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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
The Benchmark is our limited-edition, annual release. It is a pale old ale,with a great malt palate, subtle hop presence, and a high gravity (9.9% alc/vol). We brew it once a year, fermenting half with ale yeast and the other with lager yeast. When it’s ready, we blend the two and finish it with Champagne yeast and age it for many months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3455) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
kp’s Fest of 26. Clear medium brown with a fleeting head. Complex aroma, dark caramel, dried fruits, figs. Moderate sweetness. Straddles the fence that separates the Old Ales from the Barleywines. Good beer whatever you choose to call it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours a lighter than expected medium bright amber with a nice thin beige head. Aroma is verry hoppy for an old ale- light citrus, and floral and a crisp smooth light caramel malt. Nice intense hop bitterness but gets a bit astringent towards the end. Malty- light caramel malts throughout but overall it is a bit light in body and flavor and you get some alcohol hotnes in the end. I wasnt impressed- and it really made me think of a BW rather than an Old ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Caramel and malty aroma. Fruity notes. Raisins and plums. Malty and sweet flavor. Dry tasting. Finish is sweet. Medium bodied. Nice and dry. Really drinkable. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2006
I finally get to tackle another beer that has eluded me for a while. This time, I get to drink the most of a bomber. Aroma is a nicely soaked fruit cake withn caramel. The head doesn’t last long and these’s just the slightest amount of oxidation in this ’03. Tastes like a light barleywine, which makes me just love Old Ale’s. Nice and dry to go along with a mellow sweetness. Really, reslly nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Dark pour big fluffy head great lace4 Big malty aroma light spice toffee smells big Pal is full & creamy Flavor is very sweet mellow flavor lots of carmel & brown sugarz with a warm swallow Very nicly balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
Plums raisins and grapes greet the nose along with a suggestion of smoke. Mild butterscotch is present but does not distract overly. Clear, deep amber brown body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to a partial cover and ring. Strong fruitiness, maple and caramel in the sweet, nutty flavour along with mild graininess and some light touches of alcohol. Fairly sweet and sugary with tea-like tannins emerging in the aftertaste. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, cathschlag, MartinT, Rastacouere, Olivier_MTL, Siroy and Yowie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2006
Bottle: Bright caramel in color, hazy, thin to moderate foamy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Rich malty nose, subtle hints of caramel with a hint of butterscotch.   Biscuity malt flavor, light caramel sweetness, smooth, finishes clean but a little light.   Likely because of its age.   ABV is very well hidden, but this beer is very warming.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Light caramel malt finish.   Likely lost a bit over the years, but still clean and fairly tasty.   Mucho thanks Tad for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a very pretty, warm amber with a small, rough head. Sweetish, caramelish nose. Full-bodied with lots of sweet caramel and some nutty accents. This is really closer to a Barley Wine in style. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 250306

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
Typical body, nose is walnuts coral and carmel. Flavour has a fruit background, nutty sweet with some hop bitterness finishing the tounge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of caramel with something unpleasant. Flavor of caramel and hops with a bitter finish. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture abd soft carbonation.

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