NeZZeN (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell is almost port wine malty oak.
Almost no head that quickly falls to nothing and relatively no lacing.
Now the taste is really intriguing, with lots of sweet rye malt with a little of the port and oak. Moderate carbonation with some warmth and a bit of alcohol through the nose.
The feel is smooth and a little prickly from the carbonation....very nice as it warms.
Overall a very good cold evening brew.
charule (602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle my friend picked up from the brewery. Poured hazy reddish brown with tan head. Strong pleasant oak wine aroma. Moderately smooth assertive oak taste which is very complex.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/07/2010: Ithaca Excelsior! Old Habit (Batch #E!017)... Aroma: Spciy, yeast; smells a bit like a barleywine might. Appearance: Caramel color. Flavor: Malty, marginally sweet; caramel; nutty finish; alcohol through the nose for sure. Palate: Medium-bodied; not overly carbonated; feels airy on the tongue. Overall: Pretty good.
1 Pint 9.4 Fl Oz bottle (Alc. 9% by Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #196 for this beer.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby plum pour with a thin ring of off white head .... aroma of oak, light vanilla, dark fruits, caramel malts, earthy and a little boozy with some nuttyness .... taste is of dark fruits, light whiskey flavor (vanilla mostly), oak and a nutty/caramel malt flavor .... dry oaky finish with a nice dark fruity flavor .... definitely an intense barrel flavor and dry with a nice barleywine flavor and aroma
RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce shared bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and whiskey. Taste is caramel, whiskey, fruit, yeast, and spice. Pretty good.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml bottle. This one became tough to rate since it exploded upon opening and continued to foam for 25 minutes. Once it had calmed down, there was a hazy dark amber colored liquid. The nose had some berry fruitiness surrounded by infection and wood. The flavor also had quite a bit of infection. Disappointing because I like most of their beers.
GT2 (7033) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL at Campdown Brewdown. Hazy mahogany pour. Yellow sticky foam. Nose is tomato, sugar, bourbon, red wine. Acetobacter comes through. Taste is boozy, heavy, sugary, with Indian curry spice. Very strange.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle c/o hobbie100. Thanks Richard!
Shared with Matt, Jeff, and Adam.
A: Old Habit appears a dark walnut shade, with yeast sediment in suspended animation. The floaties are trapped in the beer! Donít fret, Iíll get them out. The beer has a light, khaki head akin to the pants Iím forced to wear to work on occasion. The head has some serious staying power. When it finally gets off the top of my beer, it leaves a mess all over the glass.
S: Funky tree branches soaked in whiskey barrels that were left out in the rain. Also lurking in there is a large and in charge malt presence.
T: This beer has a fair amount of complexity about it. Itís odd and funky. Some say itís infected. I donít necessarily subscribe to that point of view. There are a few pungent scents and flavors, but I donít think there is a bacterial (yeast) infection. No need to get the brewerís Monistat at your local homebrew store. Itís just woody.
Maybe the brewer went on vacation and was like:
"Honey, did you take that beer out of the oak barrel like I asked you to?"
"Sorry dear I thought you said add more oak to the barrel."
M: There is a formidable alcohol presence and a hoppy, bitter finish. Where did that come from? The hops mustíve sneaked out and jumped in the wrong brew kettle.
D: Splitting a bottle four ways was a good move. This beer was half-decent, but not something Iíd want to drink too much of.
squidknuckle (20) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml crown cap marked "Released: June 07" and "Bottle# 1575" purchased at the brewery in Oct 2008. Stored fairly well. Light hiss upon opening. Poured gingerly, but no need, beer very mellow. Slow to form quarter inch head which quickly died to very minimal lacing. Dark brown leaning red. Aromas of candied apple, whiskey, and bran muffin. Well integrated alcohol considering overtones of whiskey flavor. Smooth, unctuous masterful texture. Tastes like rye whiskey and whole wheat waffles. Lower carbonation utterly persistent right to the murky dregs. Would absolutely buy and age again.
EithCubes (4410) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle acquired from JahNoth in May 2008, thanks! Batch E!007, capped only. Nose has chocolate, heavy caramel and resin, light smoke, tar and ash, molasses. Murky caramel-brown pour with a short but pretty tan head. Taste reminds of an aged Bigfoot, with all the dulled hops and sledgehammer malt profile, but with the smokier, devilish character of an Old Ale. Somewhat oily body at first, low and smooth bitterness, lots of spicy rye and smooth woody tones. Vanilla and gentle earth (humus-silky). Alcohol well-integrated, gentle warming. Elegant, classy brew, a perfect winter sipper.