squidknuckle (22) - 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.
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 750mL bottle shared with the Nashville crew. Pours clear but very dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick lace. The nose is caramel and toffee with raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon oak. The flavor is a touch sweet with the vanilla, caramel, and raisin up front, moving to spicy rye and lightly bitter cinnamon. The body is full with very lively carbonation and a long caramel, toffee, and lightly bitter finish.
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch E!017. Mahogany with beige head. Huge gusher which we eventually got under control. Nice semi-sweet maltiness, chewy, prune, raisin, rye, oak, quite dry and becomes more bitter on the finish, carbonation actually dies down and becomes quite nice with a moderate body. Balanced and enjoyable.
AirForceHops (6272) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Batch E 045. With ABV of 9 %. Purchased at One Stop Market. Dark brown/ Black color, thin fast vanishing head. Nose is large oak with hints of whiskey, light dark fruit.
Flavor is mostly the same. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Starts with light rye with earthy malt and hints of tannins oak. Lightly vinous with red grapes. Is this infected? Lightly sour oak that lingers for awhile. I get mostly oak, dark fruit and red grape notes. Where is the whiskey? Because I only get oak. Not bad, still drinkable but not nearly what I had hoped for.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a murky dark brown with a thin loose head of foam that fell before I even picked up the glass. Nose is lovely. Mellow and spicy rye. Deep but not too bold. A light airy wood and a modest sweet whiskey. Dry dark fruit like raisins, nuts and a touch of expansive malt sweetness like toffee and caramel. A fragrant bit of vanilla and I can’t wait to taste this. Taste is lovely. Spicy rye that has become modest with a bit of age and from the oak barrel. Deep and tall rye flavor that is not unbounded like most rye ales but rather proper and containing all it’s loveliness so that you can have it but so that it does not overrun the other flavors. A touch of smooth vanilla and airy wood. A surprise in some brilliant tart cherry. The cherry really enlivens the palate and lets you taste all the malt sweetness by contrast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with some tiny prickly bubbles in the finish. A small warming form the alcohol Smooth and very mellow. This one awesome beer.
Lothore (624) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- As others have stated, this one is a gusher. I opened it in the sink and it quickly gushed out as i poured it into my glass. Very cloudy, murky brown color with a huge, tan head.
S- Dark fruit, toffee, raisin and a lingering funky sweetness that worries me.
T- Bold whiskey notes, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar and a tart cherry finish. The cherry is very possibly an infection and it just throws the balance out of whack. Either my bottle wasn’t at the stage of the last two reviews or the infection hasnt nearly taken hold as much but it is still there, lingering.
M- Thick with lots and lots of carbonation.
D- This is not entirely undrinkable in it’s current state however it looks like sour cherry notes are pushing it there and it’s not nearly the beer it is supposed to be. I wasn’t able to finish my glass and drainpoured the rest of the bottle. Worth a shot I suppose.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly of caramel/crystal malt with some dark fruit in the background. Flavor picks up more of the barrel aging notes with some ripe fruit, caramel, oak, and booze coming through. Slightly bitter finish.
NeZZeN (7) - 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 (2178) - New York, New York, 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 (3635) - Cincinnati, 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 (2904) - 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