freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2003
An immense tan head capped this deep reddish-brown brew. Raisiny and leathery notes in nose hinted at the full malty, earthy flavor of this fantastic brew. Bitterness is subdued, but rises towards the end. The aftertaste is sweet and spicy. Out of this world! SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Incredible (let it warm up a little bit). Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2002
On draft in VT: Ruby-amber hue. Aromas of wood, vanilla, dark fruit. Sweetness is very enjoyable, full bodied, chewy, toffee, maple, yeast is awesome. The best part is the hops which balance this beer incredibly. Alcohol is hidden, and this brew is trememndously quaffable despite its high alcohol. This is one of my favorites. cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
This is a fine barley beer with a darkened quality I like, not too heavy, and a good sweet flavor that lingers after the swallow. If I had to guess what flavors that come to mind, I’d guess molasses, butterscotch, and malt, with a touch of citrus to contain the flavors and give it a more mild taste, not overpowering, but complex, and plenty to feel good about.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 Pours a cloudy amber with a small head. Smells of caramel, citrus and figs. Taste is robust with raisins and prunes present. Very interesting brew.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Rerate 11/2/06 bottle that has been cellared for a year: Pours more clear with a small but present head. Smells of caramel, tea hops and figs. Taste is semi sweet with nice earthy hops and much more blended than I remember it. Definitely worth the revisit.
Enjoyed a pint of this one, on a cold afteroon at the brewery/brewpub in the quaint and funky little town of Brattleboro, VT. This beer is an excellent Old Ale, with lots of good malt character and flavor. Old Ringworm pours to a hazy, caramel color, with a slight white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very nice, with aromas of sweet malt, toffee, and estery fruit. The palate is soft and full on the tongue, with lots of good sweet, biscuit malt, and toffee flavors. Hints of estery fruit play against the cloying malt chracter and balance the over all sweet nature of this beer. This beer finishes with more good sweet, biscuit, toffee, and fruit up front, then ends slightly cloying, and warming. Really a great pint to sip and savor, and makes a great winter warmer. Mc Neill’s is such a cozy and inviting little place, a must visit if you find yourself in Southern Vermont. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
Raisins, figs, muted plums and prunes in the aroma with some dark malt, almost roasty character. Becomes vastly more expressive as it warms. Opaque, dark amber-brown with shy, large-bubbled, but lasting, tan head that covers. Plenty of suspended yeast that takes it’s own sweet time to settle back down. Gorgeous and intricate lacing. Very complex and fascinating flavour. Has roasty notes as well as mild acetic sourness, big caramel sweetness, lots of dark fruit esters and some herbal/grassy/pine-like hops. Fair balancing bitterness. As with most of McNeill’s beers, this one is very strongly hopped, but unlike a lot of the others, it’s really not that noticeable in this one. Medium-full body, creamy, smooth, somewhat still mouthfeel. Alcohol never apparent. Bottle (aged 9 months)... and you have to love that label... Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
1996 bottle, from Ray McNeil. Deep red brown ale with wonderful floating creatures. Vinous aroma with cinnamon overtones, complex and ever changing as beer warms up. Notes of rose water and candy sugar. Oily onctous body. Blended taste of malts, hops, lingering smooth bitterness, alcohol being camouflaged by all the ingredients. Wonderful, Thanks Ray. May 2004. Enjoyed with Capflu. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Turbid muddy brown pour, with aroma of heavy figgy fruit, cabernet, brown sugar, caramel malt, and rauchy notes. Tastes dense on the palate, with flavors of figgy fruit, cabernet, caramel malt, brown sugar. Smooth but thisone packs a punch toward the finish. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Cloudy brown color,medium sized tan head that lasted for a nice long time then slowly faded to a small lace.Light aroma of malt some fruit kind of sweet and maybe a hint of hops coming through as well.Nice malty flavor with a bit of some fruit maybe a little toffee and a mild hop presence.The alcohol is nicely done in this brew,fairly well hidden with just a brief showing in the beginning and a dull warmth at the end.Very nice brew full of nice flavors and easy to drink with little problem of an over abundance of any one flavor.Thanks go to Oldgrowth for sending me this fine brew.