chinchill (3777) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle to glass. Light tan head over a dark, more-or-less clear, red-amber body.
Aroma: rich with traces of yeast, hints of caramel and faint booze, somehow giving the impression of a literally old ale.
Taste: definitely does NOT "follow the nose". It is interesting but, to me, unappealing and hard to describe. It is lightly spicy and somewhat bitter, with some off-tastes including charcoal.
Mouthfeel is good, with a medium+ body and medium carbonation.
O: Not worthy of recommendation, but maybe with some age?
ChainGangGuy (4690) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a very dark, russet-toned body with a medium-small, brief, off-white head. Near nil lacing.
Smell: Lightly nutty caramel and brown sugar with a edge of burnt grain. Pinch of spiciness. Low fruitiness. Slight leafy hop scent. Punchy booze in the nose.
Taste: Dark caramel, a bit nutty, and brown sugar, not nutty, with a decent amount of sweetness. For me, thereís certainly a roasty element present. Just as Iím left wanting some more malt depth, then, in comes some leafy hop character and bitterness along with some peppery alcohol. Noted spicy character. Slight dark fruitiness, but itís a tad obscured by the spicy alcoholic qualities. Spicy, charred nutty finish with a good amount of alcoholic warmth to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Frankly, it didnít strike me as an Old Ale, though, perhaps it could benefit from some aging.
Davidisokay (5) - - FEB 14, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber pour with light tan head. Slightly laced. Moderately carbed. Aroma is heavy malts; toasty and raisiny scents. Taste is sweet like candy with a non citrus bitterness barely present. A good brew but not my favorite from Sweetwater.
DialSquare (3971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Proof. Black-brown pour with medium off-white. Aroma is musty dark fruit and caramel. Tastes are toasty, raisin, toffee, earthy, brown sugar. Citrus bitter to Balance. Smooth enough, handles the alcohol well.
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber orange with a yellowish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet earthy grains and caramel with a bit of grass in the finish. Flavor starts with caramel but finish is more earthy grain and a bit of grassy hops.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany topped by a nice off-white head. Aroma is pretty complex, lots of caramel malts, light smoke, earth and some white grape. Sweet malts, some nuttiness, and a pretty bitter resinous hop character through the finish. Light alcoholic warmth, interesting beer.
drowland (7713) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/31/13. On tap at JP Henleyís. Unclear brown pour, lots of ambers and red under the light, basically no head. Sweet aroma with caramel, a touch of fruitiness, and almost a certain nuttiness. Lightly sweet flavor, but itís oddly very welcome... I canít describe it, but Iím digging the sweet fruitiness, caramel, and light nuttiness. The alcohol is hidden well. Tasty!
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This old ale has a dark, dark amber, almost brown in color and a white head that makes for a nice contrast. The aroma is so weird... blame the hops? What do we do? Aaaah.. the DANK! Yes, it smells dank, and sort of woody. Itís such a weird smell. As my friend Wes mentioned, these guys can brew anything they want and can get away with it. And just because they brew it, it tastes better than if any other brewer made it. Name matters when you have street cred. Hops and some weird, woody, perhaps a yeasty character controls. As weird as it smells, it tastes really mellow, with mostly just a low-caramel, malty, slightly hoppy flavor. Itís very mellow. As odd as it seems, they pulled it off well. Still enjoyable, as weird as it is!
tmongoose (2053) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft poured in baby snifter. dark red in color with minimal head. malty nose. sweet possibly some caramel. the warmer this one gets the more the flavors come out in this. the flavor is very boozy and sweet malt. warmer is better.
NachlamSie (3167) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Downtown Wine. This seemed more like a barleywine to me. Starting with the brown color to the aroma of toffee, bread and alcohol. Hops are significant, but not powerful. They impart a pineapple-esque citrus. The flavor is boozy with a sweet finish. Iím not sure what the twist is to categorize this as an old ale. Decent beer. I might actually agree with allowing it to age a bit.