arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle dated 08/2004 and purchased at Liquor Max. This one is almost two years old at this point. Color is dark brown (what a surprise) and the head is short and white. The smell is a little chocolate. The taste is a little chocolate and then standard boring brown ale. I bet this was really good when it was first released but time may have faded it a little. I was glad to have the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 16:19:14
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Stone Winter Storm 2010. Poured a brownish/red color. Taste was malty, roasty, some hints of oak.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Multi amber/brown. Off white carbonation. Earth, toast, caramel, cocoa powder, dried dark fruits (fig), light dose of bitter and earthy hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) August 2004 bottle. Deep malty roastiness with lots of dark fruit character. Light caramel brown with med tan head. Malty quite roasty flavor with dark fruits and some woodiness. Medium body and mouthfeel.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to richlike beer for this one. Pours a nice amber color with just a little head to it. Has a nice molasses and wood smell to it. Taste is very similar but with a little vanilla. This may be an American Strong but it sure smells and taste like a barley wine at this point.
dmac (5392) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle with a big thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this 5 year old retired gem. Poured with a murky light brown body and a small creamy beige head. Aroma had some serious oxidation notes creeping in but man did, they compliment this beer. Aroma of a finely aged barleywine, caramel, toffee, molassess and honey over some less obvious dark grains. Thinner body that still had lots of carbonation despite the age of this one. The flavor isslightly thinner then the aroma implies but notes of caramel, molassess, fleeting citrus and cardboard. Wow this one is holding up nicely even with 5+ years of age on it.
radagast83 (7090) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Consumed 11/14/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. Tinge of sweet herb, touch of nuts. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation.
Note: I will rate it a *notch* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing due in part to the age of the beer.
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
31st July 2008. Dark brown cloudy ale. Very smooth and mild. Not much carbonation. Smooth malt with a little creaminess and a hint of milk chocolate. Easy going finish with a whisper of hop bitterness. Does taste a little aged but that isn’t a bad thing in this case.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had a whole case of this but just getting aroiund to rate thius now. Very nice even 5 years in. A liitle bit of cardboard but also a lot of caramel and chocolate in the flavor. Felt like a solid barley wine that was aged to a little bit past its prime
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber thanks to jsquire! pours a deep red with a huge 3-4 finger white head... sweet, bitter, nut and raisin aromas... medium body with fruit up front - dark cherry, plum and more raisin... more defined finish... with some nuts, herbs and spice... a bit of mint on the finish as well.... overall this has held up very well and was refrigerated for a few years.... really nice.