Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this one! Itís a vintage 2007. The color is mahogany red and the head is huge, nice and creamy. The aroma has sweetness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, hops and light citrus. The flavour has sweetness, citrus hops, oranges, raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugar and the finish has light citrus. Itís nice, but there are even better ones out there...
Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle. Very dark and hazy chestnut color, medium tan head with good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel syrup. Taste is sweet butterscotch and light spice. Nice.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Aroma is just plain caramel. Brown color with a disappearing beige head. Strong malty flavors with floral hop. Exceptionally smooth. Not a trace of heat, and this is 10.4%. Quite an experience.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2007 sample shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear reddish brown copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit, earthy and small caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
madsberg (9337) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. Dark amber with a reddish gleam. Unclear. dense light brown head. aroma of sweetness, herbs, ripe fruits, light caramel. flavour of caramel, sweetness, ripe fruits, spice, herbs and flowers. medium to full bodied. dry and sweet light bitter end.
Ratman197 (8491) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, light vanilla and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22-oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dates, alcohol, and cola. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; ends with a spicy alcohol bite.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... VBWT2008... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits and chocolate malt intertwine nicely with a vinous depth, complexity and fragility resembling pinot noir. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet caramel and chocolate stand alongside blended red wines. Medium sweet, moderately bitter, caramelly finish. Thanks go out to Beerlando for sharing this excellent beer!
hopdog (8228) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ratebeer rating #3,900. 22oz bottle, 2007 Vintage. Poured a deep and muddy mahogany color wtih an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of pine, citrus rinds, caramel, dark fruits, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, wood, toffee, and citrus. Sticky. Has a nice balance. Light to medium alcohol in the finish. Iím glad I have a few bottles to test out through the next few years!
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bottle 2008 vintage.
Deep amber pour. The nose is pretty intense. Rich sweet nose and a bit of sweet malt and light chewy caramel. A nice toffeeish character toward the back, but also with a pretty assertive fruity hoppiness. A kiss of chocolate adds another touch of malt complexity to the brew. Itís got a lot of fruity hoppiness but it doesnít really come across as being all that bitter. Intense mix of flavour that are still nicely balanced. Sort of a dark, toasted barleywine, but itís pretty nice really.
Tap at the 2006 Hard Liver Festival. Vintage 2004. Gorgeous amber-garnet colour, nice fine-laced dark tan head. Sticky lace as well. Aroma is fairly herbal and minty. Sweet malts, well balanced. Flavour is malty but also very fruity with cherry and blackberry esters throughout. Lingering peppery finish.
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