94 English Owd Ale, Moorhouse’s Brewery (England). 5.9% ABV (3/10)
Hazy copper orange color. Aromas of warm honey butter on toasted pumpernickel and chocolate-covered peach follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with creamy citrus custard, savory roasted fennel and corn, molasses and dark roasted nut notes. Finishes with a long, dusty earth, cocoa and nut fade. Very complex, contemplative and delicious. Try with roasted boar.
87 Samuel Adams Longshot Old Ben Old Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 9% ABV (2/11)
Bright copper penny color. Rich cherry cola, orange-mint jelly, fruit cake and spice aromas with a supple, soft fruity medium-full body and a tangy poached pear, pepper and radish finish.