djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Graeme for bringing this rare treat. Took some ingenuity to get cork out of lead seal. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is cardboard and brown sugar. Thick mouth with rich malt, very sweet, dark fruit, brown sugar, cognac. An amazing experience to be able to drink this.
bartlebier (2401) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
As Cooper’s Silver Jubilee Strong Ale, brewed in Burton on Trent, vintage ’77 bottle shared@ BBF ’15 Vintage Tasting ZO, merci. Distinct old ale aromas of madeira, macerated nut oils, deep semifresh spiced flavours resting underneath a sheet of dusty time on a thinned out cardboard palate. - Some of its former lustre has managed to survive.
allmyvinyl (5436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with no head. Aromas of Christmas cake, raisins, booze, brandy. Taste is cardboard, dried fruit. Thin texture, medium body. Interesting again, cheers Craig!
McNeillR (1595) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark purpelly brown, no head but clear and stern body. Nutty ruffled raisin nose, oddly tart and woody. Very nice tea like and softly softly tinge of bitterness. Rusty and rustic. Bright and tart. Very engaging finish, smooth sweet finish.
Bottle, Tasting by Numbers Tasting, Cheers to Craig and his hand bottling skills.
BenH (2843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. Dark brown with little tan head. Slightly oxidised aroma, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, chocolate. Sweet and bitter. Privelaged to have tried this
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is sherry, fruits, caramel, taste is sweet, syrupy, oxidised, dry, raisins.
Lukaduke (2519) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1978 vintage Princess Ale. Pours a slightly murky dull rusty brown color. Lots of leather, Madeira wine, burnt sugar, cardboard, raisin, wet wood, cured meat, decomposed leaves.
VsXsV (2635) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 1902. Hazy brown liquid with small off-white head. Still carbonated! Taste of raw sugar, leather, toffee, acetone, wood, vanilla, port wine, bread and light cardboard. Taste is light to medium sweet with notes of raw sugar, port wine, toffee, dried fruit, toffee and wood. Really good for the age. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Impressive that there’s still carbonation left. Tastes good after 111 years.
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to our Kenneth for bring along this 1977 swing top antique, 13/11/13.
Opaque dark mahogony brown with thin tan edgeing.
Nose is oxidised to the hilt, sweaty socks, dark toffee, rubbery, charred wood, dates, Xmas cake, dark fruit mash, plenty billowing about beneath the oxidised layering.
Taste comprises Xmas cake, spice, nutty, woody, a dark fructis epiphany, raisens, stewed dates, brown bread, Soreen malt loaf.
Medium bodied, flat, no carbonation, light bread mix in the finale.
Ok for a 36 year old beer and still plenty to offer below the oxidised skin.
maneliquor (3391) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ken is a legend. Great hand bottle. 1977 version. A dirty brown pour with a decent khaki head. Still has enough carbonation despite the hand bottle. Has been kept well. Nose is very wet wood, black cherries, plummy tartness, rum and brandy oiliness and undertones. Taste shows heavy plum, blood orange tanginess, mild oak. Really quite woody and dirty. Works nicely. Good alcohol warmth. Nice stuff!