SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black. Large, dense, cramy, tan head. Nose is toasty, bready malt and chocolate. Just like it says, bitter hops and chocolate, not much else. Body is balanced but thin, medium is a generous deScription. The special reserve is a great brew, this is drinkable.
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown/black into a mug. Lasting medium-sized head. Chocolate, date, fig and plum notes. Light, but full-chocolate flavored. Lingering slightly bitter chocolate finish. Very similar to a porter.
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
The beer name seems to describe it very much. I had this on tap at Lazy’s. Looks like old engine oil. Very dark and complex, sort of hazy cloudy look to it, a medium caramel, citrous taste to it, with a frothy lacing at the end.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great label and name. Pours dark black-brown with minimal head. Nice roasted nose, with some licorice and alcohol. Surprisingly light palate. Some chocolate, malts, and licorice. Nice.
joergen (25142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black coloured with a small beige head.
Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits.
Roasted flavour with notes of fruits and alcohol.
DYCSoccer17 (3581) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Half Door in Hartford. Aroma has quite a bit of anise/licorice present. There are also some smoked peaty notes and a touch of sweetness as well. Opaque black color with a small, resilient light tan head. Nice lacing is present. Attractive. Roasted, slightly smoked peaty flavors to start with a bit of vinousness in the middle. There are definitely some cardboardy flavors to finish. Almost tastes oxidized. I guess this is typical of style.
blankboy (7054) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black, like engine oil (big surprise), with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some fruit sweetness, a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Mild flavour is mostly malt, slightly roasty, with a hint of smoke, some alcohol and chocolate. Thin bodied. It’s good but for an Old Ale this is quite weak, at best it’s a mild Porter.
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty beer served on tap with a beautiful malty aroma and great flavor. Not much head retention and a bit too much carbonation for my taste.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Freshly poured the aroma and taste of this beer reminded me a lot like an aged swiss cheese. As the beer breathed, it seemed to fade and I thought it could be from the presence of some peated malt maybe mixing with roast flavors and hop bitterness. Whatever it was, the flavors did not blend well, very unappealing.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. At first glance, I’m thinking porter. Pours black with an off-white rocky head. Dark fruits and roasts up front followed by mild espresso, chocolate, and caramel. Finishes slightly bitter. Really good.