Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Aroma is powerful and extremely pleasing. Deep orange/red color, with a fine, full head. Small particles everywhere in the brew, even with a half pour, but it’s a 5 year old, bottle conditioned beer. Flavor is extremely malty and concentrated. Caramel, toffee, a bit of roast, with hints of cherry and other fruits. Aged malt character is truly outstanding and it’s not overwhelmingly oxidized. Immensely chewy. Best aged beer I’ve had in a long time. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2003
A beautifully unexpected highlight of the RAF for me. Sweet molasses cookie aroma, rich and comforting. Doughy texture, bready and wonderful. Medium orange-amber hue. This is going to sound rightfully cheesy, but I can tell that so much love and care went into this...maybe they helped craft it together? TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Cask; 2003 RAF: Cloudy rust color. Frothy foam. Lightly smoked aroma. Hints of dark grape, bread, and caramel. Thick palate. Full bodied. Smoke flavors overrides plum, candied fruit, and yeast with a hint of iron and raisin. Underlain by a mildly coarse hop presence. Reminiscent of Bell's Batch 5000 with more barleywine-like aspects. Highly impressive. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
cask (RAF): swamp clouds of brown...aroma defined in chocolate wedding cake drizzled with candy carmel, sugar cookie, and port wine..onslaught of thick smoke and an evident chocolate foundation..super silky smooth mouthfeel and a semi-bitter finish..nice. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Bells comes through again. Dark fruit with aged oak plum. The alcohol is strong and warming. Bitterness in the end, sweet in the front.
JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Wow! It is amazing how much flavor and uniqueness can be stuffed into a 4 ounce glass!!!! Warm sugar cookie dough dipped in rum, rolled in hay, drug through a field of oats, dipped in rum again, and finally poured into my glass with a hops-infused cherry on top. (Jeez, that sounds like I just stole this out of DaSilky1's notebook!) BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle, dated September 1, 2002, purchased and savored at Choice City Butcher and Deli, Ft Collins, CO. I am not sure how Russ procured this, but thanks. Pours cloudy brown with a spare, rocky, light brown head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, chocolate, toffee), average hops (flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates and honey. Full bodied, creamy and alcoholic texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
On tap at Clarkston Union Bells event. Pours a hazy golden amber color with smallish soapy white head. Aroma is dough, molasses, grains. Flavor is dried fruits, yeast, candy sugar, raisin, molasses. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes sweet. Excellent stuff. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This was quite a surprize to find on cask at the Real Ale Fest. Pours a dark, clear amber color with not much head. The aroma is great. Nice fruitiness and hops in the finish. This was sort of like Third Coast Old Ale with some added strawberry and cherry notes. Nice hoppy finish with good bitterness. Maybe a little sweet, but nice treat to be sure. fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Malty aroma. Flavor is chocolate/carmel. Hoppy as one would expect from this brewery. This is not one of their better beers IMHO, as the complexity of the malt pales in comparison to some of their masterpieces. ABV covered smoothly, just not a lot going on in the malt.