HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz. bottle served in a Celebrator glass. Poured a deep reddish brown with a finger of light tan head. Fruit, molasses and a light hop aroma. Nice and malty with more molasses, caramel and some dark fruit. Fair amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Hoppier finish than I would have expected from a British beer. Nice example of a British Old Ale.
jjsint (927) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, gift from somewhere. Dark chocolate brown with a bit of khaki head. Simple aroma of chocolate malt with a hint of sarsaparilla. Taste is sweet and malty like an alcoholic Milo. A hint of bitter hop surfaces at the end. Good balance on the finish. Not a particularly exciting beer, and like the cask erosion I was expecting a bit more at 8.5%.
darioklc (541) - Karlovac, CROATIA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby color with a off white head that fades to bites of lacing. Taste of malt, caramel, trace of chocolate and spices. Mild bitterness and quite clean with a bit of lingering spice. Moderate body, smooth with a unique rich flavor that is enhanced as it warms.
Tmoney99 (11095) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a dark clear brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.
hub66 (172) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur brune; pratiquement pas de mousse; odeur fruitée, vineuse; goût malté avec une légère amertume; les 8,5% se font très dicrets
islay (1253) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-17-14. Pours dark brown with a slight maroon hue and a small amount of beige head. Nice color but I would like to see more head. Tangy, bready aroma emphasizes English yeast. Clay and Play-Doh scents. Not so appealing smell. Bready taste features a licorice flavor as well as burnt prune. Bitter, plummy, toasty. Flavors of red grape and artificial grape. Somewhat bitter, medicinal, licorice-like finish and aftertaste. Not my kind of beer but not offensive. Medium body. Utterly forgettable palate effects.
Giochaurand (93) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with low head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and mushrooms. Full bodied with notes of spicy and roasted nuts.
Hanoi (462) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stunned to find this is unrated. Nose is very malty, slight licorice, very nutty, light dark fruits. Taste is malty, very fruity with plums, berry, raisins, leading to a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel a touch thin.
I don’t know if I’ve changed or the beer has, but it’s not really the Old Tom of my youth, I need to have it again on draft. It’s a decent old ale, nothing more. NB They need to knock the unattributed to ’World Best Beer’ thing on the head.
killroy (64) - BULGARIA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with creamy brownish head. In the aroma fruits, chocolate, caramel may be. Taste of malt and chocolate again, light sweetness.
MisoW (1804) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at work courtesy of Matus. Pours deep brown color, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, lightly bitter, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.
jukkar (14) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, earthy, woody, dark brown, minimal head, light sweetness, salty, lightly bitter, full body, flat, long finish. Very nice and strong ale. I liked it.