Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Orangish amber color with off white head. Malty aroma with lots of fruit - flavors of caramel and fruit, a bit of sweetness as it warms. Very drinkable at 9%. Cavie (4769) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Clear orange color with a lot of carbonation and off-white head. Aroma is sweet molasses, wood and raisins. Dry nose yet spicy too. Flavor is aged grains and heavy sweet wood. Finishes brown sugar with some other sweet dark fruit. I like this. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle from the internet. Dark orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is lots of raisin, sweet malt, and a little alcohol. Taste is lots of dark fruit, definite alcohol, caramel, and sticky. douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2011
A cool bottle thanks to Nate. Pours a clear ruby color with a medium white head, sticky lacing. A sweet malty nose, cherries and butterscotch. The flavor is very nice; a true old ale, dusty and mostly dry, caramel, sweet throughout, fruity earthy berries. Nice. Drinkable. jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Hazy, chunky ruby-tinted amber coloured body with a copper glow and a very thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pit fruits, prunes, raisins, whiskey, alcohol and quite a bit of spice. Medium to Full-bodied; Pungent, potent malt flavour with a dose of caramel, some light earth and a bit of raisins. Aftertaste shows some light smoke and leather, a lot of alcohol and a ton of malt. Overall, a fairly well-done old, with more emphasis on sugars than most from the style, but the good basementy, musty malt definitely exist in this one. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle from the sampler six pack, purchased at Ye Olde Spirit Shop in Frederick, Maryland on 29-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 23-January-2011.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Brown pour, small white head. Booze, toffee, raisins and dates in the aroma. Flavor is a bit hot and too sweet but there are some good dried fruit and caramel flavors buried underneath. j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours a ruby tinged orange amber with a large beige head. Super sweet oxidized malt and a bunch of old plum and prune sorts of caramel, somewhat papery. Sweet and full of oxidized caramel. A little bit of warm alcohol, touches of dirty chocolate, and more oxidization. Somewhat awkward. I know I waited a bit to drink this, but it’s not even a year old currently and seems to have broken down a lot already. Meh. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber bruin body with an off white head and decent retention. Sweet and malty with hints of raisins, dark fruit, light chocolate hints but mostly fruit tones. Sweet a hint of booze and a light rum note. A decent ale. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Smells of sweetened sourdough bread and toffee come through heavy while old rum wafts in the background. Flavor is a rum/sherry and caramel mix with a boozy crispness at the finish that makes this pretty decadent. The only drawback on flavor was a sneaky cardboard thing going on toward the middle. Nice medium body and sticky mouthfeel on this one that seems to thin out as it gets closer to room temp. Good solid beer for the colder months. Thanks Boston Beer Company. 2010 12 oz. damzz (512) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Head is white dissipating in to sheet lacing. Appearance is opaque red orange. Nose is malty. Hops bitterness is slight. Taste is a malty sweetness. I like this brew. Why? Well, it registers as a successful edition of what a high octane brew with a light - for the category - approach without the cloying of an unctuous, heavy brew.