SanfordBrewer (1389) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
translucent copper amber with a thin but creamy beige head. medium body with high carbonation.
aroma: intense munich malt, stoney minerality, and faint herbal hops. smells a lot like a doppelbock, but with less caramel malt and alcohol character.
taste: bready munich malts with that dry toasty astringent character, play-dough minerality, and faint herbal/floral hop bitterness. very german in overall character.
the minerality and hop character start off rather neutral, but get increasingly abrasive toward the end.
MercyDevice (340) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber brown with a small head. Bitter, spicy, and strong. Has a weird aftertaste.
TizzleJizzle (597) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Taste of floral hops, caramel malts, herbs, grass, with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Tastes more like an IPA than an old ale to me.
Gamin (88) - - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a same day growler fill. Beautiful clear deep red color. Aroma is very minimal. It's hard to really pick anything out. Flavor is malt forward and tasty. I like this beer but prefer Southern Tier's other winter seasonal, 2XMAS. They are great siblings though!
DocJitsu (824) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly murky dull copper-amber with an adequate light tan head. Cream ale and toasted malt nose. Soft, astringent mouthfeel. Mild flavors that approximate the nose. Thereís a a light perfumy quality.
ansermadide (1496) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís dark and looks the part of a syrupy, caramel drink thatís well-carbonated, maintaining a foamy, pasty white head. It looks very much like an English ale, and smells like one too. A nuttiness accompanies a very English yeast aroma thatís slightly decorated by some musky, tavern-like malty sweetness.
Itís sharp in the mouth, with an oxidized bitterness that really controls the flavor at first. Following mouthfulls are not as harsh, but still so strong that I wonder if the bottle went bad. Itís not even the middle of winter yet, and this beer has been at 45 degrees for only a couple of months, so I canít imagine that it was anything that I did to ruin the beer. Surely itís not supposed to be this bad. Yes, I said it. Itís unpleasant, unbalanced, and really a disappointment. A musky earthiness almost starts to show its head through the awkward bitterness, but it never successfully does so, preventing me from really being able to identify the nuances of the beer. Itís frustrating. I can get what they were intending with this beer a little, but that bitterness really ruins it. Itís strange, and the wild, floral, spicy, almost perfume-like characteristics of the hops are way too much for the supporting malts and thin body. If you close your eyes and pretend this is an IPA itís not as disappointing. Unfortunately, Iím not sure Southern Tier meant for this to be an IPA.
BigBenBB (4) - De Pere, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent, but it crosses the line between litter box and a good IPA. Nice to thr nose, but falls short for the epic ale.
tfratzke (51) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color. Light tan head disapates quickly. Aroma of fresh cut wood, floral hops. Taste is straight up bitter. Seems really unbalanced. Different, yet I donít drink many old ales to compare. Not my thing.
raphael (865) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a different smellósweet leather? Sawdust & caramel, & i donít mean either negatively. The off white head dies quickly, the slightest haze in the amber. lighter on the tongue than expected. Caramel, orange, wheat bread, alcohol. Sweet finish.
northropfrye (2072) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown semi-transparent body with some head and some lacing. Aroma of cocoa and hops, though not a prominent aroma. Taste is quite bitter and roast. A bit unusual for an old ale- certainly not a traditional british style old ale anyway. Abv well masked. Enjoyable but nothing too interesting here really.