Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in Brea. Huge oak apple brandy on the nose. Medium thickness on the palate. Big malt, and oak brandy notes, with a tone of fucile alcohol. Very enjoyable.
BVery (7598) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Brea location. Deep murky amber brown pour with a frothy cream head. Lots of oak on the nose, along with a bit of vanilla and pepper. Smooth full palate, some booze and chili on the taste. This is really good.
Meilby (8920) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Taps Fish House and Brewery, Brea, CA
Pours cloudy dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of mal,t toffee, dried fruits, oak, alcohol, cinnamon and raisin. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long, oak, toffee and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (6371) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Taps. Pours murky dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, malt, some alcohol, oak and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some leather , tannins , oak, warning alcohol and caramel. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.
yngwie (14863) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Brea location. A murky brown beer with a minimal sized light beige head. The aroma has lots of hoppy scents, leather, msome alcohol, roasted hints and lots of oak. Too oaked I think. Bitter flavor with some caramel, vanilla, coffee hints and oak. Full body, warming and with a nice carbonation. Lasting finish. Overall, nice, but too woody. 130812
Huhzubendah (2820) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.
The beer is copper hued, with an off white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a huge oak presence, a big ass oak presence, as well as a formidable oak presence. Additional notes of malt, hops, and some caramel malt. Good flavor, but dominated by oak. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the Taps barleywine. Lingering oak and vanilla flavors. A good beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2011
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great label. The French oak is first to greet the nose then I got a little spice before the "old" takes over. Medium in strength and quite a nice sipper. Hopefully there will be more.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a nice amber color, maybe some bronze, with an off-white head.
S: The oak really comes through strongly on this beer. It’s amazingly toasty and just wood in general. Some roasted malts, burnt sugar, toffee, and a bit of sweetness. Not as much vanilla or sweetness as I was expecting.
T: Like with the nose, the oak is really what dominates the flavor. The oak seems to have a really heavy toast/char on it, because that’s mostly what I taste. It leaves the beer a lot more toasty, tannic, and woody than I would like for an old ale.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This was somewhere in between Hillbilly and Remy in terms of my enjoyment. It wasn’t bad, but for a barleywine/old ale, I like to get that sweetness out of it.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer at Orange County Brew Ha Ha in Irvine, CA.
Thanks to Ron B. for organizing a bottle tasting.
Nice flavors from the barrel, tasty, very nicely done
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stone 14th. Old ale aged in French Oak, bottled just for Dr. Bill’s Corner. Flavor is lightly sweet malts, light fruits, and toffee with vanilla-like oaky tones (similar to Bruery’s French Oak blend). Very good, but I liked the other two TAPS beers better.....