CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml Bottle. Pours a deep dark mahogany color topped with an inch of thick tan foam. Mostly dark sugars, oak, leather and black cherry in the aroma. Taste is toffee, red wine and cherry upfront along with some currant, brown sugar and tart fruit toward the end. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and more toasted oak and dried fruit in the finish. Overall flavor is sort of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Old Ale hybrid. This would be a good beer to bust out during the holidays.
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown pour with tan head. Aroma of light sour and chocolate. Sweet chocolate flavor and a paper flat bitter. Medium bodied but a tad thin. Nice warmth. pretty good
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours murky brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is cocoa malts, dark fruits, and a little roasty alcohol.
The flavor is sweet chocolate and toffee malts, figs, cola, oak and some roasty bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, reminds me a lot of Great Divide’s Hibernation, but more pricey and not quite as good. It’s a little too sweet and cola like. Was surprised to see this had some brett, didn’t pick that up at all.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle opened at RBWG, Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy plum-amber color with a small khaki head that settles into a ring. Notes of caramel, apple, oak, spice (cinnamon), honey, brown sugar, leather, and faint bretty funk. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Seemed, well, old.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pour is murky and muddy dark brown with virtually no head. Nose is heavy dark malt, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark berries all mixed together and not really working well as a group. Taste is brutal, overly sweet and messy. Malts sugars with burnt grain and burnt caramel, overly sweet berries with just way too much sugar. Body is full adding to the unpleasantly with virtually no carbonation.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #145. Bottle shared by Sledutah at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of stone fruits, toffee, herbal/vegetal notes. Taste is stone fruits, earth, spice, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared from a 750ml. I feel like my rating here actually makes my take on this beer seem harsher than I actually feel about it. Pours an unattractive, murky mahogany brown. Smells like rust and minerals and yeast. This thing drinks like rusty, earthy cider. Tons of apple skin and metallic minerals. The tartness is nice. Calling this thing an old ale may not be the best call. I do like the flavor notes on it. I just think those flavors are unbalanced. I love a unique weird ’ol beer, so I thought this would be up my ally and I did get the weirdness, I just didn’t love it.
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Hazy brown red color. Nice bigger thin khaki head, good dots and ropes of lace. Smooth, lighter kind of soft carbonation. More dry finish. Dark fruit notes. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Some mustiness. Moderate to bigger body, lighter, creamy, thicker texture, lighter carbonation. Some savory notes. Solid, complex old ale.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 2013 vintage 750ml bottle - pours a murky brown with quickly dissipating tan head. The aroma was very complex, changing almost every couple of minutes. First aromas were mineral copper, musty water chestnuts, subtle coffee, and oak. After the beer came up to room temperature the aroma morphed into deeper darker fruit notes as well as some freshly cut cantaloupe. Billy is thinner in body then expected but really smooth and interesting with its low carbonation yet exciting slightly tart finish. Overall this was a unique old ale, rustic yet refined and delicious on a cold night in Portland.
Gription79 (2227) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. I have been looking forward to this beer. It pours very dark brown, it is cloudy, and the head is minimal but it lasts. The aroma is big and complex, the brettanomyces adds to the complexity, musty, leathery, with just a faint mint note. Very interesting, nutty and fruity notes round out the aroma. The flavor is a rich maltiness, leather, musty/earthy, some metallic notes, grape, berries, soft notes of cocoa in the finish. There are many layers to this beer. I am liking forward to another bottle in a few years.