coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BATCH #8727 (September 25, 2008)
Man, I love Bell’s Brewery, and I’m glad to finally get the chance to try this one. Super thanks go out to VandenBossche for hooking me up with this.
Pours a hazy, medium/dark brown color. A lightbulb will get the edges to show a golden glow, but little else. One-finger head od truly tan colored foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is spotty, but fairly decent.
Nice level of maltiness comes through, surrounded by a big presence of breadiness. Raisins and dark fruit jamminess. Slight earthiness mingles with a nice hint of maraschino cherries (!). Loads of sugarey sweet caramel notes. Definite brown sugar notes.
Smells like a decadent dessert brew.
Butterey french toast, covered in cherry syrup.
Big yeasty bread notes, nice sweet caramel presence, slight hints of warming spices and a top-off of sweet cherry flavor.
A different taste than I’m used to expecting from an Olde Ale, but I certainly like it.
Smooth and creamy, which is nice, but I expected it to be a bit more ’lush’. Especially after the nose. (Yum!) So, it could have done better, here.
The ABV is undetectable, by me, so I’d say, drink ’em if it suits ya’. It suits me quite nicely, thankee sai.
I just wish I had regular access to Bell’s and didn’t have to rely on trades, or out-of-town trips, to aquire them.
gmb5127 (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I haven’t had very many old Ales but this is pretty good. Malty and sweet with a taste of alcohol.
kevinsenn (945) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor s, Chicago. Pours dark brown with sediment. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, and raisins. Taste of dark fruits, toffee, and booze. Crisp aftertaste. Thick body.
italianjohn (2207) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish pour cloudy with a thin off white almost khaki head .... aroma of dark fruits, roasted light chocolate and chewy burnt caramel malts .... taste is of dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate malts, chewy burnt caramel malts with a light hoppy bite on the back end .... mouthfeel is very smooth and the abv is hidden well medium to full bodied ... bottle aged almost 7 months ..... finish is bitter and malty with a nice lingering bite on the tongue .... a very complete beer
jflopsu (400) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky red-ish brown with light brown head. Has a sweet caramel aroma, with other unique characteristics including some coffee, chocolate, malt and light hops. An excellent smoothy and creamy taste with caramel, dark alcohol, spices and some grains.
pictoman (326) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the tap. Murky dark reddish brown with tan head. Light caramel aroma with decent degree of hops. Same flavour, alcohol hidden. Medium body.
BLADT (66) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown. Sweet barely flavor. Syrupy in the palate. Can taste the alcohol on the finish.
chucklemation (274) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown ale with an off-white head. Has a pleasant, sweet aroma characteristic of barley wines. Taste is caramel, and towards the end of the beer there’s a stronger hint of sweet fig and syrup. There’s a touch of bitterness to further add to the complexity. I enjoy this, and I wonder how it will be after aging.
Shot (79) - Westerville, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are sweet malt and chocolate. Upfront flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit with bready notes. Finishes with chocolate, licorice, nutty notes, and a lingering hop bite. Very complex flavors. Creamy, but peppery mouthfeel. Big and boozy. This is a delicious beer. It would likely get even better if allowed to age.
kerenmk (1874) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashi’s. Thanks troubles. Murky dark brown with white wave. A little alcoholic, fruity and vinous aroma, sweet, vinous taste. Full-bodied, sweet finish.
bwa5879 (497) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really deep purple-y brown pour that’s a step away from black, no head to speak of, some white lacing. Fresh pungent but light aroma of brisk dark fruits, grain, balsamic and nuts. Carbonation is a bit low, slick mouthfeel and smokey almost warm finish. Robust complex flavor of dark fruit raisins, bourbon, woodsy smokey malts, pine, the graininess is certainly in the forefront. I feel like a fancy boy drinking this beer, probably would be better, richer, and smoother with some age.