? Incredibly hidden heat, but not warming. Never had it tasting as good as my most recent glass - far more mellow than usual.
1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours to a nice ruby maple colored body with a dense off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is nougat and pistachios, lightly salty sea air, wharf wood, vanilla. The flavor is stellar. Sweet toasty malts, thick caramel, definite coconut (albeit subtle), reminds me of a liquid version of the Girl Scout cookies Caramel deLites. Delicate vanilla cookie drenched in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with cocoa stripes... mmm. Nice woodsyness to it too. The palate is sweet and dry at the same time. The head of the beer was velvety. Nice warming feeling, but not overly alcoholic on the tongue. Holy crap Batman! Barrel aging the bottled version is much appreciated. I love the vanilla overtones. Itís defintely not over barreled either.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy brownish / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended particles. Aromas of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, oak, earthy, brown sugar, and some spices. From the aromas, assume this is the í06 aged in Bourbon Barrels (if not, it sure fooled me!). Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, darkfruits, and wood. Lacing left on the glass. Smooth and creamy body that was way too easy to drink. Alcohol content hidden. This was pretty damn good (I enjoyed it more and more as I drank it!).
craftbeerdesign (2132) - 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 í06 bottle and would love to compare it to a newer batch.
dmac (3541) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle first purchased at EZ Liquors and then multiple 4packs from various stores since. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small light beige head. The aroma on this one is simply not to be missed....wet wood, coconut, light sherry background, vanilla, golden raisins, lots of earth. Flavor on this one had some slight barleywine hints with some caramel,vanilla and alcohol but then there was also the fresh hops and wood with a slight touch of coconut. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a slight touch of alcohol warming. This was one kick ass beer that I really really enjoyed.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Chuckís Liquor in Bowling Green. I believe that this must be a 2006 bottle, because this beer was full of bourbon notes. Poured a clear amber color with a two finger cream colored head. The aroma was strong with bourbon. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with a caramel malt background. The palate was perfect on this one. The alcohol was well hidden, the mouthfeel was chewy and creamy, and the carbonation was soft/mild. This was an absolutely excellent brew.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a golden red, with a nice head that dissipated slowly. An exceptional looking beer.
Smell of quality Ale yeast with apple, dark cherry notes and a hint of vanilla.
Taste was just what i am looking for in an Old Ale, malty ale with hints of dark cherry and apple. These flavors are present at the start remain through the middle of the sip. The ale finishes with a light alcohol burn and a typically ale tartness.
I found this highly drinkable for a high alcohol beer, and could have easily had a second.