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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 570   ABV: 19%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle shared during Kenís 20k tasting. Big thanks to the madman himself for sharing this beast. Vintage 2003. Pours clear, deep amber-brown with a light, bubbly-foamy head. Big ripe fruit and toffee aroma - itís still smelling good. Heavy sweet flavor, with assertive boozy kick, light smoke, bread, ripe fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, but fairly smooth overall and pretty well rounded, with further notes of rich and ripe fruits, and chewy toffee. A really fun beer. It has held up well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. Caramel brown / reddy coloured pour with a loose light tan head. Aroma is warming alcohol, solvent, dark toffee, liquorice, Flavour is sticky sweet, toffee, apple, dark toffee, liquorice, honey, some minty. Palate is sweet and sticky, moderate carbonation, oily, minty.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5318) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle shared by Ken at his 20K tasting at Chrisoís. Thanks! As íBos Vintage Ale 2003í, 19%. Black with a red hue, no real head. Aroma is molasses, redcurrant, meaty sugars, OXO. Body is oily and smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy rhubarb up front, dry spicy booze with a nice salty ashy finish. Quite an interesting flavour. Has held up well at 13 years old.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Bos Vintage Ale ].
[ Vintage 2003 ]. Clear dark red brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, caramel, oxidide, dark fruit, alcohol, light soy sauce - dark dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet with a long duration, bread, madera - raisin - dark fruits, alcohol, dark malt. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160115]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kennyís 20K celebrations @Chrisoís, thanks to Kenny. It pours a dark copper color with a minimal bubbly head. Aroma is filthy full of sweet molasses and soy sauce with artichokes and raisins. Taste I cloyingly sweet with notes of artichokes white chocolate vanilla and booze. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, ok

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11365) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle big thanks to Ken, shared at his 20K tasting. It pours clear darkest brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is rich, oily, meaty, oxidised, soy sauce, umami, brown bread, rivita, Eccles cake and treacle. The taste is rich, oily, dark fruits, jam, fruit compote, Eccles cake, big boosty alcohol aspect, toffee, umami and blackcurrant jam with a warming finish. Full body and oily, chewy mouth-feel. Slick, rich and warming. Fun to try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16587) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Clear brown amber. No head. Oily soy sauce. Some heat. Some raisin. Like sweet fruit. Like sweet wine. OK. Sweet but a bit of fun.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
12 oz bottle, via ClarkVV. Pours almost completely flat, it looks like a big íol glass of soy sauce with just a few bubbles at the edge. Doesnít sound like the best appearance, but for what I expected, itís spot on. The nose is huge, tons of sherry like oxidation, less alcohol than expected, rich dark fruit, a bit of soy sauce, tobacco, all good stuff. Reminds me of some of the better bottles of Hardyís that Ive had. The flavor is a little heavier on the bad oxidation, especially on the finish. Up front itís all good, nice sherry and soy with some light alcohol. The finish fades a bit towards a papery and slightly ashy note that lingers on past the slight alcohol heat. Itís surprisingly lacking in alcohol heat given the huge ABV though. Lighter in body than expected, Iím sure itís thinned a good bit over the years. Overall, a pretty good experience, Iím a big fan of old beers, and this held up better than most 12 year old beers would have.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3723) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle í02 Vintage 4/24/10 (Courtesy of FlandersNed at DLD)-Pours a murky amber. Aroma of molasses. Taste of brown sugar. This was a nice full bodied brew. Hides ABV very well. Bottle í04 Vintage 4/24/10 (Courtesy of FlandersNed at DLD) -Everything same except taste was a bit more malty. 7/3/7/3/14 Bottle í03 Vintage 4/24/10 (Courtesy of FlandersNed at DLD)-Pours a darker brown. Aroma of malt. Taste the same. This full bodied brew was the best of the three. 7/3/7/3/15

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
liamt07 (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
2003 Vintage, thanks Sammy for sharing. Brown body, almost flat. Big legs and some brown bubbles for a head. Nose of dark fruits, caramel, sweet tobacco, leather and brown sugar. Taste has dominant soy notes, a bit of cardboard, sweet dark fruits, lots of toffee and a piercing coffee roast in the finish. Super sweet and syrupy, fairly flat and quite boozy (even at almost a decade old). Really interesting but Iím not convinced that this has aged optimally.


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