5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel in color, off-white head, frothy, little lacing.   Huge sweet brown sugar, candied bread, and sweet dark pitted fruit on the nose.   Big time caramel, brown sugar, and heavy dark bready notes on the tongue.   Heavy malty and biscuity brew, albeit the 10% ABV shows no heat.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Big heavy bready finish, semi-sweet, biscuity, a little caramel and whole wheat breadiness.   Not as complex as I would have expected.   Finishes with a heavy breadiness and rich biscuity maltiness.   Not a heavy example, or all that complex and diverse.   Seems to be a bruiser of an Old Ale if you ask me.
StefanSD (2321) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a small beige head that has fair retention. Aroma is soft and understated with grains, hazelnuts and a touch of sherry. The flavor is malts forward with rich caramelized barley, hazelnuts, bitter walnuts, dash of sherry and some hot alcohol. The palate is full and viscous with lively carbonation. Finishes short with a bit of sherry. Overall: Very interesting, very much like a barley wine--but not quite there.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Bottle drank in Nov...I think I may have bought it in January. Deep browd with a cream colored head that dispates leaving not much lace. Aroma is reminiscent of a really strong dopplebock...lots of sweetness, fresh dark bread, yeast, ripe bananas, a little spice. The flavor is more similar to the standard Old Brown Dog but ampliified, especially the booze. That is quite forward. It’s sweet malty, earthy, spicy, a hint of pine. The bitterness is muted but does balance it. It’s a bit tannic and buttery. it’s sticky and gritty. An intense beer that could easily be aged much more which would hopefully improve it.
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour is a lighter brown, with some red tint to it. The aroma is really funky, big caramel or sure. The taste is for sure better than the smell. It is a little sweeter than I thought. Solid overall beer.
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keanex (1737) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2015 Bottled December 2014. 11.1% ABV
Glass: Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Clear brownish body with a short tan head. The head leaves a light coating over the beer.
Aroma: A touch of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, booze and vanilla. The aroma is subtle and complex, pleasing, but weak.
Taste: Oh! Very pleasant. As the beer rolls over the tongue a mix of chocolate, caramel and vanilla are noted with a bit of oak astringency and booze. This masks the alcohol well at 11.1% and tastes very mild, complex and pleasant. Leaning sweet but not cloying.
Palate: Thick and lightly carbonated. Not chewy though.
Overall: I really enjoy this. It’s a great value for a high gravity beer, let alone one that’s brewed this good. I find it in between a barleywine and an imperial stout. Very nice.
Bottle conditioned in 2012.
Appearance: The body is a very clear mahogany with a decent amount of carbonation in the body. A thin tan head appears on the pour but has only decent retention and becomes a thin tan ring.
Aroma: On the pour the nose is very sweet with lots of toffee and caramel sweetness with some dark fruits, but it mellows out a bit with the same complexity, perhaps some brown sugar and some sweet red wine notes.
Taste: Not quite as sweet at the nose indicates, but certainly sweet with toffee and brown sugar and dark fruits that get progressively stronger until they leave a medicinal flavor in the back of the throat. This is a great sipping beer.
Palate: Thick with light fizzy carbonation, a bit creamy.
Overall: This is an excellent value, very complex and sweet, great for the Winter. I highly recommend this.
Ratings: Ap: 4, Ar: 8, Ta: 8, Pa: 5, Ov: 17
KyotoLefty (8907) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pretty brown-orange color, nice head. Nose of caramel, orange, raisin, butterscotch. Sweet and malty flavor, butterscotch and caramel, dried fruit. Decent, though not completely original and a bit boozy.
maekchu (3304) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Lotta hops for a brown ale, and some good chocolate notes in the nose. Soft chocolate initial; a touch of sourness in mid; smooth finish. Thin-medium body. Good balance. A bit thin, though, overall.
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle cellared from the Summer. Tastes like a mix of a scotch ale and barleywine. Smooth, pillowly texture with a sweet, slightly abrasive flavor with notes of buttered bread, caramel and butterscotch. Not bad, but too sweet to handle a full pint.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: Pours a rich caramel brown with a light tan head. Arom a of raisin and prunes, spruce hops. Taste is malty, rich, caramel slightly salty. Smooth finish, easy drinking for a big beer.
daniellunsford (105) - - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice nut brown with a beige fluffy head. Alcohol and coriander on the nose. Taste of alcohol, toffee, coriander, and milk chocolate. Fantastic rich winter beer.