mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 [2358-20090731] Bottle. Burnt wood shavings aroma has mild minty licorice notes. Hazy, dark brown orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy malt wood flavour is heavy. Full body. Noticeable alcohol, quite good otherwise. (8/3/7/3/16) 3.7
(Vintage 2005; w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)
[4409B-20120504] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Smoky toasted fruit skins and light mint aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a quick creamy light tan head. Bold toasted boozy grains flavour has a light roasted mint finish. Medium-full body is quite boozy. Tasty but sneaky. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(Vintage 2007; c/o blankboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 2102-05-04. Hazy dark amber body, small beige head. 3+ Flavour is malt forward, light alcohol lingers in the finish. Light fruit notes, hints at raisins. Dark fruit grows slowly. Very light oxidation. Aroma is similar, fruity malt and light alcohol. Pretty nice, quite drinkable. 7/4/8/3+/16 2007 Vintage bottle, shared by Blankboy.
2009-07-31. Hazy brown body with a foamy beige head. (3+) Sweet aroma of caramel, rasins, figgie puddin, sweet malt. (8+) Flavour is similar, sweet caramel, fruit, dark fruit/figs, dates. Sweet malty base. Lovely. (8+) Smooth medium bodied palate. Really good! 2005 Vintage Bottle at BCTC 2009
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2005 at BCTC. Pours a hazy brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Caramel, slightly oxidized plum notes. Malty, with some caramel and plum echoes, on a nice chewy body. Finishes lightly bitter.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BCTC 2009: The 2005 version. Pours a murky deep orange copper with an off white well retained film. Rich fruity malt aroma- some vanilla, honey, and plummy notes with a prune skin bitterness. Slick chew body. Thick caramel flavor with plummy richness and a spicy fruit skin bitterness. Tastes a bit old with some oxidized sherryish notes. A fairly nice Old Ale.
bubbleflubber (1635) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber-copper pour, not quite transparent, with a huge frothy tan 4-finger head that dissipates well, leaving chunky lace down the glass. The nose contains nice malty sweetness. The flavors follow in tow, very malty with nods to caramel. There are also some woody notes, without being earthy or smoked. This follows mid-palate with some nice dark chocolates. The finish just closes kindly on the flavors, leaving a touch of alcohol (rare for the actual ABV) and just the slightest hints of a spiced hop. All of the complexities work very well together, and although the mouthfeel is thick and full, it is an extremely smooth quaff. The full palate is best explored when the sitting temperature is allowed to rise about 20 minutes from removal of refrigeration. Cheers, and a great job on this one to Iron Hill!
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage holiday, shared with my girlfriend Cyn and our friend Paul with Dinner. Pours orangey copper with a tan head. Nose is rich with caramel and quite malty. Taste is rich and very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. Yum.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Crystal clear dark rubied orange. Dark amber in the middle. Headless, laceless. Oranges, spruce, chocolate, and mint on the nose. Creamy medium body. The oranges, spruce, chocolate, and mint all come back for the mid-palate. Spizy, minty finish. Very nice stuff.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle (2007 Vintage): Aroma of caramel, raisins, astringent, malts, slight alcohol, slight honey, dark ripe fruit, and is lightly vinous. Smells like an English barley wine. Poured deep amber/orange/brown in color with a a small beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Appears there are small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, caramel, raisins, tar, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Thin, sticky texture.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a small head that disappears. Rich toffee aroma, sourdough bread, molasses and caramel. Flavor is of caramel, plumbs, spices and nuts.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Holiday Vintage 2008. Need to let this one age for a bit longer. Decent carbonation. Thin head that recedes quickly. Sweet caramel malts, raisins, cherry and some butterscotch. Color is a very impressive crimson brown. Noticable alcohol presence and kick. Seems like more than the 7.2% it claims. Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, caramel malts and some peaty and smokey notes. Finishes hot and sweet. A pretty darn sweet brew. Needs to age and mellow for a year or 2. I will get another one and let the next one age a bit.
Tried a second one a year or so later. Much less sweetness and more peat and smoke notes. Still a pretty good brew. Rating up.