dchmela (2826) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Dark reddish brown pour. Malty, peaty and spicy aroma. Peaty malt, toffee taste. Really nice.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose is dominated by raisin and toffee. Palate is dry and bitter. Flavor is caramel, toffee, cereal and dark fruits.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours clear brown with reddish tint. Brief head. Nose is malty and fruity with slight wood and spice notes. Mostly toffee and stewed fruits. Tastes similar to both Highlandís Gaelic Ale but the spice and hops lean to their Cold Mountain as well, but more alcohol than either. Malt profile has a bit of a creamy amber note, which isnít my favorite, but the fruitiness is nice. Solid.
ilovedarkbeer (2447) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to travita. Nose is caramel, citrus, and burnt bread. Taste is dark karo syrup and some citrus. I donít know if I stopped trying with descriptors but I did right "booooring" in my tasting notes.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of thenewguy, thanks george! Fruity caramel malts on the nose with hints of a spiciness, dark fruits, cherries. Pours a reddish amber with a thin head. Very rich malty flavors, dark cherry, light molasses, creamy and smooth with a slight bite at the end. Not bad.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. deep red pour with an off white head... English hop notes... deep body with dark fruit... sweet malt body... strong finish. Very enjoyable and would make for a nice after dinner sipper.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out a dark brown / red color with a tan head on it. Smells sweet and fruity, some raisins and sugar in the nose. Taste is similar with a slight alcohol burn. Interesting beer that, sadly, is no longer around. These guys make some good beers for their special releases, they just need to hit a good winner with something that goes in six packs.
bubbleflubber (2035) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby-brown into the glass, with a minimal head that leaves trace lace. The nose has lots of brown sugar and dark fruits, with hints of spiced bread. The flavors are similar, but slightly drier, with just a touch of bitter to close the finish. Also noted are biscuits and flour throughout the mid-palate. Alcohol is noted at the very end, especially as the brew warms. Medium-bodied with a slightly dry texture contrasting the dark fruits makes for a nice old ale. Decent character for this Highland offering.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma of dates and sugar plums. Flavor seems drier than the aroma would suggest. Hints of leather and wood. Solid.
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Re-review April of 2011
Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized.
A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head
S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin.
T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish.
M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in.
D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? Itís a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence.