unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
22oz bottle. Colbalt blue & Ruby Red label. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma oh citrus hops & dark malts. Tastes like an Americanized version of the Old Ale. Dark malts, dates/figs/raisins, burnt caramel, charred sugar. Sweet backbone with loads of citrus hops flavor. (3568) jbruner (5448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours a murky blackish-brown from the bottle with bubbly tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, dust, and toffee. Taste follows, well balanced with the booze well hidden. It was definitely good, but I feel I need to get another one to age it. I will report back. Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAR 29, 2013
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is light caramel and toffee. Flavor is rich caramel and toffee with a nice hit of hops which surprised me for an old ale. It’s a little thinner than some, but I find it quite pleasant.
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Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.
Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 22oz bomber - Before rating this brew, I just want to say that I appreciate Sweetwater for making affordable brews. Also, nice name to this one. Pours a clear, but dark ruby/brown with off-white head that quickly diminishes to a bubbly ring. Smell heavy on the caramel malts with swirling dark fruits and some booze and earthiness. Taste is chalkly caramel malts, sweet hard candy, dark fruits, bitter than most old ales I’ve had, a vinous note creeps in. The booze is just noticable which is not a bad thing in my opinion. I also think this has to be one of the biggest beers Sweetwater has made (research shows 2nd biggest taking out the Quad’s variations). Medium with fine carbonation. Overall, at the price, I will most likely be buying a couple more to hold on to for a bit. I think this one shows some characteristics that could become more pronouced as it ages. (plus we don’t get to many ageable beers around these parts).
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Good to see the boys (I’m sure) at Sweetwater still have a boy’s sense of humor. This was a bottle shared by my brother-in-law. Pours clear brownish red with a small beige head. Nose shows caramel, toffee, figs and prunes, burnt candied sugar, and some citrusy hop presence buried under it all. Taste adds a slight earthy character. Dry palate. Surprisingly good, and very drinkable for the abv. Good deal. TomTron (462) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a murky brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee that seem to fade away. Taste has a decent amount of caramel and toffee in it as well some slight fruit notes and a faint amount of earthy hops that linger. Definitely feel the warmth in the stomach from this one and the legs in the glass are running well. Finishes dry and has a mouth watering effect. Overall this is a pretty solid offering but the best thing about it might be the gnarly bottle art. CHEERS! bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a deep amber-chestnut into the glass, with a nice eggshell head that leaves nice window-wash lacing. The nose is of spices, wood, malt and basement. The flavors are malty, some earth, toffee, dark fruit (i.e. prunes), peppering alcohol notes, pie spices, caramel, and finishing with a doughy caramel astringency. The mouthfeel is lightly oily with a full body. This goes down well, and I would really love to cellar a bottle for a couple of years to sample this once it has matured and mellowed a bit. NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bomber from Downtown Wine. This seemed more like a barleywine to me. Starting with the brown color to the aroma of toffee, bread and alcohol. Hops are significant, but not powerful. They impart a pineapple-esque citrus. The flavor is boozy with a sweet finish. I’m not sure what the twist is to categorize this as an old ale. Decent beer. I might actually agree with allowing it to age a bit. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
This old ale has a dark, dark amber, almost brown in color and a white head that makes for a nice contrast. The aroma is so weird... blame the hops? What do we do? Aaaah.. the DANK! Yes, it smells dank, and sort of woody. It’s such a weird smell. As my friend Wes mentioned, these guys can brew anything they want and can get away with it. And just because they brew it, it tastes better than if any other brewer made it. Name matters when you have street cred. Hops and some weird, woody, perhaps a yeasty character controls. As weird as it smells, it tastes really mellow, with mostly just a low-caramel, malty, slightly hoppy flavor. It’s very mellow. As odd as it seems, they pulled it off well. Still enjoyable, as weird as it is!