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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
The Gimp A love story! A wide open Old Ale, The Gimp gags up Alc.10.3% by Vol. and is bred to be stashed in a Dank dark cellar only to be brought out for your most “special” guests! This full-bodied Gimp gives off sweet scents of caramel and toffee and, as legend has it, warm sensations of malt balanced by low voltage doses of hops delivering a SHOCKER you’ll actually want to receive. Don’t keep The Gimp’s leash too tight, as he will mellow with age and become more experienced the longer he stays locked up in the cellar. Bring out The Gimp!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2151) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
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. I’m 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4991) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7124) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
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 kid’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5007) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3858) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4783) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2154) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a deep amber-chestnut into the glass, with a nice eggshell head that leaves nice window-wash lacing. The nose is of spices, wood, malt and basement. The flavors are malty, some earth, toffee, dark fruit (i.e. prunes), peppering alcohol notes, pie spices, caramel, and finishing with a doughy caramel astringency. The mouthfeel is lightly oily with a full body. This goes down well, and I would really love to cellar a bottle for a couple of years to sample this once it has matured and mellowed a bit.

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