WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A nice beer, from Founders. Good color, though not much of a head. Has that sugary, grainy appearance so common of barley wines, and a good, reddish hued brown color. Nose is warming on its own, dominated by the hops and alcohol. Flavor is, again, very similar to a BW, though perhaps not quite as hoppy or rich in flavor as that near cousin. Finish fades into hoppy goodness. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
12oz bottle courtesy of JCB. Pours a hazy amber with some floaters and a 2 finger cream head but only spotty lacing. Nose is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is raisins, toffee, sweet dates and a light hop finish with some alcohol burn mixed in. Medium mouth feel. Decent brew. Thanks Jason! GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a murky reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that lingers as a thin cap for quite a while and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malts and dark sweet fruits. There is definitely a wood and bourbon presence but not overpowering. There are some floral hops up front as well.
The taste is boozier than the aroma with lots of bourbon and oak throughout. The flavor has the sweetness of the caramel malts and molasses but it takes a back seat to the barrel character.
The mouthfeel is crazy smooth but with good carbonation. Just coats the mouth wonderfully.
This is an interesting old ale and I think it would have been even better for me without the overpowering barrel presence in the taste. Nonetheless, a good sipper. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Well this is just delicious. I thought it was Old Curmudgeon Ale and was a barleywine, but apparently it is an Old Ale, which I dont know what that is. What is it? Its like a barleywine, I guess. Nice beer to light your old man fire. Apparently, I cant use apostrophes on ratebeer anymore, this is difficult. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle: Pours a hazy amber/copper with a dense light tan, thin head. Big aroma- vanilla sweetness is there with some dark fruit notes of plum, fig, sherry, maple, and a mild booziness. Big bodied, but never cloying. Chewy, big malt presence in the flavor. Plum, honey, dates, bitter dark fruit skins, spicy ethanol notes, but it is smooth in its booziness- almost rummy. The finish has residual toasted malt qualities along with a long resiny hop presence to dry out the initial big malt body. Despite its high gravity, it remains drinkable. This solid Old Ale may improve with time.
Suttree (6413) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Copper, no head - nice aroma, with a bit of rum or whiskey, and touches of vanill and chocolate. Flavor is smooth and rich, with a bourbon and brown sugar, maybe some molasses, too. Very tasty stuff. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Nice old ale. Heavy alcohol aroma and taste. Sweet malts overcome the hops easily. Pours a dark amber with a moderately firm head. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet. dchmela (3070) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy TheCheeseman. Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt, toffee aroma with hints of earthy hops. Very bold caramel malt, earthy hop taste with hints of fruit. Alcohol is hidden well, very smooth and english BW like. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.