daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown pour, tan head. Malt forward aroma, raisins, spice cake. Flavor is malty, yeast cake, dark fruit. A bit metallic tho.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2011 vintage, 200 bottles made. 8.6% abv. Pours a caramel reddish brown color with a light tan head. Caramel notes in the nose as well along with some spice and light fruit like grape. The initial taste has a touch of sourness to it that I was NOT expecting from this beer. Sweet with a sour back end. It works on this beer but I am assuming this is not what was drawn up. I ended up enjoying this beer but it’s for sure not a Old Ale.
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown in color. Very opaque with a thin soapy head. Sweet raisin bread aroma mixed along with some fig notes. Flavor is some dried apricot, figs & dark molasses bread. Overall, good, complex, and very tasty. I look forward to the next release...
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/peat. Taste is sweet medium malt-roasty/peat/cocoa, earthy.
arminjewell (9232) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish black with off white head, aroma has notes of cola, dark fruit, chocolate, some toffee. Taste is some dark cola notes, dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, some slight cocoa powder. Nice brew.
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose is bready malts, plum and raisin. Taste is very bready. Lots of malt, some raisin, plum and toffee. Medium body.
50belair (3262) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle #44. Cola nose. Light mahago pour. Lots of sweet caramel malt, some alcohol, and cheap cola flavors.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a very dark mahogany colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, a touch of roast, earth, and a light chocolate. Flavor is really nice. Raisins, dates, and dark fruits with a nice caramel up front. Some cocoa, a really solid earthiness, some roast, and brown sugar come in to balance very well. Some toasty bread before this dries with a light, earthy, roasty bitterness and dark fruity caramel. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a smooth and creamy, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really tasty old ale. Well balanced with a nice, fruity caramel and a very pleasant earth, roast, and hint of cocoa. Solid beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle #36.
Pours a deep mahogany with ruby hints around the edges and a huge creamy beige head that showed great retention and sheets of lacing.
Aroma is extremely sweet with treacle and toffee with some caramel malts and dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is less sweet with an initial fruity tartness before the sweetness of the backbone comes through with caramelized sugar and dark booze-soaked fruits. The finish is dry and bitter with some roastiness and alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a tad bit thin for the style with strong carbonation.
This is a solid beer and a cross between an old ale, winter warmer and barleywine. The tart bitterness of the taste detracts a bit but still tasty.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Freetail Brewpub SA(9Jan11)pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee and booze with some nice dark fruit in there as well. Flavor is toffee, sweet caramel malt and a warming finish of booze and peppery spicing. Nice stuff.