bhensonb (15755) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy ruby/brown with a small beige head. It has that strong malty smell suggesting it’s like fresh Gales Prize Old Ale. Not that I can remember having that fresh, but I can imagine. This one has that heavy fruit sugar aspect. Who knows how it will age. I certainly won’t. Medium plus body with lightish carbonation. Flavor is stone fruit and malt - in a dark way - with a touch of sour, and perhaps a touch of diacetyl. Hope not. Very smooth. Finishes smooth, fruity and malty. There’s some bitter fighting here, but overall this approaches barley wine. I guess the low ratings reflect chacon a son gout. Well it certainly works for me. crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Old Rate. 500ml bottle. Not a pale ale in the least. Very alcholic and almsot liek a malt-liquor barleywine, pass on it. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Amber pour. Whitish head. Sweet aroma of iced tea, fake lemon. Flavor is the same. Rather yucky. Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Cloudy bronze - copper, no head. Smells a little like maple syrup, but also a little bit hoppy. Flavor is bready, but there is a sourness that is is kinda unappealing. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Lightly hazed copper to umber colored liquid. Moderate, but stable ecru head. Light fruit and sour mash scents. Sweet malt and lightly sour. Not much bitterness to be found. Rustic, perhaps; good, not really. 3/11
nearbeer (5604) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2010
500 ml. Hazy, brownish-copper with a nice lasting head and lace. Nose of dark fruit, brown sugar, and red wine. Flavor is similar with the red wine on top of the brown sugar and fruit. Medium body is watery and dry, with little carbonation, like a red wine. Did I mention this one was like drinking a low ABV (8%) red wine? Not bad, but not great either; buy a cheap red wine instead... Frank (4235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
I was going to send in a correction on this. As of Sept. 2010, it is listed as an ESB on RateBeer. It is 8% ABV as per the label so I think it disqualifies it for that label but, honestly, it really doesn’t taste like 8% alcohol and flavorwise fits in reasonably well w/ ESB so whatever. If you want to send in a correction and say this is an IPA or whatever, go ahead and I have your back. I am just not taking the trouble myself, though I suppose that would have taken about as much time as this to do. Oh well, on to the beer. It pours kind of a gross cloudy brown although w/ an attractive head of fine bubbles. The nose is really mild, sort of a touch of hops and caramel sweetness. Really, this just does not justify itself for being eight percent alcohol. It is just way too light tasting. I am OK w/ a mild tasting brew. I love them, in fact, but part of that love is that I can sit around and drink them all day. If you can’t do that--and maybe I am just old but I can’t drink eight percent alcohol beers all day--then not having much taste loses its appeal entirely. The flavor here is just sort of grainy, vaguely tart, w/ some vague raisin fruitiness and a very low level of earthy hops. It’s watery and just generally very bland. I want to down my glass and be done w/ it but I can’t because it’s eight freaking percent alcohol. This is really not worth it. I am glad I didn’t bother sending in corrections. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
hazy orange with a white head.
not much in the aroma... florals, a little malt, caramel, vanilla and orange.
the flavor makes me think of sour iced tea?
thin for 8%. meh. 4/3/4/2/9
cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Poured from 16.9oz bottle, pours a very murky brown with a thin head and no lacing, the aroma very sweet with some cereal notes in it, the taste had a sweet front end and in the finish it tasted like sweaty socks, very musty and odd, I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2013
Found some notes from 2010. Pours clear amber with a thin white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is bread malt with some underlying hops and a strange cherry aroma. The flavor falls a bit flat with just a bit of bread and caramel malt with very light hops. The body is medium plus with light carbonation and a short finish.