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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Inspired by and brewed with Bill Coleman, creator of the 'Salty Dog' strip which appears regularly in the 'Ale Street News'. Bill's homebrewed recipes were the focal point for 'Old Salty'. Made with wonderful Maris Otter pale malts and some Belgian specialties, this strong ale is really defined by the use of Challenger hops (and lots of them). Although it is brewed in the English-style, the high bitterness level (especially when drunk young) makes this beer more drinkable and reminds you where it was made. This beer is released in December and is vintage dated.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2002 vintage on tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. No head over a cloudy, brown body. Aroma is exceptionally sweet -- lots of caramel malt. Malty sweet flavor with some notes of brown sugar, molasses, and burned sugars. Underhopped. Too big for its bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2378) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2004 bottle shared by motortoddhead. Thanks! Hazy brownish red pour. Lovely aged barley wine aroma of lightly oxidized malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and aged hops. Flavor is a sweet caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and mild dark fruit with some alcohol spice to clean out the backend. Some faint, degraded hop bitterness. Semi-slick and coating. Very nice for a 9 year-old beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2004 bottle at Maxs Taphouse in Baltimore. Split with yourefragile and amyliz4. Pours a murky brown. Nose has caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dark fruit, sherry, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor has a bit of residual sugar with backing sherry. Caramel, toffee, bread, brown sugar, raisins, and dates. Medium body and fairly chewy. Has held up fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2004. Deep brown. So it is definitely old, oxidized malt, raisiny. There is a definite soy sauce autolyzed yeast character. Id say this one is about done at this point in its life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2004 bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy copper color with nearly no head. Aroma of big toffee malts, stone fruits, cinnamon, spices and some oxidation notes, not surprisingly. Aroma of toffee, raisins, spices and bitter hops. Full bodied. Glad to finally try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5419) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Thanks to officerfriendly or the kind soul who shared this at IBrew2or3s going away. Pours dark cola brown with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, cardboard, barleywine fruit, port, raisins, and some oxidation. Flavor is similar- past its prime, but has retained much of its former awesomeness. Flavor yields raisins, tart dark fruit, port, sherry, and lots of caramel mixed with oxidation. Medium-bodied, and still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle supplied by brother bruce at stateline... 2002 and 2004 bottles, both past their prime but.... Pours a hazy orange...decent head.. weak nose of some aroma old cardboard and malts.... Taste...... the hops are gone... but a malty bomb. Not bad.... as said... just past its prime. Medium body.... ahhhhhh. thanks bruce

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryans 5,000th rate tasting. 2004. Pours amber with a thin head. Sweet malty aroma with toffee and fruit. The flavor has sweet malts, some port-like notes, light fruity notes, toast, and toffee. Pretty good still.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours copper with a khaki head. Aroma shows port-like oxidation with notes of toffee, raisin, vanilla and a touch of earthy hops. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar, fig, butterscotch, and a light hint of nuts. Glad to be able to try this one, pretty interesting after the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10961) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Springslicker with a major gem, thanks my friend! Amber pour. Delicious stone fruit, raisins, oxidized but awesome. Flavor is sweet prunes, raisins, caramel, oxidation, fruit...awesome. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2004 vintage Hazy brown pour with a extremely thin head head. Aroma shows light oxidation, dark fruit and toffee. Flavor follows suite.

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