mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a glowing dark red, with a very thin, brilliant white head. Big, fruity caramel smells dominate the aromas. Almost like candy. Cherry and sweet fruits come to mind. The taste is sweet as well, a lot of caramel, low carbonation, but very full flavored. Pretty smooth finish, a touch bitter, but mostly sweet. Quite tasty. Really good old ale, that doesnt taste too old. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2007
2002 bottle courtesy of Hopdog. Pours copper with a nice tan head. Smells of spices, roses, caramel, toffee, some tea, and dough. Tastes of spices, pepper, sugary and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is velvety with a syrup/sugar/semi-bitter finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
2004 Holiday vintage bottle shared by MIBRomeo on 12/16/06: Pours a hazy mahogany with a nicely-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet, slightly oxidized caramel malt with some toasty notes. Body starts sweet and caramely malty with some mild complexity. A pretty decent old ale. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
25 oz bottle, 2005 vintage, from Phoenixville location. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown colored body under a foamy beige one finger sized head. Generous carbonation retains head for the duration. Aroma is malt dominated with just the slightest hint of sherry like oxidation. A hint of alcohol, lots of toffee and caramel, and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is an all out malt bomb, but not as much depth or complexity as I was hoping for. Heavy caramel malt without much sweetness thankfully, finishing with that light oxidation note. Some light alcohol and tobacco flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slight chewiness, and a little stickiness on the finish. Moderate slightly fizzy carbonation doesn’t really add or detract. This was decent, but not among the best I’ve had. A commendable effort. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2007
Sampled at Argo0’s tasting. 2004 vintage. Dark amber with an off-white head. Brown sugar, light smoke and apple in the aroma. Flavor of toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, light earthy grassy hops and a hint of pear. Full, round and creamy body with lively, fine-beaded carbonation. Good stuff.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
750mL bottle, 2004 vintage, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a hazy, medium reddish-orange color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Nougat and candy sugar aroma; hints of dried fruit. Medium-to-full chewy mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, dried dark fruits; warm, creamy vanilla character throughout. Lengthy, wet malt and nougat finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2007
(75cl bottle, 2004 vintage) Small tan head atop cloudy dark amber body with flecks. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel, some raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel, raisin. Medium-full body, some stickiness, very smooth. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle, 2004 Vintage. Pours copper.orange/amber, with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, raisins, toffee, and a little chocolate. Flavor is malt, fruit, raisins, toffee, and caramel. Really a nice job on this one. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Hazed copper color with a small swirl of light beige bubbles. Stewed raisins, plums and prunes in the aromas. Light hints of strawberries and alcohol. Full caramel flavors, with lightly toast nuts and mild chocolate. a light mild old ale that just says, here I am enjoy and don’t think to much. Thanks Chuck. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Another excellent beer provided by MIBRomeo! 2004 Holiday vintage. Poured a dark, lightly hazy caramel with a darker middle and a creamy, tall off-white head. Nose was of sweet toffee candy and semi-sweet chocolate with some floral, herbal, and mild pine hoppage.. smelled great! Flavor was of sweet, grainy caramel, toffee, chocolate, and candy with some complimentary alcohol driving it well across the palate. Palate was creamy with moderate oxidation and a couple sharper alcohol points on the tongue. Very good beer! Thanks Chuck!