cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tangy and tasty, spicy and fruity. Beautiful but a bit lacking in flavor.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy brown pour, tan head. Aroma is caramel, not much else. Light bitter. Flavor is caramel and kind of a dull hops. Heavy and oily.
Considering the name, I was expecting fruit and spices. Itís not unpleasant, but not that good.
coldbrewky (1408) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampler at the Dutch last night. Light hazy brown in the glass. Thinner anemic head. Nose of flat weak malt. Body has an off tang of stale hop that lingers in an unpleasant manner. Glad I didnít pay for this.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pg 175 on Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide. Jackson says this mahogany old ale was inspired by Samuel Smithís Pale Ale..but I dontí taste the inspiration. Instead, I taste an unbalanced bitter oily mixture. The commerical description brags of a blend of imported hops. But this is from Oregon ,why do you need to import hops from the HOME of hops in the US?
Alcohol presence is pronounced and unpleasent.
Iííll probably let this sail on by.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Cola brown with a thin tan head. Nose is light roast and spice. Similar flavor. Super meh, done da drayun.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I donít know what I was expecting, but whatever it was it wasnít met. A dull, mixed-up and confusing brew. Seems undecided whether to let the malt stand first in line, or allow the hops to come front and center. A bitter, slightly acrid aftertaste doesnít help. Maybe adding some spices would help perk it up, but as it stands itís not much.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
11-13-07 bottle. Smells of raisins soaking in prune juice. Black color with decent head. Taste is a tart malty combo. Not very easy for me to drink - it just doesnít seem right. Finish is chalky and leaves me wanting to wash my mouth out. Overall, this beer reminds me of burning chalky prunes.
morrdt (677) - Dirty Moí, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz bottle from Broudyís at Jax Beach, FL. Pours a dirty brown color with a light head. Aroma is a bit malty, and a bit odd Taste is the same, I was not a big fan of this. Iím not sure what they are doing here, but it didnít work.
BrockLanders (769) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle. Poured a translucent reddish-brown...minimal beige head. Not sure what this smells like...nuts maybe? Flavor is an even bigger mess.....blech. Old ale? Maybe thatís the style because they mashed whatever was lying around the brew facility the longest. The bottle says "Employee owned".....maybe they should pool their pennies and hire a brewer. Just because you drink beer doesnít mean you can brew it. I guess itís a bad sign when the commercial description has to mention "festive holiday packaging" as a íraison díetreí. Itís inconceivable that that this joint can make Old Boardhead yet still crank out crap like Wassail, Pale, Amber, Rip Curl, and Session Lager....incredible.
obguthr (3387) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black olive nose. Clear garnet, medium yellow head, good lacing. Tea and black olive flavor. I had this before when it was fresher, but I didnít log a rating at that time. This time around, which isnít that long from the release, is not so good. It had a more malty and spicy charcter, but now it is dominated by olives. Ok beer, but tragically short shelf life.