EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a 2011 vintage. Decent Barleywine. Pours brown with a just a tinge of red. Slight white head. Scent is hay, grass, and molasses. Despite age, hop characted still existed. Interested to see if this tastes more like a IIPA when fresh. Nice beer. Might like to do a vertical someday. Bottle - Received in Trade
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - APR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - not much there.
Appearance - amber no head on aggressive pour.
Taste - smooth for such high ABV. Not much there for me. Drinks like a session.
Mouth - med carb
Overall - nothing like old stock reserve. Just okay.
cernjoh (142) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.
arnold931 (664) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy and amber in color. Medium thin off-white head. Nice sweetness and warming alcohol.
fitwitchik (369) - USA - APR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a red amber color with minimal head.
Aroma is very boozy dark fruit a lot of sweetness. Caramel. Malts.
Flavor is high ABV syrupy with some clove & toffee. So delicious.
Higher carbonation but know from bottles consumed of earlier years hat this will even
Overall a rock solid Old Ale. Grateful for the ones I have tasted and even more so to lay a few of them down.
Prufrockstar (1209) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Partial vertical for Chubby Liver. 2013, 2012, and 2007. Will rerate this some day when I have one bottle all to myself, but: amber pour. Aroma is huge on raisins when fresh, with the raisins chilling and mellowing more as the age comes in. Toffee, caramel, and raisins/plums, but the raisin really is prominent here. Surprisingly, as I don’t care for real raisins, this was one of my favorites on the night. Full body, mellow and delicious at any age. Love a beer that is just as great aged as it is fresh.
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
2013 vintage. Pours a amber color with little to no head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, port wine. Taste consists of pure maple sugar syrup with a small bitterness. Very sweet. Flavors of caramel, maple fudge, dough, figs, Bleh. This is completely terrible. No.
beertholomeus (957) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich red amber color with a thin white head. Malt, caramel, dark fruit, molasses and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, cherry, plum, raisin, molasses, hop, alcohol and vanilla flavors. Medium full body with mild carbonation. Sweet taste with a warm caramel, dark fruit and alcohol finish. 2014
kingstoni (1597) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, oak and berries. Sour and bitter taste with some sweetness. Medium body. Bitter and sweet finish with some warming alcohol.
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GenDV138 (2017) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft (2014) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a ruby/amber color with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, sweet malt, light hops, caramel, light vanilla. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Low carbonation. Fairly smooth for the ABV.