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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This full bodied beer is dark brown in color, with a distinct malty sweetness and notes of caramel.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
25 oz bottle, 2005 vintage, from Phoenixville location. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown colored body under a foamy beige one finger sized head. Generous carbonation retains head for the duration. Aroma is malt dominated with just the slightest hint of sherry like oxidation. A hint of alcohol, lots of toffee and caramel, and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is an all out malt bomb, but not as much depth or complexity as I was hoping for. Heavy caramel malt without much sweetness thankfully, finishing with that light oxidation note. Some light alcohol and tobacco flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slight chewiness, and a little stickiness on the finish. Moderate slightly fizzy carbonation doesn’t really add or detract. This was decent, but not among the best I’ve had. A commendable effort.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2007
Sampled at Argo0’s tasting. 2004 vintage. Dark amber with an off-white head. Brown sugar, light smoke and apple in the aroma. Flavor of toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, light earthy grassy hops and a hint of pear. Full, round and creamy body with lively, fine-beaded carbonation. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
750mL bottle, 2004 vintage, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a hazy, medium reddish-orange color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Nougat and candy sugar aroma; hints of dried fruit. Medium-to-full chewy mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, dried dark fruits; warm, creamy vanilla character throughout. Lengthy, wet malt and nougat finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2007
(75cl bottle, 2004 vintage) Small tan head atop cloudy dark amber body with flecks. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel, some raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel, raisin. Medium-full body, some stickiness, very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle, 2004 Vintage. Pours copper.orange/amber, with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, raisins, toffee, and a little chocolate. Flavor is malt, fruit, raisins, toffee, and caramel. Really a nice job on this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Hazed copper color with a small swirl of light beige bubbles. Stewed raisins, plums and prunes in the aromas. Light hints of strawberries and alcohol. Full caramel flavors, with lightly toast nuts and mild chocolate. a light mild old ale that just says, here I am enjoy and don’t think to much. Thanks Chuck.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Another excellent beer provided by MIBRomeo! 2004 Holiday vintage. Poured a dark, lightly hazy caramel with a darker middle and a creamy, tall off-white head. Nose was of sweet toffee candy and semi-sweet chocolate with some floral, herbal, and mild pine hoppage.. smelled great! Flavor was of sweet, grainy caramel, toffee, chocolate, and candy with some complimentary alcohol driving it well across the palate. Palate was creamy with moderate oxidation and a couple sharper alcohol points on the tongue. Very good beer! Thanks Chuck!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Translucent and cherry-amber in color with an icy grey sheaf and a bubbly tan crème wrung on top for the head. Butterscotch, peat, caramel cardboard and crystallized ginger roll into brown sugar and then into the nose. Medium-flavored chocolate and cinnamon add their contributions to the dry, English chocolate toffee portrayal. Pecans get dashed with paling chocolate powder. Prunes get broiled and sealed with a chocolate wax shell. Fuller-bodied and splendidly balanced, with bock butterscotch intuitions and malted chocolate balls riding the coattails throughout and especially into the end. Thanks, Chuck!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thanks to MIBRomero for opening this during the tasting. According to him it was a 2004 vintage. Old ales are an interesting style - I would not mind getting my hand on some more. Most of them are fun, easy to drink and somewhat complex. This one is no exception.

Aroma / Appearance - A one finger off-white head left traces down the side of the glass. Underneath was a mocha shaded body which gave off an aroma of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and baker’s chocolate. Overall it was a little on the sweet side.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was thick and chewy. Caramel, malts and blueberries highlighted a sweet taste. In the background was honey and a light alcoholic burn. While not extremely complex it was easy to drink. I could finish off a 750 of this alone over the course of one night.


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