matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an outstanding beer! I dig the way the wood plays with the fruity character of the ale, BIG notes of caramel, ripe cherry, plums, dates, hints of vanilla, almonds, and blackberry. Sweet caramel maltyness, and a very mild tartness on the back end. I would drink this all the time if (A) it were available all the time & (B) I could afford to. The mouthfeel is velvety and supple and finishes with the complex hints of an old oxidized Port wine. Lovely beer!
Ferris (1312) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Caramel, raisin, a bit of cherry and booze. Clear amber with a decent beige head. Wood, cherry, toffee and some booze in the finish. A nice easy going balanced strong.
GreatDane1632 (22) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from 2011 -- Brewed in 2009, 2010 bottle. Nice dark brown color barely see-thru, half finger of head that is tan. Deep malty scent with toffee and raisin and a hint of alcohol. Very nice deep flavor, excellent creamy consistency. Complex mix of malt, toffee and trace amounts of hops. Would love to drink another, the flavor profile remained consistent throughout the entire bottle while tasting.
DCLawyer (1168) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle at 8% ABV. Served in a nonic. Lite amber with huge frothy offwhite head. A: caramel malt, bread, raisins, sugar. T: caramel and toffee, raisin, molasses, dark fruit. Complex and rich. Have it with a Heath bar.
icehawk (618) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky light brown with very slight white head. Aroma of apples, dark fruit, spiced cider. Medium body, fairly sweet and a bit chewy. Flavors of spiced cider. Warming alcohol mouthfeel. Hints of mustiness, raisins in the finish. Dry finish.
Lukaduke (1500) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light copper color with a finger of egghshell foam. The nose is loaded with caramel, vanilla, cream soda and some oak complexity. The palate follows the nose with more earthy malt profile but a lot of smooth caramel, round oak, touch of leather, raisin and even a bit of oak tannins that mingle with the bitterness on the finish.
Bamaboy1975 (194) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay- I had a 2010-brewed 8% version, so I will have to update upon acquiring a new 9% variant. It has a thin, cream-colored head, a definitely opaque orange-brown appearance, a few visible bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- heavy, overly-sweet brown bread crust, sugar, caramel, and pungent malt. Taste is also rich and bold- an almost intolerably sweet and cloying barley malt, bread crust, sugar, brandy wine, and hop bitterness (although, this is low). Mouthfeel is heavy and prickly, and Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo (2010- 8%) finishes rich, sweet, and intense. It’s not for everyone, and it’s expensive, yet I still love it.
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ronaldtheriot (985) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay- I had a 2010-brewed 8% version, so I will have to update upon acquiring a new 9% variant. It has a thin, cream-colored head, a definitely opaque orange-brown appearance, a few visible bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- heavy, overly-sweet brown bread crust, sugar, caramel, and pungent malt. Taste is also rich and bold- an almost intolerably sweet and cloying barley malt, bread crust, sugar, brandy wine, and hop bitterness (although, this is low). Mouthfeel is heavy and prickly, and Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo (2010- 8%) finishes rich, sweet, and intense. Itís not for everyone, and itís expensive, yet I still love it. RJT
brureview (3) - Maine, USA - OCT 16, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very difficult beer to find. I was expecting more- a prominent raisin-plum taste and aroma.
The aroma was light- fig and mild plum. The mouth feel was soapy- I tried two glasses and this mouth feel was the same.
The taste was a mild plum and fig,
Overall- disappointing. The bottle was brewed in 2011, perhaps a fresher bottle would have better. The Boulevard Collaboration 3- a Stingo-was far superior: more distinct fruit and tart.
stravale (1706) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Top Cellar, Easter Rd, Edinburgh  2011 bottle
Copper red amber, clear, off white frothy head that dissipates to thin layer, some lacing, good colour
Aroma - caramel malts, raisin, soft spicy notes, some alcohol, candy sugar, dab of sherry
Taste of sweet caramel malts, soft sweet toffee, fruit cake spices, raisin, touch of sherry, candy sugar, soft alcohol, smooth old ale
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, little thin, smooth texture, fairly sweet palate. Finish is quite dry, soft warming alcohol, sweet smooth malts, fairly rapid finish
Overall - This bottle was 2 years old so was very smooth - body a little thin, perhaps not a complex as I had expected, but still a fine old ale
beertholomeus (383) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich ruby color with off white head. Malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and oak aroma and flavors. Medium body and a sweet oaky finish.