fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Thanks to SuIIy. 12 oz. bottle from 8/01/04. Dark mahogany with no head at all. Aroma was very sweet with molasses and caramel. Flavor was also sweet and very very malty. Caramel carries through as does the molasses. Add some black cherry and currant and some spice too. What a great beer.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks JCW. A very nice burnished mahojony color, clear, with a well-sustained, tan head. Aroma of cream from a grass fed cow, spicy alcohol, toasted white bread, and caramelized sugar. All of the aroma components are in the flavor (me like) plus warming alcohol, a delectable, sweet density, and caramel that is best described as a melted Werthers Original. WOW.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bright & clear reddish copper color, short foamy/slightly creamy tan head that goes pretty quickly. deep malt aroma that is sweet and vinuous, like raisins soaked in sherry and rum. flavor is like a belgian barley wine - malty and a little sweet but sharp too. some bourbon, some raisin, then just a little hop bitterness and a bit salty in the finish. pretty sticky. very enjoyable "hybrid style", thanks to Styles for this bottle!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This is an excellent old ale. Aroma is somewhat similar to Old Foghorn, with smells of old leaves & branches, tea, figs, and a slight alcohol bite. Flavor is very sweet almost syrupy. Mouth feel is thick like syrup. Finish is dominated by sweetness, but there is a dryness up front from the alcohol and a slight tartness in the finish from the hops. Thanks Chris Styles!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 8-1-04, best by 2010, compliments of Styles. Deep magnificent ruby brown and clear, with little to no head or movement anywhere in the snifter. Very aromatic - cherry sauce, grenadine syrup, maple sugar, cedar, sweet figs and juniper berries. Flavor delivers. Sweet maple and black cherry conjectures. Vinous composure with added brown sugar for dimension. Alcohol is detectable in the slightest of senses. Saffron and lavender seem to take the malt make-up into a sweet hops resonance. Thick, smooth and liquid velvet on the palate, with a finish reminiscent of brandy, then makes a quick sweet statement, and ultimately finishes very dry at the outset. Bravo.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - botlled 08/2004 - thanks Pailhead - Aroma is very malty, carmel, toffee, and molasses. Poured a deep brown with a small ring for head and decent lacing. Flavor is sweet carmel with some carmel on top. A bit of raisin, molasses, and toffee but mostly carmel. It hides the alcohol very well. Palate is smooth and creamy. A different and interesting brew.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this beer.
Poured a dark effervescent ruby with a small off-white head that dissipated completely. Aroma is an interesting tapestry of molasses, caramel, hops, alcohol, and raisins. Taste is sticky and sweet, with notes of molasses, grassy hops, and cinnamon. There’s a hugely aggressive alcohol burn to the finish, but I’m enjoying it. Somewhat reminiscent of a strong, slightly hoppy bock... hmm... Liberator?
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown in colour, thin beige head, some lingering lace. The aroma was woody, some caramel malt, toffee, slightly sweet, no noticable alcohol. The flavour had a toffee sweetness, some oak and vanilla, light alcohol and brown sugar. Slick mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes with a mild bitterness, slightly dry. Nice.
shadey (1818) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red brown color with a spiderweb of head. Very attractive aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Earthy, smoked flavors of sweetness. Nice.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to styles for the bonus brew.the 4th pours a dark brown with a small bubbly head.my nose gathers aromas of brown sugar,bananas,liquorice,and malts.the taste is much of the same with a little alcohol bite.it reminds me of stone vertical 05 with more kick.good stuff,thanks styles.