HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2016 bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium to dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is pretty muted, sweet malt being about all you get, with maybe a bit of mustiness as well. Flavor is similar but much stronger. Sweet, cereally, malt syrupy, and a bit yeasty/musty/basementy. Palate is very nice, leaning toward the thicker mouthfeel but without being overcarbonated or harsh at all.
Good, warm, semi-nutty. It's good. Has a sweet amber taste to it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Jerm719 (193) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2016
7%. Caramel malts, biscuits, soft earthy hops. Slightly sweet and nutty. Better than average fall / octoberfest seasonal offering. But nothing special. drjay44 (3712) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2016
12 oz. bottle. ABV 7% per the label. The recipe has evolved as the ABV is not the same. Pours a medium thick, light beige, well retained head, with moderate curtain lacing, over a clear brown red (SRM 25) body......nose is sweet malts, with light toffee/caramel, light dried fruit notes, minimal hop spice, balance to the malts,.....taste is sweet with toffee/caramel, light nuttiness, dried fruit tones, finishing with mild sweet sherry tones, minimal hop spice with cola notes, balance to the malts.........mouth feel, medium, sticky body, mild alcohol, moderate carbonation. This beer is a nice display of the contribution of Munich malts to beers. The result is a beer that meets the stated style quite nicely, as long as the drinker is not offended by a larger than average malty sweetness, and low hop contribution in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 Dacrza (980) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 10, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky pint... OCCASION: a nightcap after celebrating the season with my LVR peers... APPEARANCE: bubbly, almost totally dark body that supports a finger’s worth of brown head... the head is resilient and remains a strong ring around the glass...no lacing to speak of... AROMA: caramel, some chocolate and nut make for an autumnal bouquet; the malts are also earthy and doughy; the suggestion of fruits is faint, but appreciable... PALATE: flat, slightly carbonated at the start, with a medium body and a dry finish...drinkable, but slightly warming... TASTE: immediate experience is grape, plum and caramel, with the doughy aspects giving weight to the profile; evokes a Cabernet-like flavor, with added nuttiness, butterscotch, and toasted oats fulfilling the label’s "after rakin’" promise... OVERALL: a lot to like in this one--the Fall definitely has flavors, and Breckenridge captured a few of them here; a great fit even for this balmy December night....
vipinvelp (4430) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2015
Black, tan foam ring remaining. Sweet aroma, light smokey tones. Too sweet taste, some toast notes. Short aftertaste. (Davenport 201510)
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from Cavalier. Home in a snifter. Poured a dark brown...looks like a porter but with almost no head No lace. Aroma is big caramel, roasted malts, toffee, and a little booze hotness. Also has like a sweet carnation milk aroma like a sweet stout. The taste isn’t bad with nice roasted and balanced malts, a sweet almost cocoa flavor in the middle, and a slight booze finish. Low carb overall and a medium to thin body. I cannot understand where they got Old Ale out of this thing though. It is kind of like a sweet stout or porter. The flavors were OK but they’d get an F in the style of Old Ale. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
[Tap] Clear brown pour with about a half inch of head on top. Sweet caramel, toffee and some dusty grain in the nose. Bready notes, crisp grain, more caramel, nuts and a light alcohol kick in the taste. Faint hop notes leave this beer with a residual sweetness. Pretty pedestrian. Tasting notes from 9/2014. Vinylholic (22) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Strong dark brown color with a lighter brown head. Sweet, almost yeasty/earthy aroma. Overall experience is like being surrounded by damp leaves. Strong Porter-alike dark flavor with an almost invisible sour finish. Carbonation stays in your mouth for a while after drinking. Not necessarily bad, but unfortunately the smell of it kills it for me. Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Breckenridge calls this an old ale but based on taste, I’d probably call it a strong porter. It’s good, it’s just weird they decided to call it an old ale is ale. In any case, this has a thin brown head sitting on a deep brown beer. It’s got a nice roasty nose w/ a hint of raisin and a slighter hint of tart cherries. This is a medium bodied brew w/ moderate carbonation. Taste is somewhat light but w/ a nice chocolate character to give it some richness. It finishes clean w/ some lingering sweetness, roast and dried fruit. Nothing about this stands out as being particularly excellent but everything about it is solid and there’s no off flavors or anything to hurt drinkability. I could see myself downing quite a few of these w/o realizing they are a bit on the strong side so I would imagine it would do nicely to warm you during the late Autumn months. LetsGoState (886) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is malty with a small hit of bitter hops. Overall a not bad, but underwhelming fall beer.