jackl (7007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample shared @ RBWG Tampa. Thanks to whoever brought this! Muddy chestnut colored pour with a small off-white head. Nose is sort of all over the place. Red fruit skin. Balsamic vinegar, raspberry preserve. Flavor has some sharp acetone. More balsamic. Very sweet fruit leather. Messy. Medium body, active carb.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with plum/mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles. Nice color but has poor head retention and not much in the way of lacing.
Musty, funky aroma with strong barrel presence, rotten mold and acetic acid. Strong charred oak with prominent toothpick character. Sweet vinous fruit notes of dark grape, fig, tart cherry, raisin. Very funky with rotten diapers and heavy acetone. Nail polish, and balsamic. Subtle sweet malt presence underneath. Sounds worse than it actually is.
Medium body with a strong dark fruit presence that helps counter the overly charred oak, moldy funk and acetic vinegar. Burnt oak with bold toothpick dryness. Vinous sweetness with dark cherry, raisin, plum and fig. Very strong acetic acid thatís very solvent-like. Heavy balsamic flavor. Odd vegetal,lost funk but itís overpowered by the heavy acetone. Not very pleasant to drink but isnít quite as bad as itís infamous reputation suggests.
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. One of the highlights of the grand tasting for me as it was so terrible. Murky brown pour, no head, virtually flat. Gross aroma of gym sock, burnt plastic, oxidation, apples, rotten fruit, sour fruit, you name it. Borderline undrinkable flavor, oxidized, sour fruit, plastic, band aids, gym socks, dung. Just awful. Iím actually surprised how high some of the RBWG ratings are.
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBWG í15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Light murk on a chestnut/amber hue topped with a moderate off white cap.
Nose is ladys knickers, nutty, soured fruit, must.
Taste comprises big sherrified wood licks, toffee, earthy, spice.
Full bodied, viscous feel, light warming booze.
Hmmm...not a great.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours amber with a thin white head. Nose was overripe fruit, some toffee, some booze, some leather, and some rotten fruit. Flavor was similar- funky, some booze, some toffee, some leather, and some definite overripe fruit. I am not sure about this one; lingering leather and old fruit into the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8059) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rbwg2015. 750mL bottle, courtesy of Markwise, pours with a clear amber body that supports . . . well, really no head at all. The aroma offers up sweet malts and molasses and then soured lime, moldy lime, plastic toilet and then sun dried dates. The taste delivers thin yet slick malts, molasses, a pleasing toffee note and then apple, tannin tartness and then another dash of lime. Very interesting brew.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during the Grand Tasting of RBWG 2015. Pours clear chestnut with a foamy head. Pretty hearty, with lots of tangy and ripe fruits, berries, caramel. Medium sweet flavor, pretty oily and tangy. Lots of oxidation present in the finish with old fruits, berries in particular, some uninspiring caramel. Must be pretty old. Interesting, but thatís about it.
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours caramel. Nose/taste of toffee, whiskey, oak and sour caramel. Medium body.
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG grand tasting in Tampa
Clear brown with a small beige head, no lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and woody. Taste is woody, whisky and leather
OK, just not right.
chinchill (4200) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy reddish-brown with a weak head.
Strong unattractive aroma much like a few other old ales, if a bit stronger.
Very low carbonation. Medium-full body.
O: recommended only for fans of the style.