ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Big bottle. Dark brown color with a light brown around the edges of the glass. The aroma was big, sweet, and fruity mixed in with an earthy tang. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel that left a mild danciness on my tongue and in my mouth long after the beer went down. Big roasted malt taste with a fruity tinge. Good stuff! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2007
(22oz bottle, vintage 2007) Lovely medium beige head that leaves nice lacing, atop light hazed copper body with yeast flecks at the glass bottom. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee/caramel, some wood, sherry, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee/caramel, some cognac, wood, bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grapefruit. Soft and very smooth medium-full body. Excellent sipping beer. johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2008 Vintage sampled 1/2/2009, I can’t believe it took me so long to post a review of this one.
Pours a crystal clear brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. Thin head dissipates quickly. Smells of Brown Sugar, cherries, dark dried fruits, vanilla, some oak or smoke too. Very malty nose very little if any hop presence. Taste is sweet with dark fruits, toffee, sugar, a touch of alcohol and a warming finish. Mouthfeel is creamy/syrupy, body is medium, carbonation is ample. Another great brew from an underrated brewery. SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz brown glass pry-top. "Bottled Conditioned in 2008."
Appearance: Thin bone-white head, spotting on the glass. Deep red mahogany. Cristal-clear.
Nose: Alcoholic fruity esters, sweet biscuit (cookie), dried orange peel, malted milk, molasses.
Palate: Medium bodied and malt-ball goodness! Seriously, I’m blown away by this...Reminds me of a drier Madeira, from Bual or Malmsey grapes (low of the mountain). Oxidative notes of caramel and nuts, paper glue, cashew, caramelized palm sugar. Long, changing finish with some burn at the back of the throat.
Notes: I seriously misjudged this beer the first time I had it (2 or so years ago)! This beer has a lot going on, lots of similarities to oxidized dessert wines (Madeira, tawny/Colheita ports, Oloroso/PX sherries, etc.). I think it’s a little disjointed right now, but that it will fall into place in the next 6 months or so. Seriously good. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Very nice aroma, caramel, fruits, nutty, with some alcohol in the background. The appearance is a light brown, chestnut color, partially translucent to light, decent off-white head. The flavor is awesome, dark chocolate right upfront, fruits, caramel, and again the slight alcohol peeking out. The finish is lightly hoppy, but enduring, with the flavor of chocolate and nuts on the palate. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Smuttynose really knocked one out of the park with this one. This is a style I really enjoy, and this beer represents that style well.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
courtesy of a trader many moons ago that i cannot remember, but thanks a ton! i had no idea what this was when i got it! been saving this one for a while now. pours a nice deep auburn with an orange tinge and green, yes green edging, very nice. aroma of muscat grapes, apple juice and dusty old goodness. the taste is nice, sweet, a bit tart in the finish to balance. nice drinker, warm, thought it would be a much higher abv. great stuff, would definitely trade for this badboy again. gave it an extra tenth due to being more awesome than the sum of its parts. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Aroma has that wonderful molassas saturated cake batter,that you occasionly find in these old ales,some hopping comes through as it warms, taste is not as full as the aroma would lead you to believe,but still a hearty cake and chocolate ,combo ,hopping a little harsh,and so reasonably priced , well done Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2009
THOUGHTS: Wow. Very intense, yet drinkable at first. It soon became a bit cloying. Maybe aging will take care of that. Nice, but it could be way better. So much fruit. Way more fruit in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brownish red that was sort of mahogany. It was bright red in the light with an average to large creamy, khaki head that mostly diminished and left good lacing at first, but soon it was only fair. The aroma was heavy caramel. molasses and tobacco, light to moderate hops, red wine, maple syrup, brown sugar, alcohol, candy, candy sugar, dark fruits, light fruit, lots of fruit, caramel and candy coated fruit, and a light touch of that barley wine-like aroma. The initial flavor was rather sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was very sweet, a little sour and bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, syrup, dark fruits, slight chocolate, tobacco, port wine, that barley wine taste, some sour fruit, candy sugar, some earthy hops, lots of different fruit, a laundry list of fruit including coconut. Just a smorgasbord of fruit. The medium to full body was quite syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a metallic, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic and dry finish. Mikeyaponte (76) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2015
In draft at Smiths, Springfield Mass. Delicious. Won't disappoint. 75 fucking characters my ass. ...................:::;@$$((?)
- via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2007
Pours brown with a white head. Smells sweet and earthy. Tastes sweet and raisiny. Mouthfeel is thick with a bitter finish. Decent. RIP Olive, you were a great mascot.