foyle (386) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 20, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
Appearance: 2"+ tan head falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark reddish-brown. Plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich roasted barley and a definite citrus rind hop background.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent, dry finish.
Flavor: dark fruit flavors, raisins, caramel, and molasses along with citrus rind.
Overall: very well done.
tfredvik (1714) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear(!) deep brown to copper body, with a beige head that ends up as a partially covering film, good lacing. Malty, sweet and strong aroma of milk chocolate, chocolate sauce, lightly roasted malt, hints of hops and a light fruitiness, all upon a sugary background. Strong flavour of massive chocolate that lasts all the way into the aftertaste, dark caramel, roasted malt, generic fruits and citrus. A complex background of dark dried fruits, pine needles (especially in the long-lasting moderate to heavy bitter chocolate finish) and hints of rosemary. Moderate sweet initial taste. Medium body, smooth texture, very soft carbonation consisting of tiny bubbles. Brilliant!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
tmrmwel (1715) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark maroon, with an airy off white head. Aroma is roasted malts with bread, nuts and toffee, as well as caramel and kandi. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is roasted malts with bread, caramel and kandi, as well as nuts, leather, dark fruits, wood and fruity hops with citrusy notes. Lingering malty finish with dark fruity notes.
demannu (364) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head. Mellow malty aroma. Rich malty flavor with an earthy and slightly roasty character. Medium smooth body.
csaso (2065) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can - good size tan foamy head, dark brown color, big complex malty aroma and flavor, good earthy hop balance, mild alcohol notes, fairly smooth finish, very good overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is tame and leans toward caramel. Flavor is richer with a lightly roasted blend of brown sugar, chocolate, and light hop tones. finish is quick and sticky.
SvanteL (256) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mycket mörkt rubinröd, medelstort skum. Maltsöt lite kryddig doft med inslag av apelsin och kryddor. Smaken är lite kärvt träig med knäcksötma, bränt socker, apelsinskal, ingefära samt en lång fin efterbeska. En suverän Old Ale med julig karaktär.
migwell (276) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Foundry. I’ve enjoyed this previously and was sorry to see it leave as a seasonal, but with the current proliferation of porters, stouts and darker strong seasonal ales, this one seems now to get lost in a tsunami of newer and better brews. It’s still fine, quite malt heavy and hop bitter as well. Not well rounded, however, and despite the ABV, it tastes like an over the top porter. Possibly I just don’t understand what an old ale is, or possibly that’s just some vague delineation describing brews that don’t really fit conveniently into any more well known category. Time for more research.
SeniorZozo (1153) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting session, thanks to Tibor Rebak from Brewdog. Dark brown body with a mahogany tinge. Slim to none off white head. Heavy malt and nut flavored taste up front. Mild sweetness in the background. Clean finish.
axl (530) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Rather hazy redish brown with beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dried fruits, grapefruit, apricot marmelade and chocolate. Taste of toffee, caramel, chocolate, bitter orange marmelada and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel, light-medium carbonation and bitter-sweet aftertaste.