aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ripe dark fruit with some biscuit and molassess notes. Soft and herbal palate with a bready depth. Mild oxidation with a soft lingering finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz from pantanap - thanks, Kan! This one is super duper cloudy on the pour, almost like good apple cider in terms of its looks (although with a surprisingly substantial head, given the age). Very sweet and boozy, and Iím not sure how that compares to the young beer (which I obviously never had a chance to try), but fairly pleasant. Sour and caramel blend together with some tasty sugars and a nice bite on the tongue. More cider qualities emerge the deeper you get. I enjoyed this and big ups to Kan for giving me a chance to try it.
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What a great great opportunity to try this! I have to thank the Minnesota raters for outstanding generosity. Mildly hazy amber, thin ring of head (not much at this point in its life....) Markedly sweet, but with a sour edge--due to aging? Caramel notes, to be sure. My final synthesis while sipping this is that it is a decent beer but it probably wasnít worth keeping it this long.
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was awesome that Tyler and Zac shared this aged beer. Sweet and malty. A hint of oxidation, but it works for the beer. Almost no carbonation. Considerable sugar. It has held up very well after 8 years. Cloudy, muddy brown color.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by tyleranderso and hellomynameis. From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-hazy medium amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of powdery caramel malt, a touch of candi sugar and hard fruits. Taste is slightly oxidized and low carbonation with flavors of milk chocolate, caramel and a touch of orange. Finish is slick, slightly syrupy, with a sweet caramel malt aftertaste flavor.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Goldtwins and hellomynameis sampled at the MN RB Winter shindig. Time has tempered this beast for sure. Oxidation is setting in some. Plenty of sweet malt and candy on the nose. Overripe dark fruit. Pours bright clear copper. Almost still. Flavor is very malt forward with some cinnamon and chocolate. Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and thick.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering. Thanks to tytoanderson and hellomynameis for each sharing a bottle. Very sweet nose with hints of ripe fruit and caramel and toffee. Decent carbonation to accent the very nice ripe fruit and caramel with a hint of milk chocolate. This held up much better than I thought.
badgerben (4884) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 12, 2008. Super thanks to Tytoanderso and Hellomynameis for each bringing a bottle of this rare gem. Dark orange color with no head. Definitely has an oxidized aroma with good caramel and a bit of hops still left. Strong, sweet malt with caramel and some chocolate. Really quite good and Iím amazed itís still this good. Thanks again!
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Murky, glowing amber resin. Beautiful color. Thin aroma of honey and old, soggy wood. Lightly oxidized sherry and pepper touch. Thinned malt and a bit of crass saltwater flavor; biscuity with a dying whisper of pine and grassy hop. Bitter rind of orange and papery candies. Soft and tired in the mouth, finishing with a slick, bland, sweet coating of weak whiskey and aired out citrus. Time has simplified this into oblivion from something that seems to have been quite straightforward from the start; completely worn out. Thanks for sharing, Tyler!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma with some oxidization apparent in the aroma. Light amber like colour with no head. Amazingly good for a beer so old. Lots of carbonation surprisingly. Very sweet with some chocolate and fruit. I wish there was more of this around!