TheEpeeist (3489) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is raisin, plum, grape jelly, wood and mushrooms. Medium body with a lively tang, slightly sticky with heat. Taste is tobacco, toffee and plum brandy.
AdamJackson (3430) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at three own taproom. 10.1% 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter/tulip. Dark murky plum color. 1 finger head that faded slowly it has this brown sugar and raisin scent. Sort of a cream ale smell as well. Some spices like cinnamon. Taste is sweet and fruity up front like tropical fruits. Middle a hint of oak and bitter pine hops. Finish is astringent with some cough syrup taste and honey.
reggiedunlop (3409) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep amber/ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma has light candied fruits and perfume with hints of oakiness. Flavor follows suit and adds layers of faint vanilla and earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is full and oily with a fruity/earthy/boozy bitter finish.
queenholly (3370) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Roasty malt and booze aroma. Clear amber with a large tan head. Burnt sugar, dark roasted malt, light wood, and bitter herbal hops, and alcohol flavor. Full sticky body.
BelgianBeerGal (3333) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bostonís. This was nice. Murky, light brown pour. There were definite notes of an old ale but also hints of some sour and sweetness. Really no hints of the 9 ABV. Well done.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Bottle shared by Jay. Big, sweet, malty and bitter liquor aroma, vermouth and licorice aroma. Full bodied, very (overly) carbonated, sweetish Madeira notes, light red wine. Very dry, chalky overall, tough to drink, not especially interesting. Some port notes are apparent but very minor. Not too exciting.
DialSquare (3250) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Rating is after the fact - so a little scant on the details. Brown pour. Malty brown sugar, cocoa and caramel in the taste. Little smoke and wood. Came off cola-like. Light bitter finish. Little warm. Enjoyed it - would try again for a more complete review.
smith4498 (3222) - 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 (3215) - 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.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 2010. I donít believe the 2010 is the same recipe as 2009, but Iíll put it here for now anyway.
Awesome figs and brandy, pineapple, stewed cranberries, and fresh apple aroma. Brilliant and crystallized. Flavors are seemingly less complex, but still robust, adding creaminess, rich, satisfying malt texture, and texture-ful alcohol. A really nice show of malt and warmth, with no rough edges and only smooth, relaxing, sippability to enjoy. Ends on a graceful warm alcohol and oak snap, a la bourbon.