ihrabe (6) - Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Fully depends on the year. Last one I had was from 2016 (I think) and it was undrinkably sweet. Prior years had been awesome, though. dnstone (3625) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2017
Pours a dark copper with off white head. Malty forward aroma, sweet. Flavor is malt forward as well, but roasty and not overly sweet, well balanced. A nice barleywine.
Note: Westport Strong Ale Fest '17 Jrwhitney6 (515) - - JUN 2, 2017
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Nose is funky - some malt and chocolate, but a bit of an odd smell, too. Taste is awesome, though - some bourbon, black licorice, coffee. Chewy mouthfeel - almost like food. Good stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone iampaw (1) - - MAY 27, 2017 does not count
I didn't get the burbon taste at all. Strong toffee taste. Just a little bit of a head. Tried this because i was told it was a very popular beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MetalNHopHead (2257) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 16, 2017
Free State’s Old Backus is a malt bomb with lots of class. It pours brown. It has a nose that leans heavily toward toasted malt sugar - brown sugar, caramel, and cooked fruit. Caramel, molasses, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, stone fruits, and dark fruits make up the flavor profile. While this definitely leans more toward the English malt-forward style, you still get some zesty hops toward the finish. Gorgeous stuff.
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2016
6 oz pour from chilled bottle into sniffer. Deep burnt orange, opaque, weak off-white head. Nose of plum, stone fruit, raisin, a little apricot, caramelization. Body is syrupy, thick, a little carbonation on the finish. Taste is sweet, molasses, malty, raisin a little lingering boozy-burn on the finish. thomashall (1249) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2016
12oz bottle shared. Nice caramel color. Nice hoppy caramel toffee aroma. Taste pretty much follows, bitter up front, sweet in the middle, dry finish. Pretty solid! ozzy70 (1333) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Poured murky brown, thin tan head. Aroma was fruity, plum and malty. Taste was bitter, peppery. HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
A- Oak, stone fruits.
A- Mahogany color, cloudy liquid, off white head.
T- Woody, rotten fruit, pear, peach.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bland finish.
O- I’d say this one is a bit overrated, but it’s not entirely bad by any means. Just not the complexity I think it should have to make me say wow. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Sampled from a bottle,
this ale had a hazy medium brown-rust red pour and gave almost a one finger cover of pale yellow bubbles that receded to a small ring and scattering of small islands, it left some spots of lacing on the glass,
it had malty aromas with caramel, some bread, faint chocolate and raisin like fruit, faint citrus notes in the background with malt and light brown sugar sweetness,
the flavors were big malt, caramel, some chocolate, a little raisin dark fruit, some light brown sugar sweetness and very faint peach fruit notes with a little imperial red notes in the background that I found to be a little odd,
the finish had a small alcohol / citrus bitterness and trailed on the tongue for a bit, malty notes followed and clung to the mouth to give a back and forth of malt and bitterness with a tip to the malt and sweetness,
the mouth feel was medium full, it was a little creamy and had soft to average carbonation,
this beer was pretty mellow and easy to drink, a nice sipper of a drink.