conway (1394) - - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a reddish tint and a thick white head. Nose is a little weak but has some roasty notes. Taste adds some oak and nuttiness. A little hot. Mouthfeel and carb are average. Solid brew.
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ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid beer. Awesome brown color and light but flavorful brown ale taste. Nice end of summer going into fall beer
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Darkmagus82 (979) - - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-29-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance –Pours a hazy deep copper, almost brown color. Upon pouring there is a fizzy off white head that initially fades fast to leave a persistent white foam head on the brew.
Smell – The aroma is overall very light. It consists of some roasted malt, a little bit of nuttiness and light caramel aroma.
Taste – The flavor starts out an interesting blend of darker fruits, a bready flavor, as well as some caramel sweetness. As the taste advances further some roasted and nut flavors come to the tongue. As the flavor advances to the end, the bready flavors begin to fade, but some of the fruit flavors get quite a bit stronger and in the end a nice lightly roasted and sweet flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer has a moderate amount of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are quite nice for the roasted, dark fruit, nut and bready flavors and really enhance them.
Overall – The nice flavors, drinkability, and good smooth transitions of the brew make for a great one to go out and try (and try again).
BLADT (590) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Tap pour. Opaque brownish wine red. Beige head. Good webbing. Handsome. Plums and raisins lead the nose. Red wine notes too. All underlaid with molasses and brown sugar. Complex and inviting. Taste has nice round flavors. Full bodied. Sweet through and through, but semi bitter on finish. More dark fruits, some fresh and some candied. More molasses. Slow drinking, but enjoyable.
zenkis (567) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUL 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber coppery with thin, beige-creamy top, no lasing. Aroma intense, is full filled with rich toasted and roasted malts with hints of nutty and burnt, very malty indeed. Taste is medium sweet plus light bitter from darker malts, minimal hops. Medium bodied, tiny dry mouthfeel, slick texture a bit, a bit carbo-bubbly sharp palette, but very drinkable brown ale. Weird why in this category?
hockeybeerguy (1960) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter.
The head lasted longer in the snifter than the pint glass but that was the only difference.
The rest of the appearance had a nice looking hazy amber to brown to even some light black edges. There was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess coating the top of the beer. The lacing was somewhat speckled and had a glossy foaminess encircling both glasses.
The smell took some light milk chocolate and roasted to a nice aromatic vanilla nuttiness. I believe the bottle I had was only two weeks old as I could definitely smell the alcohol on it.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned smells along with the alcohol and added a nice light oakiness invading my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping sort of quality to it. This one is exactly sessionable as one might think.
Overall, though I had this super fresh when I had it, I wouldn’t mind getting another one some day to age. This one definitely makes me miss New England as it was one of my all time favorite old ales.
Sarlacc83 (719) - Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a Georgia trader. Thanks!
A: Mostly opaque brown color with an off white head. Decent lacing.
N: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and syrup. Grain and wood. Some char. Raisin and prune.
T: Flat sweetness. Moderate bitterness.
M: Medium heavy. A little sticky.
O: A beer that grows on me the more I drink it. The calmness and lack of alcohol make this an easy one to get through.
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle to snifter. Pretty nutmeg brown color pour with an off white collar for a head; no lacing. Brown sugar nose and flavor. Some good hop bitterness balances well. Slightly boozy which serves to make it a nice sipper. Good now but could probably hang on for another 1-2 years of cellaring.
60minuteman (721) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage bottle...May 2012. Clear brown, pasty white two finger head. Aroma is earth, malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, plum, spice. Flavor is the same. Chocolate is smooth. It comes out here. Slightly burnt malt. Earth tones everywhere. Really complex. Great beer. It’s delicious!
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with light tan head. Aromas of toffee, brown sugar, toasted malt and some dark fruits. Sweet toffee and plum flavors with toasted malt and a hint of oak. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.
superspak (2561) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, herbal, oak, light leather, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with great strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, vanilla, toffee, oak, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, toffee, oak, vanilla, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairy slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding old ale style. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.