ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle. Pours deep red, no head at all. Aroma is amazing, sherry, port, vinous, but malty. The malt is so subtle but very appreciated. Flavor is full, rich, round, earthy, sherry notes. This was an amazing beer.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly murky golden red amber. No head.
The aroma is cleaner than the Gold Label version. Lots of vinous fruits and caramel, some alcohol and dusty cellar character. Not overly oxidized.
The flavor is sweet with a rather prominent aged character. Notes of sweet vinous prunes, currants and cherries. Clearly not as oxidized and Madeira-like as the Gold version. But it has a nice pronounced cellar character. The finish is warming with notes of candy.
Medium body, flat and sticky,
Nice, but I’m having doubts about why the brewery is making three different versions of this beer. They are not that different from each other.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
06 Bottle pour @ EBF. Brown pour with white head. Notes of maple, and caramel malts, along with intentional oxidation? Sweet, no real hop presence at this time, slight warming, could use a bit more carbonation.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured deep amber with some nice legs. aroma was sherry, brown sugar, raisin, and honey. flavor was much the same with the addition of some pecan. body was sticky icky.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Dark caramel, ruby and amber hues, soapy head that dies quickly leaving sparce lacing.   Certainly appears to be aged!   Smooth dark pitted fruit, honey, nuts, and maple syrup on the nose.   This one smells really tasty.   Slight alcohol is noticeable.   Very warming up front, malty, sweet but not overly sticky.   Dark pitted fruit, raisins, figs, dates, as well as carmelized sugar, burnt marshmallows, and just plain ole malty sweetness.   Really impressed with this one.   Very smooth, yet not too heavy.   Backside is full of raisins, dates and figs with a slightly burnt caramel malt sweetness.   This is a great sipper.   Almost like a cognac of beers.   Big thanks to fogdog for this one!
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep amber with no head. nose is honey, caramel, esters, and honey. sticky palate, honey, and vanilla for flavors, great stuff.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle 2009 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) still copper color with good legs. Nose of celery, brown sugar, with no alcohol presence at all. Taste of sherry, brown sugar, raisin, alcohol and toffee. Great flavorful body with a medium oily body.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy for saving this for me. Pours a murky brown. Aroma is incredibly sweet, burnt grain, toasty, dark fruit, very malty with strong alcohol spice. Flavor is the same. Mouth feel is heavy bosy and smooth, very warming. Overall, damned good shit!
ilovedarkbeer (2140) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Nose is mint, licorice, and peppermint certs, sherry, and brown sugar. Taste is similar with notes of boozy fruit juice and sticky caramel.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, medium amber with short lived foam, aromas of graham crackers, prune, honey, flavors of honey, toffee, fruit, ambrosia, very nice finish