Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a deep reddish brown with a light brown head. Smells fruity and woody and a bit bitter. Has a wine like mouthfeel and tastes of caramel, dark dried fruits, and bitter hops. Seems like it was brewed from well-water. Has a nice tart finish.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes sir. A deep burgandy brown with little head (as expected) and less carbonation. A chickory malt and strong oaken tones mellowing to a light vanilla extract and anise base. Very rich toffee and an english flare that must come from the water. Olde Suffolk is weighty, smooth and classy.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown thin tan head. Aroma is woodsy. Flavor is very nice, oak, toffee, raisins and some plum. There is a slight alcoholic taste that detracts a little, but I enjoyed this much.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in colour with ruby shines, thin beige head of low persistence. Aroma is very rich with porto notes, dried fruits, plums in particular. Taste is sweet and a little sour, woody. Thin bodied and dangerously drinkable. Great beer!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish colour with a fairly small head. Flavor and aroma has some sweetness from dark fruits. The two years in oak barrels is evident in both flavor and aroma. Palate is very nice.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a deep, dark brown color, under a full, lush cocoa-colored head. Generously aromatic, issuing hints of nuts, coffee, cream, toffee, butter. Malt is very prominent, hops take the backseat. Taste is smooth and delicious, with a slightly oily palate. Body is thick, rich, texture is very nice, and the finish continues the sweet, candyish flavors found initially in the nose,and they rest leisurely on the tastebuds. Puts me in mind of a brown ale, but done right, with flavor. Perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyable, a tasty treat. A good ale with dinner, or in lieu of dessert.
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
sizzles after you pour and retains a barleywine appearance. Tasty and a plus that its alcohol is dilluted. Interesting sour oak winey and malts and spice. Nicely hopped, understated.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a pleasant suprise! This poured a dark brick red color with a medium khaki head resting on top. Aroma is very sweet and full of dark fruit, with a mild pepper aroma. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruit, tangy hop bite, a moment not untirely unlike jasmine tea, some roastyness, some woody notes, a grassy section, and a long bitter finish. Nice complexity! Reminds me of Eisbock, only far more quafable!
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The colour is deep deep copper – amber, the medium-sized beige foam dissolves slowly into a thin lid. The liquid is clear.
The smell is mild, mainly sourish with a hint of mint and some malt.
The carbonation is perfect for dark ale, gentle and balanced. Refreshing!
The taste is very complex: At first, a very fruity and sweet aroma with hints of cherries replaces a touch of dark rum. Then, a dry and elegant whisky-like flavour emerges with a clear savour of alcohol. The aftertaste is full of flavours; nuts, dried fruits, marzipan, a hint of lime and an increasing bitterness that seems to last forever. The only thing that stops me from a “5” in the taste-column is the almost annoying alcoholic taste. At 6%, this shouldn’t be a problem.
This is a blend of a fresh ale and a strong ale that have been matured in oak casks for two years, giving it a very multifaceted taste. World class!
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a drab black that shows red up to light. Minimal head. Smell is woodsy, dates, malt, plums, pretty interesting. Flavor is a tad sour, very malty, a bit chocolatey with a good oak flavor. Very interesting beer, highly recommended.