ansermadide (1430) - 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 (1034) - 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 (2616) - 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.
Cybercat (2915) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out of the growler a clear dark sienna with a fairly thick, though not persistent, light tan head. Malty aroma has faint fruity and hoppy hints. Flavor is - HOLY COW, now that is one ferocious alcohol bite! This is a pit bull among beers! Once you get past that, it has roast malt and caramel notes with a fruity hint. Rough tough texture leaves a moderate fizz and some malt and caramel. This beer is not, repeat, NOT for the faint of heart. Sip it slowly, lest the next morning your head feels like the Death Star after Luke Skywalker got to it!
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at engine 15. Dark brown with a little floating head. Lacey. Mild hop aroma. Brown style, licorice taste muddled flavours. A little cloying. Assertive carbonation.
PorterPounder (5107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark brown pour, tight off-white head that sticks around a while. Sweet aroma with some hints of kidís cereal, some chocolate covered cherries, a hint of dates. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some chocolate notes, some raisiny-date goodness, a touch of sweet cherries, and a dash of licorice - all blended together rather nicely. Thick rich mouthfeel. Solid entrant from Sweetwater.
rbrazell (1414) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Proof. Deep mahogany pour with a frothy tan head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty, sweet toffee malts with lighter notes of raisins and earthiness. Sweet toffee and roasted malts throughout with some brown sugar, dark fruit and bit of a citrus spice ending. Medium heavy bodied with good carbonation. Not bad, I'll just never really like Barley Wines.
Aurelius (3845) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark, ruby-brown, root beer color. Worthless painted label. Sweet, dark-fruity aroma with some wood, prunes, musty malt. An edgy up-front -- astringent, unpleasantly bitter, the ABV is not well masked. Vinous, caramel, light cocoa. Medium heavy body, twangy. Not terrible, just a mishmash. Market Square Liquors.
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky blackish-brown from the bottle with bubbly tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, dust, and toffee. Taste follows, well balanced with the booze well hidden. It was definitely good, but I feel I need to get another one to age it. I will report back.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Chestnut color with a small, lasting head. Nose is mild caramel and maybe some faint woody citrus. Taste is at first Belgian funky yeast, then some caramel, raisin, toast and a hint of a mix of citrus and resin. Medium body is smooth and well balanced. Tastes like a Dubbel blended with a cheap Tripel. OK, but none too complex and disappointing, especially since it shows no characteristics of an Old Ale, which happens to be my favorite style.