RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
faint smell of smoke, powerfull palate, metallic taste, some bitterness and some sweetness
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from wheninhell - thanks Andy! Pours black with a brown head. Nice, sweet, roasty malt nose, touches of raisin. Bittersweet chocolate flavors, lightly roasty malt. A bit of peat shows up in the finish. Nice, but could be bigger.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rather dark, almost black, topped off with a large thick dark tan head. Smells thick (!) roasted malts by the bagful, coffee, espresso, cocoa, smoke and just the hint of coriander in the nose. Taste is very malty, a pleasure of malts, chocolate and just some winter fruits. Lasts well in the mouth, little bit bitter. Just a bit straightforward and inoffensive. Excellent, but no real surprises - does what it says on the tin.
POD (198) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m on a roll selecting good after dinner beers lately. This one was a suprise that I picked up in a Beers from around the World sampler. Bottle claims the recipe is Celtic. Pour is dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is mostly malt. The taste is bitter. I taste carmel, cooking chocolate, and something tart on the verge of sour. All flavors are well balanced. Good beer.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-black body with a creamy, smoky-tan head. Small amount of lacing – sticks to glass. Nose of roasted toffee with a touch of chocolate. Rich flavor: malts, caramel, some hops and a bit a unsweetened cocoa. Finish is slightly sour.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was a pretty good beer. Very dark, with a bit of thickness. It’s very different from other old ales I’ve had. Very smooth and drinkable. Thought the intial aroma was very sour and sharp it weaken once it warmed a little.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
stron apples oil dirty barleywine powerful alcoholz aroma. flat bacl oil in a glass. flavor is oddly more like grape soda with roast beans, stale, burnt hop finish, yech. flat and crappy palate. 2002 bottle. Thought an "old ale" should be able to stand up to age a little better but noting the abv, maybe not.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/wells/tul target=blank>Tully’s) Pretty nice but flavor is muted...Very dark brown body, nearly opaque but for some some glimmers of light along the edges. One finger of tan head recedes a bit but stays well. Aroma: tough to find much but for weak coffee-chocolate, perhaps a little bit of plum or cherry. Mouthfeel: smooth, nice. Nice fine, webby lacing. Flavor is very muted but basically light roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a very slight hint of fruit. A let down flavor wise but perhaps this is generally to style.
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A wood smoke, chocolate malt and alcohol aroma - initially had a medicinal smell but that faded as it warmed - had it too cold. Midnight black with small film of a head. Smokey dark chocolate flavor with moderate hops throughout. Nice full-bodied beer - well balanced.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black like the name. Not quite as viscous. Took an aggressive pour to yield even a small head that was slow in developing and faded almost as quickly. Rich malty aroma. I can smell a bit of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Think, almost oily mouth feel. Rather sweet, with a rich malt flavor. Almost as sweet as a cola. A bit tangy in the finish.