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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Old Ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, opened Christmas Day. Dark brown with a nice dark beige head. Some brown sugar, yeast, warming alcohol, oak. some dark cherries and various pit fruit but not overly sweet which is nice, moderate carbonation and body, very slight tang but more semi-sweet then anything, warming finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2683) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Shared 1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured to snifters with a murky brown color, a modest layer of off white head foam that diminished expeditiously to a ring & film, and left some spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was an ultra vinous nose, with caramel, and brown sugar sweetness. A bit less than medium bodied, the taste was more tart and dry, with an almost sour grape flavor, not necessarily warming, but some alcohol presence, and only light sweetness on the finish. Some Old Ale qualities, as the barreling seemed to lend more of a sherry/port nature to the brew. I don’t know about saving Christmas, but fairly tasty for the occasion nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beardaxe (288) - - DEC 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a large novelty wine glass (hey, it's the holidays and I'm visiting my parents). I was excited to try this and Christmas Eve seemed like the perfect time. Unfortunately, the beer was very disappointing. First off, I have suspicions the beer was infected. The entire thing carried a sharp, tart flavor that felt out of place. It wasn't as strong as other infected beers I've had though which is why I'm not sure. Aside from that, it lacked any sort of coherent flavor. The oak is barely present and adds nothing to the beer while I would venture to guess that maybe 5% of people would guess that this was anything close to an old ale. Would like to try again to see if I just got a bad bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3392) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
500mL bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Underneath the white wax was a murky, brownish-orange grime. It almost seemed like it was rust or something. The aroma initially has some acidic, lightly putrid tartness. This seems to dissipate relatively quickly. Behind is it some sweet, chocolate notes, and a little woody oakiness. Mostly opaque dark mahogany body with a really fizzy tan head, which dissipates in an average manner. Starts with a dry, tart, acidity. The middle has some chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Finishes with a little bit of leather, and a long, warming sensation. I would love to try this beer if it were un-infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Brown pour, light brownish head. Flavors of dark fruit, some vanilla, tobacco, leather, woddy notes, some alcohol warmth, toffee. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Greg’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, cocoa, dark fruity, pie crust, and espresso in the aroma. Taste is tangy, dark fruity, bready, caramel, raisins, prunes, grapes, and spice with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Decent Christmas Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
50cl bottle pours with a murky dark amber body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up red apples, prunes, winter spices and then raisins. The taste has some sweet malts, ripe apricot and red apple and then winter spices coming to the surface toward midway. Pretty enjoyable mix of notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2747) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours darker roasted chestnut with a beige head. Aroma brings winter spice and some sweet malts. Flavor is more sweet malts with a very subtle tang at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11801) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown, but arguably ruddy, with a creamy/fizzy tan head. Aroma is mildly woody, somewhat fruity, and a little leathery. Hint of chocolate? Arguably full bodied. It’s a little sweet, seems to have chocolate, arguably berry fruit. Tobacco or leather sort of thing. Mild woody astringency. !10% WTF! This stuff drinks like - well way, way too easy. Complex ale with lots of flavor suggestives. Finishing sort of woody/fruity bitter with some hints of sweet things. Amazing ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (992) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark reddy brown color without much head. Strong raspberry aroma. Raspberry flavors dominate. Nice balance against a mild sweetness.

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