michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle (2007 Vintage): Aroma of caramel, raisins, astringent, malts, slight alcohol, slight honey, dark ripe fruit, and is lightly vinous. Smells like an English barley wine. Poured deep amber/orange/brown in color with a a small beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Appears there are small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, caramel, raisins, tar, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Thin, sticky texture.
jkwalking05 (4672) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a small head that disappears. Rich toffee aroma, sourdough bread, molasses and caramel. Flavor is of caramel, plumbs, spices and nuts.
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Holiday Vintage 2008. Need to let this one age for a bit longer. Decent carbonation. Thin head that recedes quickly. Sweet caramel malts, raisins, cherry and some butterscotch. Color is a very impressive crimson brown. Noticable alcohol presence and kick. Seems like more than the 7.2% it claims. Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, caramel malts and some peaty and smokey notes. Finishes hot and sweet. A pretty darn sweet brew. Needs to age and mellow for a year or 2. I will get another one and let the next one age a bit.
Tried a second one a year or so later. Much less sweetness and more peat and smoke notes. Still a pretty good brew. Rating up.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holiday Vintage 2005. 750 ml bottle purchased at Newark, DE location. Label says Wilmington, DE. Pours a dark brown that allows no light to pass with a moderate-large off-white head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant malty aroma. The flavor is again malty with caramel and butterscotch. Very low bitterness at the finish. Buttery mouthfeel. A very nice old ale.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle ’04 vintage, thanks to Swolf3. Pours very dark, murky brown. Nice off-white head. Slightly sour maltiness. Very nice flavor, smooth and very rich. Very good
GMCC2181 (1601) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle courtesy of me! 2005 vintage. Cork popped off, which is always a good sign. Color was ruby brown, and a small head that faded quickly. Aroma was fruity. Taste better then it smells. Good balance between malt and sweet fruits and spices. No bitterness to it. Texture was average, same as the carbonation level. I am not to familiar with "old ales" so I was not expecting much, imo...its just an average session beer.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle ’05 vintage. Thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy beige head. Abundantly sweet and oxidized nose. Brown sugar, lots of oxidized malts, lemons, sweet spices, dough, caramel, raisins, and grassy hops. Sweet oxidized malt flavors. Cherries, plums, brown sugar, charred malts, dough, biscuit, and caramels. Piney and grassy hops in the finish. With this much oxidation, I could see how people wouldn’t be into it. But I thought the oxidized malts worked really well with the other notes. Solid beer.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. 2005 vintage. thanks to eclectic for this wonderful extra. pours chestnut reddish brown with creamy tan head. aroma is doughy, nutty, oxidized malt, hints of chocolate. flavor is doughy, nutty, chocolate, slightly and nicely oxidized. full mouth feel, smooth body. pretty nice aged brew. not sure it could handle much more age.
bu11zeye (12885) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy brown with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, plum, sulfur, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, toffee, caramel malt, and toasted bread.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DFW Tasting 6/8/08 Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing! This beer poured an amber color with a thin head. Not too much to say about this one. It was o.k. but not great. Cheers!