StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Translucent and cherry-amber in color with an icy grey sheaf and a bubbly tan crème wrung on top for the head. Butterscotch, peat, caramel cardboard and crystallized ginger roll into brown sugar and then into the nose. Medium-flavored chocolate and cinnamon add their contributions to the dry, English chocolate toffee portrayal. Pecans get dashed with paling chocolate powder. Prunes get broiled and sealed with a chocolate wax shell. Fuller-bodied and splendidly balanced, with bock butterscotch intuitions and malted chocolate balls riding the coattails throughout and especially into the end. Thanks, Chuck! Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to MIBRomero for opening this during the tasting. According to him it was a 2004 vintage. Old ales are an interesting style - I would not mind getting my hand on some more. Most of them are fun, easy to drink and somewhat complex. This one is no exception.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger off-white head left traces down the side of the glass. Underneath was a mocha shaded body which gave off an aroma of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and baker’s chocolate. Overall it was a little on the sweet side.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was thick and chewy. Caramel, malts and blueberries highlighted a sweet taste. In the background was honey and a light alcoholic burn. While not extremely complex it was easy to drink. I could finish off a 750 of this alone over the course of one night.
2004 vintage per Chuck. The beer pours to a hazy brown body with a creamy white head. The aroma is old but nice grains, caramel, brown sugar, toffee and almonds. The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some interesting dark red fruit characters. Nice sweet toffee palate. Rich, delicious, great texture. Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Sampled at the Falls Tasting: Deep toffee aroma. Cloudy mottled brown with a light head. Flavor of liquid chocolate candy with a dark toffee interior. Mild residual coffee bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2004 bottle thanks to MIBRomero for sharing. Sweet caramel, buttery malt goodness with some malted chocolate notes. Hint of subtle hops. Ruby-amber-brown with a thin off-white head. Wow, flavor is tasty...like malted chocolate balls, intense but subtle. I like that it is sweet but not cloying. Medium full body, creamy texture. Nice.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2004 holiday vintage
Pours a deep maroon and ruby color w/ a thick tan well laced head glows a little when thrown into light. Aroma is very malty lots of carmel and some almsot brown sugar like flavors hints of toffee and some dark fruit as well as a hint of alcohol. Palate is thick and creamy. Oooh delicious flavor brown sugar and toffee some plum and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very very good. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2002 750mL bottle from Hopdog, consumed on 10/06/06axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Large toasted-almond colored head hints that this could be in excellent condition. The head is stable, though fading to only half-a-finger in height. Light lacing. Maroon-amber body, with light old-leather-brown tints. Medium clarity, unfiltered et al from this dedicated brewer.
Cherries galore in the nose, combine with English toffee and a warm, slightly sweet nuttiness (almond/walnut paste). Dry chocolate slowly sweetnes as it warms, with dry fruity esters balancing the sweetness well. Strong aroma to boot, with no alcohol apparency and just layers of sumptuous malt. Some spicy tones are noted, as well as a bit of dry breadiness and just the faintest touch of dark fruits.
Very malty in flavor, it does not hint at the 4 years of age under its belt. No oxidation and seemingly fresh, vibrant, deep malts. Rich caramel, medium-dry toffee and crystal malt breadiness all put on quite a show. Fluid, substantial texture, with appropriate carbonation (medium to medium low, not loose). No alcohol noted in flavor. Some spiciness, be it phenols or hops, gives a perky edge to it, while the finish is redolent of old, dry, raisin-oatmeal cookies. Love the esters in the nose and the soothing mouthfeel works wonders. Bit on the sweet side, without tons of malt complexity, but soundly made.
02 Bottle. Pour was a cloudy brown body with a small beige head. Aroma was very sewwt molasses, raisins, and brown sugar. The flavor was quite sweet with still enough life left to balance out the sweetness with a little alcohol. Finishes very nice. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Probably my favorite of all the old ales at the blind tasting. Not sure on the vintage of the bottle but it didnt taste old or oxidized at all. Slight haze but clears as it settles a bit and a thin lasting head. Thick sweet caramel and toasted malts in the aroma, with light fruity esters. Full smooth mouthfeel of biscuity and toffee-like mlats, light caramel, and cookie-like. Nice smooth finish with a lingering finish. Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
2002 750 ml purchased in Deleware branch.Lots of malts and toffee and complex sweetness with old ale, nicely mellowed.I can’t believe I drank the whole bottle, it just get going with a multi-course meal. Perhaps the best I have had from this brewer.