coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
VINTAGE: ???(Says ’Best Before 10-09-06’)
Hazy, murky light brown in the glass. Amber/red hints at the edge. Two finger creamy off-white head. Minimal retention, but good lacing.
Smells very good. Better than it looks. Sweet maltiness. Honeyed pears and grapes. Wheat and yeastiness.
Tastes of nuttiness and malts mixed with sweet fruits. Pear and apricot stand out. Buttery and perhaps a bit of maple syrup. A tiny bit of pepperiness from hops. This has mellowed out very well.
Loses points for being abit on the thin side. Other than that though, it is a tasty, tasty brew.
The alcohol content is high enough, and although I don’t taste it, I certainly feel it, that it gets docked a point in drinkability. Elsewise, this is an excellent brew that has aged exceptionally well.
rds (230) - USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A wonderful hazy caramel color and alluring aroma are disappointed by a somewhat lacking flavor and odd aftertaste.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice looking amber colored beer with lots going on in the glass. The aroma was a little hard if you know what I mean, if fact it smelled like a 7.5% alcohol beer. The flavor followed suit and was a little hard to swallow for my taste, with the finish being much of the same and a litte bitter. I did appreciate the dark yeast in the bottle of the glass and I do think that the folks at Cooper are definitely moving in the right direction, but this beer is just ho-hum for me.
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 2008 bottle. Aroma of strong malty biscuity, caramel, hoppy marmalade (orange/grapefruit) Small creamy off white head, short lasting, some lacing, Shimmering crystaloid orange/copper colour. Strong malty sweetness, moderate to heavy bitterness, persisting long in the after-taste. Only disappointing aspect is watery mouth feel, but a nice beer overall. Re-rate - yes it does get better with age, looking forward to the next bottle in months to come. Much more sediment this time. Spicier (clove) aromas and more toffee caramel and fruitier than before.
Re-rate 2008 vintage 23/2/2012: this has developed rich port wine character with a lovely smokey oak aroma and some marzipan like notes. Only 2 bottles left, how can I not drink them yet? Maybe there is a market for old pre-cellared vintage ales?
Re-rate 2008 vintage 13/10/2014 Still a nice ale, though past its prime, Has lost a noticeable amount of its character mostly in the hop aroma department leaving it relatively more malty. After nearly 7 years in the bottle those yeast have left some soap and cobweb aromas - not something I have detected before. Faintly sour now. Retains some carbonation still. My last bottle of 2008 vintage and end of an era. It’s been great.
goleiro (225) - Lublin, POLAND - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pewnie sporo po terminie, ale bardzo ułożone, złożony i bogaty smak i aromat, bardzo dobre ale, bliskie do belgów.
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.
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 edition, with a vigoursly hirsute gentleman on label. Almost purple burgundy in colour, small off white head and a few small bubbles up the side of the glass. Sweet fermented blueberries aroma, mildly bitter, smooth. I’ll put 3 away for this time next year.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not very impressive for a once a year special brew. Poured a cloudy dark orange dispite the best pouring technique I could muster. Aroma is soft but ripe fruits and citrusy hops can be detected. The are some good flavors of peach, apricot, vanilla, caramel, and hops(american?). Body does not seem too watery, but I expected a fuller body for this style and the flavors the beer has.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber pour with lots of sediment. Off-white head with a dense lace. Licorice, caramel and honey malts, though not sweet. Medium body, some citrus hops. Prefer this one with the sediment left behind and it definitely benefits from being served at cellar temps. Will age one of these for a while and see where she goes.
gustavofnd (217) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ótima cerveja. Um bom amargor é um bom amora. Comprei no pão de açúcar. Vale tomar novamente.
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