Bos Vintage Ale
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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 570   ABV: 19%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5499) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3574) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6814) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle vintage 2003
Aroma plum, raisin, alcohol, sweet brown sugars. Dry-sweet notes with dry finish.
Appearance mild haze, dark brown with little to no lace.3-
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Molasses, soy with dry bold alcohol feel. Bold sweet malty character. Slight peppery side shown at finish. Top end with toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
2003 edition. Sweet and rich, no way did we pick up on the abv. Smooth, fruity plum, some char. Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me by proxy, FlandersNed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
355mL 2004 ed courtesy of FlandersNed. The pour is a tepid, deep mahogany generating a weak, yellow head. Nose is sweet licorice, raspberry, vanillin oak, cookie. Not much oxidation. Taste is huge umami/soy, sweet molasses, Marmite, savory beef broth like. Not too bad. Feels like an old, tawny, English barleywine. Perhaps a prototype for later Kuhnhenn barleywines. Whopping 20% is not too evident, which is scary. Pretty easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Unlabeled bottle courtesy of GT2 - thanks ( I think). Murky brown color, no head or lacing. Aroma of booze, wood, vanilla. Taste is slightly boozy chocolate syrup and buttersotch. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
í04 Vintage from GT2. Pours lightly hazy tawny with no lacing or head. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, bread), light hops with oxidized notes, dark fruits of plum and dates, medium alcohol. Flavor is sugary malt and light-medium alcohol, no bitterness, sweet finish with a brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Full body, high warmth, and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Another great beer had thanks to some great ratebeerians. Cheers! I have wanted to try this for some time now, years! It pours mahogany with almost no head. The aroma is caramel, minced fig meat, brown sugar coated prunes, full up sherry wet cardboard, wood and some soy sauce . . . smells great for a 2003. The taste has a sense of a steak marinade for a while along with caramel candy goodness running right into a sense of chili peppers, some brown sugar simmering beats, figs and prunes. Wow! A lot of stuff is going on here and it all works together very well. Damn nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one in trade. 2003 Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a teeny off-white head. Nose is port, sherry, raisins, dates, figs, plums, and hints of brandy and booze. Flavor is similar with a ton of peat and ash in the front (where did some of this some from?) and finish then pepper , brown sugar, and earth, with bits of soy sauce. Syrupy in the mouthfeel and a triumphant underdog of a barleywine.

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