deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours black with a brown head that dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of dark grains and dark bread with a hint of roast. Flavor has notes of dark grains and dark fruits with some dark bread as well.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #151. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, mild clay. Taste is tart fruit, clay, roasted malts, candied fruit. Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. 50th Old Ale!
jtclockwork (8026) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBWG. My last rate of the Grand Tasting. Asheville 2014. Pours brown with off white head. Nose and taste of dark fruit, coffee, cocoa, molasses and malt. Medium body.
italarican (1476) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Nose has earthy coffee and dark fruit notes. Flavor is primarily coffee with moderate ethanol hotness. Not a ton going on surprisingly, but solid nonetheless.
dfearnley (889) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Candied fruit, rum, chocolate, ginger, roasted malt, and oats. Black, no head. Taste is dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, ginger, nutmeg, dark rum.
Foffern (1168) - Bodø, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Courtesy of ClubGonzo. Pours a cloudy deep brown to black colour with a medium, creamy, light brown head. Has nice roasted aroma with dried fruit, leather, chocolate truffles, sweet malt, sweet oat biscuit and some licorice. The flavour has more roasted malt, coffee beans and ash. Has a slick and rich mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A smooth and well-balanced old ale. Nice roasted tones as well.
BeerandBlues2 (9459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is treacle, molasses, dates, figs and prunes, earthy and spicy hops with roast malt. Flavor is malt dominant with molasses, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour. Beige creamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity (prunes, blackberry), peppery, roasty and dried fruits notes. Flavor is malty, fruity with raisins and chocolate tones, ending in a gently roasty, slightly fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.
aenima (242) - Askim, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity aroma. Chocolate and fruity. A little sweet but not owerwelming. Very nice.
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at CASC, Aberdeen. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is vinous, wood, plummy, fruit cake, fruity esters, toast, faint bubblegum. The taste is vinous, toasty, earth, plum, prune, jammy, treacle, varnish, grape skin and wood with a dry finish. Medium+ body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Slick, good depth and well-balanced. Very nice stuff.