kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear dark red, short lived whispy beige head, touch of lace, sweet candy malt aroma with some floral hops, creamy body, rich malt flavor, restrained sweetness, some nice fruity character of a lighter variety like grapes or apricots, light bitterness, great first beer of the weekend
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured a deep, syrupy, murky brown with a quickly-receding off-white head and some rising carbonation. The nose first found rich, toasty English caramel, less-prominent caramel, floral notes, and candied dark fruits. Flavor was rather strong with dark frutis and toffee.. accented by some alcohol warmth.. floral and mild peppery spices too. Syrupy and sweet on the palate, with a thicker body.. some sharper alcohol and oxidization evident, but still has some life left in it.. but probably best to drink ’em soon.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from trade with jasonmech77. Good aroma, sour & sweet. Initial sourness that opened up to the sweet as it warmed. Caramel, chocolate in the background. Little brandy. Dried fruit. Plum, raisin, date. Brown sugar. Get that tobacco scent I associate woth oxidation. Cloudy orangy dark brown color, small head and minor lace. Sour flavor. Oxidized with fruit, apple, pear, raisin, plum. ABV shows itself with the brandy or even a little of a spiced rum flavor. Medium body, smooth crreamy mouthfeel, bitter sour finish. Good brew, think it might be fading abit. Must of been intense fresh. Thanks for the retired brew jasonmech77.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample at DLD - Pours amber with a moderate head. It smells of sweet malts and a bit of dark fruit. The flavor was both sweet and surprisingly sour. Medium bodied and lively, this one was... interesting.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled at DLD, pours dark amber. nose was pretty oxidized, tobacco, swweet caramel, brown sugar, plums, raisins, this was overly sweet.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a dark, burnt amber color that shows a touch of haze and a brilliant ruby color when held up to the light. The beer seemed a bit light in the carbonation department when I popped the cap, so I poured carefully to maintain the carbonation. Because of this it forms a scant, tan colored head that quickly recedes to a ring of foam. Rich, aged malt aromatics dominate the aroma. These notes are not yet wet-cardboard like, instead they add rich caramelized notes, touches of sweetened toffee, fermented cherry, fruity notes of prunes and figs and a deeply caramelized / browned crusty bread character. The aroma really makes me think of the Maillard browning with some age.
The taste is lightly sweet up front and the body is quite a bit lighter than the rich aroma would suggest. My guess is that this has lost some body with age. Some light tart notes, along with other components add to a taste sensation reminiscent of plums, a touch of kiwi, currants, figs and definitely prune notes as well. The finish has a dry, toasted grain maltiness to it that leaves a sensation of dusty barley husks lingering on in the palate.
This is certainly still quite interesting, it has certainly aged quite a bit since being released. If you like aged character in a beer I would still recommend it, though I don’t see this lasting more than another year or so before the oxidation character takes a turn for the worse.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Thick syrupy pour giving a deep ruddy colour and a fine off-white head. Some light suspended protein chunks. Fruity aroma, with intense sweet maltiness and a soft grape vineousness as well. Some light molasses and dark rum sweetness in the nose as well. Some soft plumminess in the nose as well. Flavour is quite sweet but well-developed, cherries and plums up front with a bit of sweet caramel, grape and figgy sweetness. Drinks like an English barleywine with sweet plummy malts, a bit of sherryish oxidized notes on the back and a full sweet mouthfeel without ever losing balance. A lovely refined brew.
Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle...dark caramel color with some redness...the alcohol scent is blanketed by some syrupy malts...minimal foam...visible sediment floats in my glass...very smooth mouth feel...malty body a tease of brown sugars with a muddled citrus finish
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with some good carbonation. Was kept well by eclectic! Wood, dry raisins and unsweetened molasses dominate the flavor, with some iron, metallic taste and pencil shavings. Aroma is grainy, malty, old and musty, but in a good way. Nice translucent dark brown in the initial clear pour. Fascinating. Not delicious, but challengingly flavorful. I miss this brewery! (Have I said that a million times...?)
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle via trade with MrBendo. Aroma: Some slight oxidation, but more sherry than cardboard. Toffee and caramel, bready yeast, some candy-like sweetness, dried cherries and raisins. and a touch of citrus. Appearance: Dark rusty brown in color and very murky. Light beige head was small and fleeting. Light lacing. Flavor: Brown sugar, dried fruits, yeast. Lots of oxidation and a peculiar sourness. Alcohol is fairly strong, too. Finishes dry. Palate: Medium-low bodied. Low carbonation. Strong alcohol warming on tongue and back of mouth. Overall: Wish I could have had this fresh. The underlying structure seemed good, but the beer has lived past its prime. Sad.