jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich copper, ruby, rose and violet coloured body with beautiful tints and a thin, oily tan head on top - this looks like an old. Aroma of basement, must, caramel, toffee, rye, specialty grains, metal and a bit of deep honey and floral notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive musty and malty flavours with a good dose of alcohol, metal, caramel, toffee, earth and dry oaky notes are noticeable throughout the entire taste. Aftertaste shows a complexity that rivals others of the best from this style - a good musty flavour with some nuts, earth, oak, vanilla, pit fruit and caramel sweetness that shows immediately that this isn’t a barley wine or similar - this is definitely an old ale. Overall, a very nice beer for the style and showing amazing complexity and depth, but the initial flavours, smell and look especially make this perhaps one of the best olds i’ve ever had! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 10-February-2013 for US$6.79 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on the other end of the country on 09-March-2014.
Best By Date? On Bottle: 04-23-2013 / Purchased in Feb-2013 / Sampled ~13 months later in March 2014
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to Santa for a respectable example of a West Coast seaonal. It might not be the greatest beer but with glimmers of potential it shows that there is still enjoyment in the unexpected. A heady release is perfect for a lazy afternoon when the ground is blanketed in fresh snow.
Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent ruby red base retains only a dash of fresh head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other seasonal spices waft in the air along with red vines and Hershey’s chocolate kisses.
Flavor / Palate - Red vines dominate the texture from first sip to finish. Underneath is a base of chocolate and cherry pie. Malts tickle the tongue at times. Overall though it feels lacking compared to more robust examples such as Great Lakes Christmas Ale. I may give Silver City another shot but this time I will not expect as much.
mikedR (930) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Average barley wine. Comes across as a bit flat, and is boozy even at 8.5%. There are better. B-
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Bacterial (1202) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. This was a treat! I was skeptical with ’Christmas’ in the description. Deep amber pour with a slight white head. Nose is toffee and caramel. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but lots of good stuff happening: some subtle Belgian spice, toffee, vanilla, and some nice hops to balance. Very nice!
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich dark red in color that is clear with minimal white head that disappears, except for a small ring around the inside of the glass. Strong aromas of booze and fruit. Very heavy tastes. Notes of cherry and a touch of smokiness. Very malty, a bit of sweet apple comes out in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly masked but is still detectable. Late spice comes on at the finish. Medium carbonation. This is one for sipping. Very nice warming effect. Very nice ale that has a lot going on. Only complaint is the sweetness and richness is a little much but overall I still like this alot.
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter, shared at home with my wife.
Pours clear deep mahogany. Minimal head, dissipates quickly, leaving first a ring around the edge and then nothing.
Aroma: Toffee, apple, cherry, vanilla. Inviting.
Taste: Red-licorice candy sweet. Minimal hop bitterness.
Palate: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The sweet-sticky mouth-coating lingers long after the beer is finished.
Overall: Drinking this beer reminds me of what I like about the Silver City Fat Wood Scotch Ale. This is a nice dessert to curl up with on a cold night like tonight.
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from riversideAK. Thanks a ton Alex! Nose is black cherry, prunes, toffee, hints of bubblegum, and dark bread. Sweet and malty. Clear rusty cherry with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, caramelized brown sugar, a butterscotch note, and a bit of background bitterness.
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A darkish amber color with an off-white head. For such a big beer, it’s a bit bland on the nose. But, there is a nice fruitiness of cherry and maybe grape, especially as it warms up a bit. There is just a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet bready malt flavor with a nice touch of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. More dark fruit character on the palate and a hint of warming alcohol.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweet nose. Dried dark fruit, brown sugar, residual sugars, apples, pepper, caramel. Pours a nice reddish color with little to no head. Nice and sweet but not over the top. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, apples, apricots, etc and all that shit. Nice body, sweetness linger but it is never the top. A nice local old ale.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a dark clear amber with a persistent offwhite head. Smells of raisin, brown sugar, and dark dried fruits. Tastes syrupy sweet, but tempered with a nicely balanced bitter. Creamy and syrupy texture. Finishes wet. A very nice beer.