juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from the Brick Mason series. This one pours a cloudy, burnt orange color with just a reddish hue and topped by a thick head of off white foam that slowly settles to a thin film and leaving a sudsy wash across the glass. The aroma shows a good amount of depth in the malt base with darkly roasted caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, and sweet and bitter orange peel. There is not much in the way of hops to balance out the sweetness. The flavor follows suit with bitter and sweet oranges showing strong along with a touch of star anise spice and licorice followed by toasted oak, vanilla, and burnt caramel malt sweetness. The added anise spice tries to give some balance from the malt sweetness. Nearly full bodied on the palate with moderate carbonation that leads to a lengthy, sweet and slightly warming finish. There is lots of depth and complexity to this one, but I was hoping for a drier finish to help keep the residual sugars at bay. Still tasty stuff.
GenDV138 (2351) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 welcome event. Hazy brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, malt, dark fruit, floral. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, caramel. Medium-light body with a dry syrupy finish.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bus beer, RBWG 2015. Clear amber maroon color. Aroma is mostly caramel. Taste has a bit of sourness.
ronaldtheriot (1401) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red Brick Old Stock Ale (purchased at Matherneís in Laplace, La.) has a very thick, frothy, beige head, a somewhat murky, caramel-brown appearance, some tight bubble streams, and lots of sediment floating about, especially after swishing the bottom of the bottle. Lacing is thick and heavy. The aroma is of dank, old (this bottle is about three years old), bready ale. Maybe, some orange sweetness. Taste is of brown bread crust, sharp, yet not harsh, bitterness, orange, a shade of licorice, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Red Brick Old Stock Ale finishes semi-dry, belchy, and rather easy drinking (for such a high abv). RJT
Ferris (6237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Caramel notes and light plum. Cloudy copper with a decent beige head. Sweet caramel, plum notes and some toffee.
DrSilverworm (7659) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, kind of hazy red orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots and bits of lace. Oxidization, some caramel malt, kind of peppery. Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet, kind of peppery. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Kind of dry. Decent old ale it seems, but I canít get past the oxidization. Would like to try a fresh example.
chinchill (2447) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. (from notes)
Pours a cloudy orange-brown with more than 1 finger of thick tan head. The head is durable, but turns a less appealing chunky with reduction.
Has the aroma of an oak-aged sour ale with a good bit of malt and a hint of spruce. Higher ABV becomes more evident with warming.
T: Plenty of oak flavoring; really too much of it for my tastes and too much given the strength of the other flavor components. Those other components include a bit of prune and over-ripe dark fruit, yeast, and a hint of charcoal. Starts sweet but ends sour. Both sour and bitter components linger on in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body; good carbonation; creamy smooth.
O: I approached this with trepidation, having opened a bottle just a few days earlier that I suspected had gone bad. It was a drain pour. This was much better but still a little challenging, in part due to the resemblance to the spoiled bottle. Eventually, it proved to be interesting and near enjoyable, if a bit too sour for my taste.
nimbleprop (5329) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a murky amber with some very thick, frothy, white head. Nose has a ton of malt and a ton of caramel, dried orange peel, some booze, some cream soda, some red rope licorice. Flavor has a fairly heavy amount of cherry, is it possible infection? Plenty of raisin too, some black peppercorn, some caramel, a little dried apple slices, some orange too. Full, sticky, spicy finish.
SudsMcDuff (6245) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
the abv was really well masked on this one, that was about the only highlight .. dark ruby, mild foam .. . dark sugar and prune skin .. . not bad, just too vanilla .. . .
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Bulk_Carrier (2352) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rcvd in trade. Consumed April 5, 2013.
The appearance is a brown/slightly dark orange body around the sides of the glass with a three finger foamy off-white head that rises and falls fairly quickly, clingy spider web lacing graces the sides
The smell is basically of booze, cherry and vanilla, and just a little bit of oak coming through as the beer warms.
The taste is sweet and tart through previously mentioned flavors, slight lingering graininess, a bit of toffee comes out as the beer warms, tart aftertaste and a dry finish.
The palate is about a medium, comes across semi-sessionable, and is adequately carbonated.
Overall, well, Iím not an old ale expert or fan, but it just seemed a bit tart than other old ales Iíve had. Would I have this again, hmmm .... unsure because Iíd say this is a bit different than other old ales of what Iíve had.
anders37 (18159) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak piney caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty spicy weak piney caramel and dark fruit finish.