Ernest (7343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle #1980. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of raw wood, alcohol, vanilla, hint of nectarine. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, it’s not bad, but it sure leaves a lot to be desired, especially based on the remarkably inflated price ($25 right here where the brewery is). I expect new oak barrels are pretty expensive, but is the final product worth it? Not so much. Aroma can be summed up as four main things: caramel, wood (and lots of it), alcohol, and vanilla. Pretty straightforward and unexciting.
Sledutah (7060) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by boltz7555 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a small beige head and some light lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel candy, herbal and oak
Taste: Caramel, ripe fruits, woody and oak
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky caramel color/ tan head. Toasted caramel, vanilla, wood, spicy aromas. Big sweet bourbon vanilla, toffee, spicy caramel flavors--good.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of rich vanilla, oak, caramel, pepper, some warming alcohol, raisins. Tastes of vanilla, dry malt, spicy, some complimentary alcohol, cherries, raisins. Dry finish. Excellent!
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy red amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, wood, citrus, toast, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of more wood, vanilla, dry tannins, citrus fruit, melon, and a yeasty, somewhat alcoholic finish.
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #1827 thanks to Sam. Pours out a amber/orange topped with a sand head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, sweet caramel, and brown sugar. Taste was more of the sweetness and oak. Thanks Sam
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazed cherry color with light white head and lace. Aroma of sour malt and light apples. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. A medium/light bodied beer. Very nice.
thedm (5776) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation hazy brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and funky. . The mild flavor contained notes of wood and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Deliriumfest’s Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by Deliriumfest. From a 750ml bottle (#1585) pours a semi-hazy brownish amber colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of fruit, vanilla, some roasted nuts and spice. Taste is full bodied, some carbonation with flavors of semi-tart fruit, caramel malt, some oak/vanilla character, a hint of roasted nuts and butter. Finish is semi-sweet with a short lived vanilla and caramel aftertaste.
dmac (5625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the UFC 100 gathering, sorry I forgot who broght this one but I’m thninking RIch or his buddy. First let me say I love me some Old Ales, what a great style. Poured a murky brown with a great full creamy tan head. Aroma is awesome and comlex as an Old Ale should be with notes of wood, coconut, cherry, vanilla, toast and slight alcohol. Body on this one was creamy with slight alcohol warming and softer carbonation, nice. Flavor had lots of sherry notes, wood, and alcohol. This was some really nice stuff.