thirdeye11 (5779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown with very little head. Nose of sweet grain, tons of allspice, wafers and vanilla. Taste of unsweet chocolate cookies, bittersweet finish. The 2002 and 2003 we had the same day were both fairly good, but this one has not aged nearly as well.
oh6gdx (22495) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Man In The Moon (had in 2010). Deep ambery colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is raisins, spices, mild Madeira like notes as well as some slight toffeeish notes. Flavour is rather similar in a very pleasant balance. Has aged very pleasantly. Man In The Moon in Stockholm certainly has some gems in their Cuveecellar.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Reddish brown pour with a bit of tan head. Has the spiciest aroma of all three (02, 03, and 04) with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is earthy, roasted, and spiced.
Blairgus (3310) - California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 April 2011, bottle w/ cgarvieuk. nose is cola haribo. med/thin and slightly fizzy. interesting. i like 2010 better. this is christmas spice and rich milk chocolate. nice for an xmas beer.
cgarvieuk (17254) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin brown lacing ... soft sweet chocolate raisine nose ... light cola ... little coconut ... little chocolate ... big soft roast malt ... hint of rum ... quite nice.
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Murky pour with a mainly brown color and touches of red near the edges. Almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is sharp spices and clay notes. Nutmeg for sure in this one. Dry flavor with bitter spices that linger for awhile. Some clay earthiness as well.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [2004, in my possession for one year, before was in the Woodstock Wine & Deli in Portland]... Poured near black with a thing, bubbly, tan head that faded quickly. Nose had a bitter-sweet molasses thing going on. Lots of molasses sweetness with licorice/anise, muddled fruits, cocoa, and dark-roasted malts.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Looks beautiful, with a deep, dark mahogany cola pour with a massive foamy tan head that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. The smell is intoxicating, with rich molasses and brown sugar, ginger, and a light allspice note. It’s a little too sweet, and there’s a hint of soy sauce, but it’s still a really nice smell. However, it’s something that I think I’d rather smell than drink...but here goes. Hmm...the taste is fairly muted in relation to the smell. Lots of malt, but pretty dry and flat until the finish, where the molasses comes out, along with burnt sugar, the ginger, and a little bit of toffee. Lightly bitter finish, with some anise and the molasses lingering around for awhile. Surprisingly thin in the mouth, with excellent carbonation, but such a watery mouthfeel that it detracts. I expected this to be a little heftier. All in all, much, much better than the 2003, but not totally my cup of tea.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The malty aroma still has hints of spices. The color is a bit darker ruby brown than the ’09 we drank. The flavor has lost a lot of spicrs and gained a lot more malty, abbey dubbel type flavor.
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured rich mahogany with a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up toasted nutty notes with lesser molasses and oxidation, accented by herbal notes, allspice, and cardamom.. dry and airy overall impression.. this was miles different from the older vintages I drank recently. The flavor found lightly sour molasses and tarry sweetness at the core, with the sourness sticking all the way through the drink.. dry coffee bitterness, nutmeg, and a touch of oxidation around.. finished with dry, tacky spices and an almost barrel-ly impression. Medium-bodied with just an OK flow through the palate.. dry and weathered feel.. seemed like it was a ways downhill.