sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, brown sugar, some fruits. Flavor, caramel, some apple, prunes and a faint alcohol. Some floral and fruity hops towards the end.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 2004 vintage via trade with Hopdog! - Thanks Steve! - Poured dark amber with a short offwhite head and lots of lace. Aromas of caramel mostly with some slight pine and maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is lots of caramel as well, some toffee notes in there too and toasted malts. Slight hops at the finish as well. Good sweet sticky mouthfeel and medium body with a slight bitterness on the finish. Nice brew.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 holiday vintage. Huge caramalization on the nose. Very smooth and velvety texture in the body. The caramalization just clings to your palate for dear life well after the finish. Strong notes of vanilla, brown sugar and creme Brulee.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy brown color, off white head. Aroma is vodka and grain alcohol. Flavor is sweet and boozy some port and brandy notes to it. A bit of spice... ehh...n ot getting it.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Slightly hazy, deep orange/amber body. Thin, light beige head, moderate retention. Thin lacing. Aroma is of fruit galore! Caramel malt is plentiful as well. So vibrant and lively. Malt and oaky notes in a happy marriage. Some toasted grains are noted. A slight cereal graininess is pleasing. Flavor is massive fruit again, fun and so focused. Super tasty. Peaches appear first and foremost, then tangerine and apricot, some dates too. Though sweet, even for the style, an excellent sense of balance is here. Finishes semi-sweet and somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Very good.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, red apple and pear. Big, bold, crystal/caramel malt backbone balanced by earthy, minerally hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Very Scotch Ale-like to me. State Fair-caramel apple finish. boboski, boboski, heís our man, if he canít do it, no one can!
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy boboski. 2005. Poured a slightly cloudy reddish-brown with a thin white head. Caramel and dark pit fruit notes are up front with a good malt presence. Slight alcohol aroma. Smooth moderately sweet caramel taste, with a mild spice component and a mild sour finish. Sweeter than I expected, but never. Very drinakble.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours a glowing dark red, with a very thin, brilliant white head. Big, fruity caramel smells dominate the aromas. Almost like candy. Cherry and sweet fruits come to mind. The taste is sweet as well, a lot of caramel, low carbonation, but very full flavored. Pretty smooth finish, a touch bitter, but mostly sweet. Quite tasty. Really good old ale, that doesnt taste too old.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle courtesy of Hopdog. Pours copper with a nice tan head. Smells of spices, roses, caramel, toffee, some tea, and dough. Tastes of spices, pepper, sugary and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is velvety with a syrup/sugar/semi-bitter finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 Holiday vintage bottle shared by MIBRomeo on 12/16/06: Pours a hazy mahogany with a nicely-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet, slightly oxidized caramel malt with some toasty notes. Body starts sweet and caramely malty with some mild complexity. A pretty decent old ale.