Ssave64 (2) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2017 does not count ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and I’m glad it didn’t. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; it’s not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesn’t quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. It’s actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, it’s still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gyllenbock (9846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. We tried vintage 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. The rating is for vintage 2012 which was the best one. Dark amber with a small head. Sweetish with dried fruit, malt, caramel and some brandy. The body was full and the finish with warming alcohol. TychoJames (1451) - ï¿½rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Flaska systembolaget. Årgång 2017. Bärnstensfärgad vätska utan skum. Doft av trä, torkad frukt knäck och kåda.
Liknande i smak. Russin, trä, lite alkohol och rejäl maltkropp. Lätt söt munkänsla med avslutande torr bitterhet
gripweed57 (2862) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2017
12 ounce bottle. 2016 vintage; 11.8% ABV. Garnet colored with a small tight bubbly tan head. Rich, warming toasted malt flavor upfront. Notes of dried fruit, Madiera wine and caramel. Then the hops kick in. Intensely bittersweet and resiny and a wonderful balance to the big malty backbone. Quick amazing and certainly a classic Old Ale. Worth seeking out. oobawa (1736) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2017
2015 Bottle. A wicked beast, strong and heavy, loads of boozy malt sweetness on top of a powerfully bitter backbone. Caramel, honey, brandied plums, wood, and pine all crash together in a thick, foreboding ooze, leading to a finish dripping with resinous IBU vitriol and a hearty liquour heat. Still a tad abrasive at two years, but a worthy pint nonetheless.
Hopper8 (241) - Holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2017
It's a really solid beer, and I really like it. It was more hop than I originally thought I would get, but once I adjusted I really liked the beer. It's full of complexity and flavor and one of the best Old Ale's I've had. Good beer. higgsbison (266) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Full-bodied. Soft carbonation. Strong alcohol present. Other than that it was hard for me to peg down. Definitely needs to warm up. Didn't even care for it out of the fridge. Might be worth buying some to let age
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2017-08-29 testade jag årgång 2016 mot 2012. 2016: Röd bärnsten, disig med beiget skum. Söt fruktig doft med dova toner av vax, lite blommig. Söt smak med torkad frukt, nästan ingen beska. Söt och god men inte så mycket karaktär. 2012: Röd bärnsten, nästan klar, beiget sum. Söt doft, fruktigare än 2016. Även smaken är sötare som plommon i madeira, klara dessertvinstoner. Fyllig, sött komplex, stor, lite oljig munkänsla. Har vunnit på lagringen som givit en större sötma men även komplexitet. 4,1 gäller årgång 2012, årgång 2016 får 3,7. BlackBeerPG (890) - Darien, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Taste: Rich, malty,, warming alcohol, clean finish. Malty boozy nose. Copper, clear, tan head with a refined lattice of lace. Full but not heavy body. Michael27 (2357) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Kauf bei Getränkefeinkost Berlin). Version von 2015. Dunkles Rotbraun mit dünner Schaumdecke im Glas. In der Nase wuchtige Malzigkeit. Interessantes Prinkeln am Gaumen. Ziemlich straffer Körper. Alkohol könnte besser eingebunden sein.