zach8270 (3159) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a fluffy white head. Very mild and earthy aroma. Some malts and dark fruits as well. Very sweet and malty flavor at the start with a rather harsh and metallic finish. Sweetness is overpowering on the finish.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, bread, cereal, toast, all cam through
color red, brown, clear, tan foam, frothy,
taste medium sweetness, very malty old malt funk too, some carmel toffee notes
overall, was impressed somewhat, nice homebrew!
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a darkish amber color with an off-white head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. There is a good brown sugar and toasted bread note to it and perhaps a little bit of dark fruit character. Pretty nice nose to this. The flavor is a bit less robust, but still enjoyable. A hint of vanilla to go along with the caramel and toffee. Mild molasses and brown sugar and just a touch of black cherry.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade bonus. Pours a hazy, dull amber with some hints of red and copper and a small off-white ring. Aroma of raisins, toffee, figs, sugar, dried apricots, corn syrup, and wood. Flavor of brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel malts, plums, wood, and cereal. Sweet. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, with pretty low carbonation and a chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting old ale, and a nice take on the style.
NeoHippie2 (742) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This one came in the variety sixer as well. Just as bad as the first! I don’t know why Jim Koch even does this. This beer sucked. you taste every bit of that 9%abv too. Harsh, nasty, overly strong. Drain Pour
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle 6/11/10). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Moderate dried fruit/raisin aroma. Flavor of the same, with sweet caramel and bready malt. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Very pretty orange-red, but minimal head and lacing.
Aroma: Lots of figs, plum, toffee and English hops. Slightly earthy but mostly sweet.
Taste: Quite sweet, but not much distinct taste or complexity. Some plums and toffee. A little earthiness and alcohol.
Palate: Moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, but slightly cloying.
Overall: Fairly enjoyable but mild Old Ale overall. This may make it easier to drink than some, but also makes it not quite worth returning to.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: LongShot Old Ben Ale
Date: April 17, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of carmel, lots of drying earthyness, light fruity character
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of caramel candy sweetness, lots of balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear reddish-copper color with a big off-white head with some decent lacing. Complex malty caramel, and nutty aroma. Fruity with raisin and banana aromas as well. Taste is sweet, malty. Dark fruits are prominent throughout, Notes of brown sugar, before a slightly bittering and alcohol warming finish comes through. Full-bodied and soft carbonation Overall, not something I really love but I supposed a well rounded beer that has fairly interesting and complex features. It’s a little sweet for me and does kind of put me to mind as a not so intense barleywine.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with an off white head. Smells earthy with some light sweet citrus, some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, earthy, some tea, some fruity notes on the finish.