bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2006
This one surprised me, Poured a cloudy orange with okay head and solid lacing. Aroma was sweet, brown suger. Flavor was of molasses, little buttery and sweet. Mouthfeel was very creamy. Good beer. User37895 (3042) - - OCT 2, 2006
So much for my take on this style, I certainly liked this more than other do, although Iím not a big OA fan, so take that for what itís worth. Vintage 2004. The pour was murky orange color with black-brown coffe ground looking sediment at the bottom. The head was big with good lacing. The aroma was brown sugar, light fruitiness. The flavor was molasses, tea bags, light brown sugar, slight diacetyl (although well under control for an old ale), intriguing sweet/sour balance, and increasing lingering bitterness with temperature increase. Almost a nutty bitter aspect to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. I was a fan, no doubt. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
2002 and 2004 vintages from bottles at North Wales. Clear amber-copper body with a fading off-white head. Aged aroma of caramel malt, old fruit, and some sherry, particularly in the 02. Sweet flavor with some toffee, raisin, and dried cherry qualities. A solid old ale. The 02 seems peaked to my palate. DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
2002 vintage reserve bottle from North Wales. This beer was a wonderful find. It looks old, it smells old, it tastes old, and those are wonderful things. The pour is ruddy muddy turbid light brownish, with off-white head. The color of mud on an old running shoe left in your grandmotherís barn. The aroma is of caramel, cobwebby, dank malts, plus some funky fruits and moldy toffee. The flavor is complex, hitting you with some fruit and caramel malt up front, but it is old fruit, and the caramel malts have spent some time in your uncleís root cellar. The finish is rather on the dense side and complex, with a lot of old smoky fruits hitting the tongue, including orange, grape, pear, and apple, pus a good finishing dose of funky malt and oats. A very unique style and a very delicious style. Iron Hill has done it again, and thatís the bottom line. Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and caramel. Flavor is caramel, bitterness, roast. Not a good style for me, but drinkable.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
Earthy, perfumey, floral hops along with some clean, toasty, caramel malt character and plenty of fruity esters in the aroma, but it never seems to come together for me. Opaque tan body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to partial cover. Raisins, bittersweet chocolate and plums figure prominently in the nutty and sugary flavour. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, cathschlag, MartinT, Rastacouere, Olivier_MTL, Siroy and Yowie. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
25.6 oz. bottle. Pours opague brown with a large beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, fruit, slight hops to the nose also. Flavor is smooth, carbonated, citrus, slightly hoppy, caramel, slight roasted notes in the finish also. Good body, decent brew. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Hazy amber pour with floaties and a thin tan head. Very nice aroma of caramel and peated malt. Very good flavor of caramel and peated malt, itís very malt-oriented and reminds me of a scotch ale. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
Previous rating : 7/3/73/14 3.4 Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
2002 750mL. Light copper-apricot shade with a serious cloudiness, quickly losing its small white head. Fruity example and lightly tart, hinting at vinegar and I canít say I dislike that part, it suggests gently of apricots, tomatoes and just juicy fruits, but is accompanied by sulphuric matchstick evasions. In mouth, it surprises with a richness I had not suspected, old-ale like indeed with sweet and correct aged maple flavours, lightly floral, honeyed nectar, all soft and straightforward. I kinda liked the taste, but it didnít have much mouthfeel to go along with toward the further step. Medium bodied tired juiciness. Little flavour carrying there, dulled out carbonation. Why age it at all? MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A ring of head sticks to the blood orange dress.
-Creamy yeastiness and sweet fruity esters rise calmly.
-Fruity caramel and meek roastiness dominate the yeastiness.
-The creamy body offers a pleasant malt complexity.
-This is definitely on the malty side of things.
What if you dig deeper?
-In the 2002, dryness appeared in the back, as is a void, probably due to its old age. The 2004 showcased an earthy, leafy hop bitterness which was quite pleasant.
-Toffee character is nicely fitting with the earthiness.
-The 2002ís flavors seemed to be disorganizing with time; it must have been more cohesive earlier on. The 4-year-old 2004 was in fine form though.
-I didnít see any reason to age this 2002 as long as it had been aged; yet another strike for vintage beers in my book. On the other hand, the 4-year-old 2004 had aged very nicely, even though I would have loved to try it earlier on.
Bottles from the 2002 (3.3/5) and 2004 (3.7/5) vintages.