DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours a dark red color with a bubbly tan head that you can hear fizzle out. Very sweet aroma, strong malt background, lots of raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet, lots of malts, caramel, alcohol. Alcohol is a little on the strong side, and itís too sweet for my tastes, but I guess thatís typical for the style. Itís pretty good.
yackery (159) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2010 vin 12oz bottle. Pencil-thin, fresh, sandy head soon dissolves to a speck or two of foam. Itís an inviting amber color, though murky, but prettily translucent: a lot like looking though a gem, actually. The taste surprised me because it is a pale blend, but it is a perfect one for my preference of stout. While the ABV 11.7% - 30% more than the same brewerís Imperial Russian Stout, Old Rasputin - subdues the nose to almost nothing (no - no boozy knee-jerk), the most prevalent aroma is coffee / toffee. This beer forgoes the oil of Old Rasputin for alcohol but sacrifices nothing to satisfying the palate. At this proof, this beer is made for sipping. But each sip is for savoring.
The glass empties to the last, most sensual sip - port notes. The well-nursed "dregs" of a glass of this barleywine are the most satisfying. Exquisite!
cernjoh (159) - 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.
alberti92 (159) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours murky amber with a thin disappearing head. Body is full with low carbonation. Aroma is intense. Boozyness is very evident but is slightly masked by sweet burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is just as complex and amazing as the aroma. A sugary sweetness begins the palate which then develops into port. The finish is slightly bitter with a very warming hit of booze at the end of the palate with flavours of dried nuts, sultanas and apricots remaining as an after taste. Great beer
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring into the pilsner is a beautiful reddish colored ale, creating a really nice head. It smells very malty and upon the 1st tase, a slight taste of licorice hits the back of your throat. A very good and smooth ale
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2011, poured 7/12/2012. Beautiful Red/Amber color. Low carbonation. High alcohol taste and aroma.
Appearance: amber/red, clear, minimal head
Taste: light sweetness, alcohol
Palate: full body, creamy, flat
Caskalefan (157) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderfully sophisticated English style old ale.
Nose and flavor of apples, grapes, port, sherry, caramel, toffee, and pears in brandy.
Syrupy and yet almost ethereal body which is mouth-coating, and yet paradoxically sprightly.
Incredible execution of an old ale that will, undoubtedly become even more stupendous with age.
Serving type: bottle
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack.