hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Brewtopia 2004...
Murky, amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is fruity with notes of berries. The flavor is well-balanced and vineous with some notes of toffee. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, fruity, dry finish.
omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled in 2004. Dark amber, no head. Obvious yeasty, appley, oxidized defect corky aroma. Soft and medium bodied. Notes of toffee that drowns in a sea of rotting cork. This defect has ruined the beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of lunaticharness. Murky, light brown, no head, appears to be completely flat. English bw, more than a belgian strong. Aroma and flavor are dominated by caramel/toffee notes, light fruit. Very one dimensional.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Casta Milenia Limited Edition Cervaza Ale--2003 25.6 oz. Corked Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Abbey Ale. Hazy rich amber color. Foamy thin mild lace head. Mild Belgian floral ester fruity mild hop front. Thin body. Light toasted sweet caramel fruity body. Tangy ester citrus mild hop end. Belgian notes. Sampled 5/2/2003.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Joe: This one was probably aged for too long. Smell of sour apples, plums and vinegar. Tastes tart and finishes with some astringency. Smooth mouthfeel.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Joe, aged at NBD for 10 lovely, hot years. Smells a bit soupy, with prunes and heavy oxidation. Bearable, at least, bit the cardboard-like oxidation is a bit much.
tgncc (2751) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Right out of the bottle, tart cherries, vinegar, fruit, caramel. The pour is a red/brown, murky, almost no carbonation, some hanging particulates. (I found this guy in a farflung place, and the botle must be 4 years old). The flavor is tart fruit, cherries, spicy, vinegar. Slightly weak flavor, but decent. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, slick. The finish is a sour and spicy flavor, like mustard, but some fruit sweetness. Not bad at all. I’m actually glad I found this, as it is no longer made.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from an old trade with hopdog. Pours mahogany with a rich off white lasting head. Smells of fresh strawberries, caramel, grapes, raisons, earthy. Tastes slightly tarte and earthy with a light peppery finish. Well balanced and enjoyable.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a hazy amber color witih a thin white head. Little carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, phenol, nuts, molasses, figs, ripe dark fruit, raisins. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of mustiness, caramel, honey, cardboard, ripe fruits and some toffee. Generally medium body with a malty finish.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle courtesy degarth. Clear amber pour, cloudy and hazy, tea-colored, no lacing. Caramel nose, brown sugar, spices, some hot fruit, dry pepper and wood. Flavor is pretty oxidized, still good, some meaty tones, chocolate, mostly Tootsie-roll and some toffee. Thin-bodied, oxidized but still tasty. Unique and would love to have tried it fresh.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage pours headless murky copper to dirty brown. The aroma has some kick with brown sugar, dark fruity esters, lots of raisins and mustier dark fruity notes. Oh, did I forget to mention; lots of sweet raisins? The taste is pretty darn smooth with musty crusty dark fruit from ripe to near wrinkled cherries, raisins and plums moving into honey and brown sugar sweetness. It ends dry with lingering sugar sweetness and fading brown sugar and dark fruit.