Aggiebob (1134) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2017 Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage, 12 oz bottle in snifter. Cloudy, rusty dark amber pour with just a thin ringer of slightly off-white head. Boozy, fruity aroma with a lot of caramel and toffee character. Notes of figs, prunes, strawberries, and bready malts. Flavor is still boozy, though less so than I remember from when I first bought it about 9 months ago. Slightly oxidized flavor that faded as it warmed. More fruity than I remember. Picking up a big strawberry note for some reason, along with the plum and toffee. Finish is sweet with a burnt sugar aftertaste. Still a little hot. Palate is thick and chewy. This one seems to have aged pretty well in its year in the basement. Much less alcohol burn, and more fruity esters have developed.
Bottle. It poured a murky reddish brown with a off-white head. The aroma has notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. It is a little bozzy. Very nice sipping ale. john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Bottle. Vintage 2015; Drank June 2017 - Clear red brown in colour. Small frothy off-white head. Very malty; lightly roasted malts, caramel, toffee, oaky, brown sugar. Dark fruits; raisins, plums. Some balancing hop bitterness. Bit spicy; peppery. Warming alcohol. Smooth, syrupy, viscous. Sweet roast malty and fruity throughout. Quite dry malty. Super sipper. Enjoyable Old Ale. (2017-06) Kiezmar (649) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Butelka. Piwo uciekło z butelki. Nieco metaliczne, suszone owoce, ogólnie pustawko. elbernays (1509) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle from Saveur biere. Pours caramel Brown with frothy white head. Aroma is honey, toffee, brown sugar. Flavour is a grainy brown sugar. Toffee with a light sugar wet finish. Lovely. TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2017
Big sweet malty nose with tons of orange bread, dried raisins. Malty thick. Good stuff
djnorth (3) - - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
Recently tried this on tap at the North Coast restaurant/pub in Ft. Bragg and was immediately impressed. It has a nice ale aroma and the flavor is fantastic: rich, complex, not too bitter. Everything seemed perfectly balanced. For an ale of this ABV that isn’t Bourbon-barrel aged, it is a true stand out. BeerRenter76 (1015) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/12/09. 2008 vintage, most folks reccomend aging this one and i think they are probably right. Although pretty good it was a bit hot, because the alcohol; while not overbearing was noticeable. Flavor had huge sweet caramel malts, plenty of dark fruits in the aroma and flavor such as raisins, dates and some plum. Overall it was pretty nice but i would like to cellar one and try it again next year. Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Cukier i potworny, wódczano-rozpuszczalnikowy alkohol. Dramatycznie złe. jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2017
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the 2011 bottle! Poured into a snifter showing translucent caramel brown with no head.
The nose is brandy forward.
The palate is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Medium alcoholic spiciness, slightly cloying without much dimension. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2017
Can believe im just rating this. I’ve had a vertical from 1999-2015. Pours amber dark color. Taste is a nice sweetness with lots of malt backbone.