Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 On tap: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and the slightest hint of citrus hops. It’s a very cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with quick dose of caramel. Nice buttery toffee backbone. Moderate bourbon and vanilla in the finish. Surprisingly, the citrus hops are still coming through relatively strong. Full-bodied with a sticky mouth feel and mild carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Cloudy brown orange with a minimal beige head. Aroma was mainly of bourbon, toffee, sugar cookie, and alcohol. Flavor had lots of caramel/toffee, vanilla, a bit of sherry and chocolate, and some mild alcohol. The bourbon is still ever-present. Full body with light carbonation. Very good. I think I remember not rating the regular 3rd Coast that well, but this is much better.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Maduro in Madison, WI Reddish color. Aroma is tannic oak planks, chocolate, maltiness from both light and dark malts. Taste is sugar cookies, oak, dark fruits, alcohol with a finish of tannic oak and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Graydon’s Crossing, Grand Rapids MICH...murky, muddy chesnut brown body with large bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lactose in the nose..flavor is extremely smooth and features vanilla, large oak tannins, burnt/caramelized sugars...very, very good
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ale. I usually am not into Ales, but had to try a bourbon barrel ale. Very silky finish and aftertase. Nice Ale.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazingly on tap at Bar Louie. Served Sofa-King cold, the head isnt really an issue. First sip is a Holy Shit moment as the warming bourbonilly vanilla takes over to cover up the almost obscene level of coldness this beer is served. the mouthfeel is as silky as the 18th green at Augusta National. Larry my man, you’ve found a way to get it done again.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. I actually liked this more than I thought I would. Very nice flavor with a hint of alcohol. Not harsh at all-- could sip this all evening. Glad I tried it.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook. Damn... I love this beer in it’s normal state and when you put the Bourbon ageing on it I was in heaven. Great smooth aroma with some light fruits, cherry is noticeable. Loved the taste, some of the harshness of the normal version has gone out and been mellowed. Loved the light vanilla accents in the ending. Amazing stuff.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bar Louie - Ann Arbor, MI. Heavy bourbon nose over pineapple, hops, cream and the typical TCOA estery aroma. Very nice, if a twinge hot. Even glowing at a cold temp. Pours a muddied rufous and brown, with a thin rim of tan. Right away, on the front end the flavor is too bourbon hot. Coarse. Bitter. Straight fresh bourbon, right in a glass dominates the front end of the beer. Then there’s a discordant clash with the hops, having aged lightly into some vegetal notes. Following through is the good estery run and warm, rich creaminess this beer plays. So, it’s not working real well right now, but I bet if you aged this 3-5 years, it would be completely out of sight. I’m surprised by how well the carbonation is working. Finishes on a light toast note.
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook Kerstbier Fest. Sampled after a firkin pour of Expedition and Expedition through the "Caffeinator." Delighted to try this. Murky brown, slight head. Bourbon, oak, and slight cherry nose, rich caramel malt in the background. Flavor has massive rich caramel malts, loads of bourbon barrel tannins, and vanilla in the back. Nice. You could make an argument that there is too much bourbon influence here, but I enjoyed it. Although I probably prefer the normal version of the Old Ale.