travita (4172) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating, thanks to many great ratebeerians. The smell is cardboard, dusty, malts, fruits, and ok. The look is amber, off white head, and clear. The taste is clear, malts, fruits, and alcohol.
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, nuts, and a little metallic tinge in the aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. Lots of alcohol and a little bitterness in the finish. Good, but not great.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
One last winter beer for the last day of February, aka the cheapskate month. "The Sworn Enemy of Cabin Fever" and oddly on a shelf next to Berkshire’s Cabin Fever at the store. Dark roast aroma of brown sugar, plums and such. Dark cherrywood color. Gaahhh...the flavor is like wet fur and sour berries you might find on a prickly vine. Syrupy consistency that would be fine if it weren’t so sweet. Not for me.
conway (1636) - - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a fluffy off white head, dissipating quickly to some nice lacing. Nose is a little weak but some roasted malts are apparent. Taste is also a lot of roasted malts but also adds some dark fruits and just a touch of hop bitterness to close. Nice soft palate. Tastes awesome but the other elements are holding it back from being great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
johnnnniee (2462) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2011.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish yellow white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is quite sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar as well as a fair amount of dark pitted fruits and orange marmalade. Sweet dark sugary flavor is mixed with orange and dark sweet cherry and is cut with a touch of earth melanoidin and alcohol. Hints of smoke and roast round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I remember trying this fresher and it didn’t seem to meld well. With a bit of age on it this is a nice old ale.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was quite good. Jan 2012 release. Could probably do with a bit more age. Good dryness as others have mentioned.
puboflyons (2233) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 oz. bomber stamped Bottled in January 2011! Aging this Old Ale has done wonders for it. The pour is a handsome looking dark brown with a modest head that fizzles to a ring but leaves a little lacing. The aroma is full of sweet malts, molasses, licorice, and yeast. The body is full. Mellower than some old ales thanks to it being 18 months old but it is upfront sweet with a mild bitterness hitching itself to the back. I liked it a lot.
brokensail (11612) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber in color with a thin khaki head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar are about the only positives here. Maybe a touch of dark fruit. Otherwise, lots of cardboard. The flavor is fairly oxidized and cardboardy, too. A bit of toasted bread along with the caramel and brown sugar. Faint notes of raisin in the background.
JohnnyJ (4559) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown, with thin off-white head. Sweet malts (caramel and toffee), raisin, bread, and slightly roasty. A bit boozy, but it fits the flavors, so not a problem. Decent
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a dark brown with just a wisp of beige head. Aroma is roasted nuts and just a bit of alcohol. Taste is a roasted malt bomb with a bunch of vanilla and maybe just a hint of coconut. This is an interesting Old Ale, not nearly the sweetness i have come accustomed to with the style.