tommann (2724) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle at 8.1%. Pours a deep orange with a large head. Aroma is molasses and sticky figs. Taste has figs to start and some orange and molasses in the finish. Some alcohol on the finish.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle split with mcberko. Pours deep orange/brown with no head. Aroma of cherries, candied apples, plum, caramel. Flavour of candied apples, a little spice, plum, caramel. Very smooth and also medium bodied and leaves a pleasant warming sensation. Would benefit from being a little more complex - flavour.
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours transparent dark golden orange with almost no head. Aroma of maple syrup, heaps of caramel, brandy-like liqueur and a slight boozy quality. Flavour is quite sweet, with brandy, caramel and quite potent hops that come in toward the end. Quite nice, but not as complex or robust as the best of barley wines.
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark amber appearance with a whitish head that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel malty, somewhat musty, some bathroom cleanser-like, dusty nose. Quite strong, medium boozy, caramel malty, a touch watery, quite sweet flavor. Not very smooth and the booze is strong.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1998 bottle] shared by jk. Pours hazy caramel with no head. Aroma is moderate oxidation, butterscotch, very powdery malts, brandied fruits, a touch of chocolate, and, honest to god, and I’m channeling Guerde here, but I get a bit of urinal cake. Flavor is fairly sweet, some powdery caramel, butterscotch, candied dates, and nice oxidation.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1998 vintage courtesy of jk. The body has a thin ring of large bubbles. Dark brown color. Butterscotch aroma with undercurrents of dates and raisins. The flavor is very sweet with a lovely butterscotch character.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Dark ruby with an orange hue. Tiny, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. The head doesn’t stick around very long leaving a thin lace.
S - Nice old ale aroma with burnt caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Also some spice, hints of dark fruit, berry, and apple. There is a slight alcohol aroma along with a very faint phenol aroma. There is some sherry/port aroma but it doesn’t dominate for a 12-13 year old old ale.
T - Raisin, burnt caramel, toffee, and butterscotch are the biggest providers of the flavor. Some other faint dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. My major problem is that it doesn’t last long enough. Fairly sweet with a slight spice kick.
M - Medium body with low carbonation (to be expected) and fairly slick, oily feel.
D - Goes down easy, and it is a nice drink. Not quite as full or big in flavors as I was expecting. Definitely wouldn’t have more than one in a night, but it is nice.
Notes: Didn’t see a date but I was told it was ’98 and from other reviews that looks right. Decent old ale, but nothing to write home about. Sweet dark fruit and some alcohol provide the most flavor. Lacks a bit of the fullness and complexity that I would expect from a 12-13 year old ale. I liked it, and it had some regular old ale aspects, but it is nothing special and didn’t show the complexity that can come with aging some old ales.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3374-20100904] 9.3floz bottle. Not much aroma, some mild fruit malt and stinky peat. Slightly hazy, dark brown amber body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted fruit skins flavour with peach hints. Medium-full boozy body. Good.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper hued amber, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing. Soft barnish biscuity malt aroma, slight pale fruit as well. Semi-sweet start, fruity in the apple/pear sense. On the malty side, very little hop presense. Has this really musty sweet basement aroma. It also seems a little spicy. Comes across as a sweet malty somewhat fruity Barley Wine. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Clean, lighter more fruity example of a Barley Wine. Not a hop oriented one thats for sure. Its also not as heavy as other English examples. Decent, clean, but more of an English Strong.
rand (1300) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 275 ml from Slijterij van Bergen in Eindhoven (NL). Amber red with a thin head with big bubbles, otherwise flat. Nose alcohol and molasses, fig and cognac notes. The mouth is syrupy, sticky burned toffy, with plum, dried fruit, Madeira. Cordial, warm and heavy, of course, it is liqueur-like, long in final malted, bitter and heady. With Stilton is an Alleluia.