hockeybeerguy (1686) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Disclaimer: for a long time, I was actually slightly skeptical of this brewery, however, today, I cracked this old ale for the unofficial day of Summer over my fire pit and I think I was more than enthralled.
I couldn’t find a date, however, I did buy this last Autumn of 2013.
I poured this into a snifter.
Gee Weez, $30 at Breeze In, Juneau, AK, is that how it always is every where else or is it typical Southeast Alaska pricing? Hmmm... well here goes.
The appearance was a super nice dark brown close to black color with a slightly half finger white to off white foamy head that concaves and leaves barely anything in the center of the brew. Holy Be-jeebers, actually, I believe I liked this show.
The smell, whoah, how the hell do I explain this one. Okay, its a sort of a cherry to almond to oaky/woodiness and then leading onto a slightly vanilla sort of aroma all delicately packed together and inviting me towards a finer quality of leading me on and into the night of Memorial Day.
The taste is sweet and oaky/woody and it leaves a fairly sweet vanilla-like quality of an aftertaste and then ends up leading to a semi-dry yet sweet but not watery finish. I say that because there’s something I had about this beer that seemed to show a fairly watery finish. No worries.
On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and shows a decent sessionable quality running about the mouth and tongue. The carbonation is decent for the Old Ale style and good for me as there’s just enough harshness pervading the tongue but not overbearing.
Overall, in my opinion, this is actually an exceptionally well done Old Ale that I would more than worthy welcome again. Is it up there with Smuttynose’s Really Old Brown Dog Ale, which is actually one the best that I’ve tried to this date? Hmmm...well, to pay $30 to have this again, or ask for a Really Old Brown Dog Ale. I’ll take Smuttynose’s even though I haven’t had that in a super long time. Personally, though I’m glad I tried this, the prices of this brewery’s beers need to be brought down. I’m not sure who these brewers think they are in this brewery. But hey, I’m glad I tried it, but I will never pay $30 for this ever again!
ryanfolty (1833) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
May 25, 2014 - bottle from the source. Brown pour with some head. Aroma was nice balance of wood, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon and malt. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a hot bourbon and spicy finish. Medium to full body and smooth.
fcjack1 (122) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Red Hot. Cloudy brown color. No head. Scent is all booze. Taste is really sweet. Then the bourbon hits you. Then the alcohol. Really good beer. Would love to try one a year from now.
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice. Barrels are very well integrated even though there’s a billion of them. Pours cloudy dark maroon with some hops. Nice sugary malt, good texture. Elements well blended. Caramelized malt. Finishes light sour with some sweetness. Thick on palate. I don’t usually like these super sweet, syrupy sugar bombs but this one is nice. Tap at Churchkey.
BrewGoblin (261) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really wanted to fall in love with this one. I am not sure if it the lines were clean and I only got to try it once and not bottled. The flavour just lacked the depth and the layers I was hoping for. It looks fairly disgusting compared to most beers but that intrigued me and made me want to try it even more. Stirred-up swamp-water brown filled my cup with a wisp of a head. Thought this would feel like it looked, thick and sludgy but instead it seemed fairly thin. Leather, decaying wood and some burnt brown sugar flavours. It wasn’t bad, just felt watered down in flavour and mouthfeel. I want to try this again from the bottle sometime.
Gerardgathier (266) - - MAY 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer
esp0r (1914) - NORWAY - MAY 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the daje reaches 2000 ratings sessions
Pours dark brown with a qute thin tanned beige head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruity malts, hints of tar; its just magnificent. Heavy sweet, boozy, vanilla and bourbon, honey. This is just exquisite! Smooth oily texture, flat carbonation, full bodied. This is probably the best beer i’ve had in a while. Pretty close to perfect actually. The bourbon barrel is so well integrated, the silky mouthfeel and the warm flavors. I would easily buy some bottles if i get the chance
Rando7 (730) - Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin brown head. Aroma malts, bourbon, dark fruits, faint sour. Taste caramel and molasses, vanilla, bourbon, wood. Thick palate with alcohol burn, low carbonation. Boozy finish. Another great beer from the Bruery.
MarcoDL (2061) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this Bois series. This one is amazing as well. Such a complex and tasty beer, with an ever evolving taste. Great.
daje (2043) - NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by esp0r with me and edvard, april 26th 2014. Dark brown body with a thin brown head. Strong aroma of sweet caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, roast, perfectly balanced! Sweet vanilla and caramel taste with raisins, roasted malt, plums, orange, chocolate, wine notes, complex with new layers of taste every sip. An outstanding beer!