illidurit (1965) - Sonora, California, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #2749 poured into a snifter. Almost completely black, the only exception being a slight ring of brown when held up to strong light. Creamy tan head of about a finger, not much lacing.
Aroma is earthy dark malt and subtle whiskey. I like that the scotch hasnít completely overridden this brew but rather serves as a nice complement. Cinnamon makes an appearance too.
Flavor is great but just a bit too faint. The oak really stands out, melding well with the chocolate and roasted flavors. I donít detect any fruitiness, which is odd for an old ale.
The glaring thing about this beerís mouthfeel is the thinness of body. It may look really viscous but itís quite light. It makes the drinkability insanely high, but it doesnít lend a lot of support for a tasty blend of flavors. Maybe the other reserves will be thicker.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle (01611/Sept07) from Country Club Liquors; Nose of chocolate, toffee, light smoke, and pruny fruitiness; black, brown edges, and a small cinnamon tan head; flavor is chocolate, lighly smoky, and a little oaky. I got no scotch flavor or nose. Finish has a little light fruitiness and a bitter note. Not any better but a lot more expensive than the regular Old Engine Oil, I expected some big wood or Highland Park flavors to come out, but I got vey little for my $9.79US!
rajendra82 (913) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The same appearance as the Special 16 and 30 editions, i.e., solid black with a typical Porter-ish beige head. The smell, this time around, was more carob beans, chicory, and chocolate. The taste was easy drinking with a lot of wood tannins and roast grains. The body was kind of thin and underwhelming, but the finish was sprinkled with some spicy hops. I guess I just prefer the obvious Whisky notes of 30 than the astringency of the 16 or the woodiness of the 1. All of them are subtly different from each other, yet they ll succeed in their own way.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave from By The Bottle for this brew. Poured a brown-black body with a small off-white/beige-grey head. Nutty, bourbon nose with some dry wood esters. Thin, watery mouth feel and finish. Sweet, but couldnít get past watery factor. Still, a very interesting beer, especially considering many UK beers can be boring.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a blackish brown with a meager tan head that quickly fades to a tiny ring. The aroma was strong with anise, whiskey, dates, coffee liquor and molasses. The taste did not quite live up to the bold aroma. The flavors are subdued with whiskey, coffee and peat. Most of these flavors are on the the sides of the tounge but the tip and back are never rounded out for a full palate experience. The mouthfeel was full and creamy. The finish abruptly fell off short with a lingering malt pastiness. Overall: This one showed a lot of promise and had one of the best noses ever, but the flavor was too subtle for me, and left me with an empty feeling. I may age a bottle or two and re-evaluate later.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: 02048 Sept. í07: The best of the three (12, 16, 30 year). A very nice smooth combination of fruitiness with nice Scotch maltiness. Great munchiness in the taste. Ending is somewhat like coffee, but again with that lovely scotch accent. Overall, the best of the three to balance taste variation with exoticness. Very nice accents of peat, malt, dark fruits (plums, dates etc...), with a rich malt and almost caramel ending thatís accented with a good 12 year Scotch (I recommend Glenlivetís 12 year). I really wish more breweries would age their beers in Scotch barrels as itís my favorite whisky. *hopes*
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours deep dark brown with weak light brown head. The aroma is mild smooth and blended with earthiness, river rocks, shrubbery, mild malt roastiness, musty moist dates, prunes and some more roastiness. The taste is just plain old yummy with a load of earthiness, prunes, caramel, mild olives, more earthiness, muted sweet woody oakiness and mild whiskey booze. Very nice brew.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Number 19403/Sept 2007 date code on front label. Poured out an inky black, viscous and almost still. Aromas are definite whiskey barrel, oak, vanilla, and barrel house funk. Flavors are of vanilla, oak wood, burnt sugars, honey coated espresso beans, strong roasted malts. Wildflower honey in the finish. Not your typical Old Ale by any means. Finished like a Turkish coffee spiked with a shot of Scotch Whisky.
Damn tasty ale overall.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #03055. Poured a deep, thick black body with thin head. Aroma is roast, light vanilla and malt. Flavor is chocolate, wood, alcohol. Thin body but a nice little sipper.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WoW, this was new to me....Thanks to Bu11zeye for this one. Poured a very nice black with tan head. Aroma reminded me of having a cook out....Smokey......and very malty......
Flavor was what I percieved as Smokey, like wood burning at a BBQ....very interesting.....had a medium-full body, very nice mouth feel...excellent...strange.....but excellent beer!!! Glad I tried this!!!!