baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Cloudy brown color with a pretty off white head. Tons of fresh caramel malt aroma. Also roasted malt notes in the nose with a touch of coffee. Sweeeet with a roasted malt finish. I really liked the unexpected roasted notes.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/31/02: bottle. little head during pouring, leaving a thin line of white head in the glass. little signs of lacing. sweet nose. full red- copper body. tons going on in the taste department. sharp and strong tasting. full of flavor, including lots of hops. sweet and sour with a bit of rose. i would like to try this one next NYE after it matures a bit.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Deep, dark brown body with a thin white head.
Malty and sweet. Lingering hops aftertaste.
Slight carbonation makes this a very smooth beer. Very smooth.
I'm going to try very hard to cellar at least one of these. Wish me luck!
Deep, reddish-brown body with a quickly diminishing, white head. No lacing.
Malty and sweet aromas, Some hint of raisins. No hops presence in the aroma.
Tastes like hops that are covered in a thick, dark mash syrup. Have you ever ate a whole leaf hop right out of the boil kettle? A quick hint of the malt on the front of the tongue with a big hop bite on the back of the tongue. Very full-bodied too, AA probably close to 50-60% range...
I'm still a fan of the slight carbonation and overwhelming smoothness of this beer.
Still no number changes for this re-rate.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a tale of two beers. The young, off the grocery shelves Old Ale is coarse, aggressive and sometimes even painful. But painful in a good way. If you can wait, age it for a year or two after purchase. One of the best beers I have ever had was a three year old Third Coast Old Ale. This rating is a combination of the aged (deserves a 5.0) and the young (mid three)
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cold, it had extreme CO2 release, creating a thick, fluffy head. Reddish coppery glow.Wonderful malty nose with some crisp hop spiceyness. Extremely fine carbonation bubbles lend to a very smooth mouthfeel and balancing Hop follow-through.
Flavors intensify as it warms. Nice but not over powering alcohol warmth.
This was always a favorite from that ’other’ Larry! A man with whom I agree, when He said: If we were meant to drink filtered beer, We wouldn’t have Livers!
I have a personal quote from Larry, but here is not the place to share it!
From another Larry!!
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I like old ales very much. Probably my second favorite style. First, the label art is really intense. Beer pours a rich umber brown color, with a thin antiqued white head. Very malty and rich, with hops throughout the sip, and tapering off before the finish. Aftertaste is mainly malts. Tastes like a bit of chocolate malt and maybe a little crystal malt. I always think of pirates with skull caps and eye patches drinking in a smoky seashore saloon when I think of old ales, and that works for me. Yarrrr!
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one just came to the Columbus area and it is one of my new favorites. Malty base with a mild hop presence. Slightly spicy with a clean bite as it goes down the throat. Alcohol is evident but not as much as other 10% beers. A real winner.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an exellent Bells! Huge barleywine!!! You could really smell the alcohol. The color was the same as polished cherry wood. Warms the belly. A bells winter classic
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 Tap at cafe: Dark amber/brown with almost no head. Aroma is malty, fair amount of caramel, cherries, raisens. Flavor is chewy, malty, with caramel, oak, dark grapes. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 100% blind rating.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange), with notes of sherry, candied fruit, toffee, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.