ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and Iím glad it didnít. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; itís not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesnít quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. Itís actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, itís still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
jpkeskinen (156) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Really strong beer. The taste is a bit sweet. Not as good as I expected.
Hermod (2810) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, vintage 2012. Mahogany color, thin white head. Toffee, malt, wood and sweetness in aroma. Toffee lingering, some alcohol stickyness, malt and some dried fruits. Long sweet finish. Slightly unbalanced and alcohol coming through too much to be enjoyable.
RexTalionis (2131) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and dark
syrup in aroma. Also some dark fruits and vinous notes are present. Quite pleasant aroma
indeed. Dark syrup, malty sweetness and vinous notes in taste. Scaringly easy to drink despite
the quite high abv.
Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with a caramel aroma. Taste is clean but finishes with a burn. Nice high alcohol flavor with a mellow malt flavor. The burn fades quickly, and leaves the chest with a warm tingle. A good beer for the style.
EricTeusink (634) - 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 (57) - - 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 (43) - 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 (183) - 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 (176) - 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 (679) - 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 donít 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.