JavierAldea (31) - , SPAIN - DEC 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
La intensidad de esta Old Ale es absolutamente increible. En nariz sorprende vainilla, caramelo de toffe y ligeros matices a madera. En boca es compleja y realmente densa dejando un final ligeramente láctico.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Deep orange pour with an off white head... American Oak on the nose with vanilla and a bit of tartness... sweet body with light and dark fruits throughout... sweet malts... really nice smooth body and finish... very good.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 year old large format in snifter. Carmel color. White lacing. Creamy with toffee vanilla and carmel. Medium bitterness, sweet, and good burn. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Very well done.
paleale80 (7) - Lansdowne, Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I LOVED this beer !! One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.I had it on draft and there was not much head when it came to the table but the color was beautiful. NIce solid brown with ruby shining through as well. The oak shines through in the flavor but not overly so. There are also notes of caramel and tobacco as others have said. The alcohol was present for sure but without any harsh bite or lingering effects. Very well done !!
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 saved this beer for four months after purchase and broke it out for after dinner with some family members. Pours a rich burnt reddish brown with nearly no head but tight spirals of bubbles. smell was caramel and vanilla and old oak. The taste made me expect some alcohol bite due to so much whisky like flavors but the only finish was a slight bitterness. tasted like a nice moist piece of oak with some raisin or grappa notes as well. A fine ale to be savored in every velvety sip.
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Courtesy of Vinny. Pours deep, chesnut hazy brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma of fig, barley, vanilla, oak, honey, sweet toasted malts , espresso, caramel, toffee, and notes of chocolate. Very rich, medium body with a slightly sticky, firm palate. Slow boozey finish. Great American strong from Southern Tier.
beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very pretty ruby red with almost no head, tan lacing. Scent is sweet malts, vanilla and some oak with a hint of booze. Taste is malt some wood, bourbon like. Taste is smooth and balanced with the 11% well hidden. Good stuff.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1+ years old
Amber color, of a very dark shade; medium-sized compact head. It has a very nice aroma, of malt toffee and vanilla oak, more wood; mild. Soft and round body; there is a very good caramel and toffee flavor, with harmonious vanilla and oak, making it a bit buttery. Good bitterness, but not covering the malt profile. Excellent.
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a tasting, thanks to Paul. Pours hazy, purple-brown with a medium, off-white head. Ripe fruits and heavy malts on the nose, some Annie’s mac n’ cheese. Extremely sweet, lots of baked beans (which I love!) And toffee, some ripe fruits, mild booze. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Decent warm finish, some more baked beans, toffee, brown sugar, some vanilla. Tons of sugar. Good stuff.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tons of vanilla wood influence: coconut for miles and miles. Flavor is like drinking a caramel macaroon.