PartyFowle (54) - - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, rich aroma. Raisins, figs, candied pecans, soft vanilla, grape jelly, a bit of velvety oak. Maroon-brown hue, fizzy tan head. Flavor is a bit tangier -- pronounced sugary grape flavor, figs and raisins again, touches of brown sugar, maple. Long, very sweet finish. The port barrel aging allows more of the base beer to shine through, which is great -- I feel it’s one of the better old ales around, and all the bourbon-aged versions the Bruery is putting out really overpower that.
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Crabbapple bottle tasting. caramel colored pour, fuller body, caramel toffee forward, dark fruits, raisins, vanilla & the port adds a nice twist the old ale base beer sweetness .Interesting, boozy.
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown pour, light creamy head. Quite sweet up front, as all sucre are, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, oak, butterscotch, sweet port notes are nuanced in the back. The base beer shows well here.
ryanfolty (1883) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 31, 2014 - bottle from the source. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and red wine. Taste was consistent with aroma, but very sugary and strong port wine in the finish.
thirdeye11 (5618) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) clear light copper, soapy tan fine bubbles. Nose of cherry, leather, raisin, burnt dark fruits. Taste is ridiculously complex, rum raisin, caramel, brown sugar, cherry, leather. Such a great beer. Somehow manages to avoid all hints of alcohol at 15%+. Wow.
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous pour: ridiculous lace and head for an old ale. Hearty port barrel; perfect booze/sweetness blend; beautiful appearance. Touch astringent at the end without negatively affecting the experience. Tasty.
bytemesis (3433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy chestnut, small beige head that slowly dissipates and laces well. Aroma is vinous, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla. Flavor is medium plus sweet, light bitter, vinous, malty. Hella hot. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Did I say hot?
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong vanilla, oak, dates, burnt sugar. Medium mouthfeel, very sweet, vanilla, burnt caramel, wood, light boozy finish. Very good.
bhensonb (11367) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy brown with a slight tan head. Aroma of dark grapes and brown sugar. Full bodied. Flavor is rather grapey which cuts into the treacle a bit. Some heat. Pretty sure there’s some wood. Very nice.
JohnnyJ (4475) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper/amber pour, with a thin fizzy light tan head. Very sweet, brown sugar, oak, grape, alcohol, toffee, and some port sweetness. Quite a sipper.