zizzybalubba (1867) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Raleigh (Brier Creek location). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of apricot, fig, brown sugar, and peach syrup. The flavors feature tangerine and peach upfront with some malty sweetness and a hint of oak on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin considering what this is but the moderate alcohol warmth is just as expected. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to go with the general fruitiness in the flavor but overall this is a fine old ale. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Re-review April of 2011
Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized.
A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head
S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin.
T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish.
M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in.
D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? It’s a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Dark brown pour, thin light tan head. Fruity malts, very slight alcohol presence, some grain character. Taste isn’t as rich as anticipated, but still a decent old ale. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Opaque, murky brown. Minimal tan carbonation. A lighter, leaner version of something like Hardys or JW Lees. Great aged malt and old wood elements, cookie, toffee, cocoa, and graham cracker notes. Subtle earthy bitterness. Medium/full body, balanced, not cloying at all. Easy to drink considering the style and ABV. I dig it. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1 - Pours clear amber with a small tan head...aroma is grainy malt, light vanilla and light spice...flavour is similar, candy corn?, burnt sugar bitterness and sweet gritty grain...pretty tasty stuff...
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22oz bottle thanks to SincereNC, I always enjoy a good old ale or barleywine. This was definitely an old ale and the abv made it very easy to drink. Ruby color, smells fruity and tastes liek old ale should. Not quite thick enough for my taste as I prefer something like Old Stock but this was easy to kill the entire bomber. Overall, not a bad old ale at all and I was glad to have tried it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-31-2010 02:47:36 angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to travita. Clear ruby pour with small tan head. Aroma is raisins, plums and caramel. Flavor is caramel, raisins, bread, fig, and a hint of coffee on the back end. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with very minimal head that collars around the glass. The aroma is very slightly sweet with some hints of spice. Nothing to special. The taste is pretty sweet up front with some fruit type flavors and an ending of bitterness. Slightly boozy. Not sure about his one. Caramel types as well. Overall, a beer I am glad I tried but nothing I would go out and grab again right away. Medium mouthfeel. jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a thin beige head. Woodsy, malty aroma with a noticeable alcohol presence. Nice rich flavor with a good mixture of spices in the finish. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft at Duckworth’s. Another pretty disappointing brew. Just didn’t have too much flavor for a beer this strong. I have a bottle in the fridge, I’ll try it again.