DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old Tom's label says "Barley Wine" but underneath it a tiny black sticker says "Style Ale" (importers?) This rather complex beer comes out of the bottle looking like black coffee...until you see the light hitting it and sending out flickers of lovely garnet red. Quite striking. The beer has medium carbonation and a small lacy tan head. Aromatics are not as malt saturated as you might expect and there's noticeable toffee, maybe chocolate and bark (licorice, or sassafras) or root-like characteristics. Nice, but subtle herbal hops and dried fruit, too. The mouthfeel is rich and silky, not syrupy, well flavored and very drinkable. The finish is pleasantly bitter and almost dry. Nice, but somehow not a home run.
overtheline (85) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, this is aggressive. 330ml bottle pours deep ruby brown with small head that soon dissipates. Nose is super non representative, pretty mild with some roasted chestnut, liquorice and unidentified sweets. Definitely has a bit of Roche about it on the nose. Tons of liquorice on the taste and shedloads of booze. After the taste buds recover there is some lingering roasted malty sweetness on the finish. Bonkers
Scotbrew (59) - - JUL 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, caramel malt to the fore and noticeable alcohol not unlike a sticky dessert wine.
Taste is similar with a sweet and slightly cloying mouthfeel, little bitterness and some alcohol warmth.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with brown notes. Thin beige head.
Chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, rubber, malt, smoke and citrus in the nose. Somewhat acidic.
Cookie, dark chocolate, liquorice, fruits in the flavour. Round with sweetness and dry bitter finish.
wolfcarnival (154) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from paradise market. i hadnt tried it before so i got a couple and took em home and drunk em while playing some diablo which was fun as fuck. also my tattoo was healing so i couldnt do much else. who am i kidding, id be drinking and playing games anyway fuck you ill do what i want i went outside on saturday
so it pours a dark ruby brown with little head. smell is nice. mushy malty caramel, cookie dough. tastes sweet and boozy. faint wet english hops but really its the pulpy sweetness and alcohol that comes through. its not got a lot goin on, but yea its an old strong english beer. its not like its trying to be subtle
mauroruellas (390) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coloração acastanhada,creme bege fino com duração mediana;ótimo aroma apresentando malte tostado,toffee,melaço,caramelo,frutas secas;sabor complexo,encorpado,aveludado e ao mesmo tempo equilibrado,aparecendo álcool,malte tostado e torrado,chocolate,notas picantes e um suave amargor finalizando,final seco e agridoce. Ótima cerveja,complexa,equilibrada e saborosa,para ser degustada com calma,recomendo com louvor.
drmet (278) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
-pours a clear ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-huge toffee,caramel,chocolate,nutty,molasses,plums,rais coffee
-syrup,molasses,chocolate,nutty,slight coffee,toasty finish
-medium-high carbonation (overcarbonated for the style),medium-full body
Really good Old Ale
Camons (7633) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a creamy offwhite head, lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, bread, berries, wood. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, malty, caramel, light chocolate, wood, berries, some sweet fruit, light alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, light warming alcoholic finish. 110615
peyto567 (30) - London, - JUN 9, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
maybe I’m just getting bored of pales but this is gorgeous. its easy to see from this why the most innovative us breweries are obsessed with emulating old british beer styles. molasses, treacle and roasted malts are leavened with a drying hop bitterness. hearty and sophisticated.
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours brown small beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty, plums, dark berries, slight roast, peaches, bread and lot of more. Taste is sweet and roast bitter, grass, berries, some dark chocolate,slight coffee, caramel. Sharp spicy-bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body. Really good beer.
sinte (410) - Udine, ITALY - MAY 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown body with some reddish nuances; large, creamy, tan head, mostly lasting with lacing.
Moderate malty (caramel) and light-to-moderate hoppy aroma with notes of dried fruits, raisins and some alcohol.
Moderate sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour; bitterness is more evident in the finish.
Medium-to-full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation.