igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4-Oct/2002 batch. color is light copper with thinnish off white head. chock full o" floaties! aroma is very fruity, pick up pear more than anything. flavor is also strong on pear and VERY perfumey..7.5 alcohol is not detectable..very good beer!
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hold the phone Reg, Im gonna start ranting. Fresh for 2002, this shit is well good, and I expect you to go and buy a sixy right now. It makes one remember why one likes (and bothers to spend time rating) beer in the first place. There is for sure some woodiness in the flavour esp. aftertaste with an overripe citris-y thing goin on. For real. From my shitty experience, it sort of has a belgian strong ale character mixed with the unique Coopers fruityness they get from their warm-temperature-friendly yeast. The head disappeared in the first minute though, which is a tad disappointing, because it seemed quite creamy when I poured it into dubs famous beer goblet. Holy shit, Im coming back for more on this one... cant wait til next September Dr Tim!
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice dark feel and flavour. Certianly one of the better brews from this brewer.....highly recommended
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch No. 4-OCT/2002 Vintage: Same one as Duff.. hmmmmm vintage, must look up the definition of that. They had a year off producing this stuff, so this one should be good.
[Later]Pretty tasty, prefer the vintage stout. Fairly smooth, with a bit of an initial acidic bite. Creamy. It gets better with every bottle. Sweetness comes though a lot more as time passes. Kinda interesting colour. Let it warm up a bit and you will see.
Oh and make sure you pour those lumpy bits into the glass, they add a real edge.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2003 Batch No. 4-OCT/2002 Vintage: Well, i think i was guilty of over-rating this brew a touch on first sample, it still is quite nice. quite a fruity (peaches/pears/apricots), a touch sweet. Some leathery earthy flavours in there, witha hoppy citric finish, with a touch of wood. The body is slightly creamy/oily and round, some herby/spice notes. Not really watery as others have mentioned, but not necesarily heavy either, hopefully this improves in the next few years. Update: Thanks to eczematic for the tip, this certainly has improved. Yep, whole lot rounder, for sure. The palate is caramelly, with some butteryness from the secondary fermentation in the bottle i guess?. oddly its almost become a bit tart and acidic, but in the best of ways (quite refreshing), some upfront sweetness still exists, but the finish has become dryer, softer, and longer. Fruity, yeasty as always, but nicer, should have bought a six pack, instead of a bottle.
Indra (2531) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oct. 2000 batch. Soft, floral aroma with some caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and a fruitiness that gives hints of baking apple pie. Light to medium reddish amber in color, bottle conditioned and so imparting a pleasant haziness. Head is very creamy and lasting. Flavor is largely estery and malty, with some red apple, pear and plum and a faint, pleasant spiciness. Creamy mouthfeel but texture is also partially shaped by a fruity tartness. Medium bodied. Finishes with a light amount of hop flavors, yeast and slightly tart, fruity sweetness. For all of it’s sweetness this manages to avoid being cloying. I have a feeling 2 years was just about the right amount of aging. Flavorful and unique, as well as tasty and appropriate for mid-November.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice apple aroma, some other soft fruits throughout. Very easy drinking and solid flavour.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 2002 Batch.
Hazy pale amber colour under a medium size and lasting off white fine bubbled head. Medium strength fruity hops and faint plasticene and candy caramel malt aroma becoming more bubblegummy as it warms. Medium light body with a bit more zing on the tongue than one might expect. Has a bit of their Sparkling ale character about it. Start is medium hoppy, plus some fruity and malt. Middle is softer but fruitier plus some grainy malt. Pleasant medium light fruity with hint of vinous lingering alcohol finish and aftertase. Balance of flavours and alcohol is that to be expected for a fresh young strong ale - which its is. Will be interesting to try in a year or twos time
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ale went down quickly very drinkable. This ale is well balanced with great flavor. Recommended
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 (1999 vintage-tasted 2001) looks and tastes almost precisely like dry sherry: hazy reddish-brown, with a rich oaky sweetness and a touch of sourness and liquorice. rer8of the 1999 (tasted 12/04)- thanks mullet for this rare bottle. tasted very similar to how it did three years ago - sherryish and oxidised, very sweet, with some interesting deep fruity flavours of pear and cooked apple, just a bit of bitterness left in the finish. depends if you like oxidised tastes but in this beer it’s quite nice. rer8 of the 2002: to add to the mountains of garbage i have now accumulated in this rating, 7 months later it’s really deepened and rounded out. very buttery, caramelly and plummy, but with a definite fat english yeastiness - the usual coopers pear/banana stuff but fatter and bigger. overall like a strong english ale (not a barley wine) made with special B. bit of passionfruit from cascades? interesting and unique. 2004 vintage: on first tasting this is pretty lame, bready malt with passionfruit and plum, but watery and very bland (er...smooth?) for a beer of this strength. i do have a cold though so ill keep an open mind.