Hophead22 (2814) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle ’04 vintage, thanks to Swolf3. Pours very dark, murky brown. Nice off-white head. Slightly sour maltiness. Very nice flavor, smooth and very rich. Very good
GMCC2181 (1431) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle courtesy of me! 2005 vintage. Cork popped off, which is always a good sign. Color was ruby brown, and a small head that faded quickly. Aroma was fruity. Taste better then it smells. Good balance between malt and sweet fruits and spices. No bitterness to it. Texture was average, same as the carbonation level. I am not to familiar with "old ales" so I was not expecting much, imo...its just an average session beer.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle ’05 vintage. Thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy beige head. Abundantly sweet and oxidized nose. Brown sugar, lots of oxidized malts, lemons, sweet spices, dough, caramel, raisins, and grassy hops. Sweet oxidized malt flavors. Cherries, plums, brown sugar, charred malts, dough, biscuit, and caramels. Piney and grassy hops in the finish. With this much oxidation, I could see how people wouldn’t be into it. But I thought the oxidized malts worked really well with the other notes. Solid beer.
drewbeerme (3686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. 2005 vintage. thanks to eclectic for this wonderful extra. pours chestnut reddish brown with creamy tan head. aroma is doughy, nutty, oxidized malt, hints of chocolate. flavor is doughy, nutty, chocolate, slightly and nicely oxidized. full mouth feel, smooth body. pretty nice aged brew. not sure it could handle much more age.
bu11zeye (11262) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy brown with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, plum, sulfur, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, toffee, caramel malt, and toasted bread.
dyetube (1114) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DFW Tasting 6/8/08 Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing! This beer poured an amber color with a thin head. Not too much to say about this one. It was o.k. but not great. Cheers!
travita (3114) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colored with an ok head. Smell is fruits, sweet, caramel, and maple sugar. Taste is about the same as the smell just a touch plainer. Medium body and sticky. Very good.
TonyDiUlio (640) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice beer, great for sipping and enjoying after dinner. Very dark with a red body. Jred called it right with the dark fruit aroma. Im Bologna for the record. Flavor of malts and alc. Very good, worth getting
jredmond (4104) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle split with bologna. Pours hazy, cloudy dark red body with small off-white head. Some lacing. The aroma is dark fruit - prunes and raisin. The taste is malt, barley, and some strong alcohol.
Glouglouburp (5613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A rich caramelized yet very fruity juicy beer. Excellent.
How: 750ml bottle, 4 years old (2004 vintage). Tasting session on my roof with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy orange-copper body with a medium beige head
In long: Luxuriant full body with a crunchy rich caramel flavour. Toffee, citrus fruits and apricots join in. That beer skilfully mix an almost decadent maltiness with a juicy hopping. Some earthy notes. An overall extra smooth feeling despite the heavy flavour profile. Yet another Old Ale that is different from just about all other Old Ale I’ve had, I really don’t get that style but this beer was excellent. It was a 2004 bottle drank in 2008, I guess that makes it a Very Old Ale.