deanso (6712) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle 5 years old courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy off white head. Hazy amber pour. Aged nicely.
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Raiting of an old bottle. Reddish brown of color with a weak head. An aroma of raisins and weak hops. A flavor of raisins, hops, bitter. It was too old when it was opened. But still a nice old ale
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 30/12/13. (2009 vintage) A dark dark brown coloured beer with a little grey wispof head. A big beer for sure. Thick and gloopy sticky in the mouth. Lots of hops, lots of malts which edge towards sweetness. Lingering fruitiness. Chocolate and licorice. Vinuous. Big grapefruit mid swallow. A lovely beer, More a Barley Wine than a IIPA for me but so what it’s good.
worldbeertaste (1746) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from April 2009, opened in October 2013. 4.5 years old. Deep dark brown with a thin, ring of a head that disappears. Non lacy, tan. Deep smell of hops with strong earthy tones. Flowers, raisin, dusty hops, cloves, pecans, peach and honeysuckle. Sort of herbal.medium oily dry body with soft carbonation. Deep complex malts. Tastes of caramel, pepper, strawberries, barley, strong ginger notes, and clear herbal notes. The sweetness is masked by dust. Raisins. Finishes with yeast, caramel, and grassy. Incredibly intense IPA that is a bit hard to drink as it is very bitter. Sort of like a barley wine that’s seriously over hopped. Malty hoppy goodness but a bit too much. Sipping.
Errl (2168) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...nose is grapefruit,hop,pine, caramel sweetness, spice, dark fruit..taste is dark with sweet hops and grapefruit,spice,dark fruits caramel.
MaartenRF10 (1715) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
To celebrate today’s star for a day (shivandragon) I’ve just opened a vintage 2009 Heil & Zegen. It poors a very dark red amber colour with a big lasting beige head leaving a beautiful lace. Slightly hazy. The aroma is great. After four years there’s still a very good hop aroma of sweet fruit. Taste is just perfect, warming bittersweet hops with fruits like lychee, peach and red fruit. There’s hints of caramel and wood. Great body and nice carbonation. Top beer!
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Vintage 2009: #87/1248:
Amber brown pour. Smaller to medium sized beige tan head which changes quick into a thick lacing on top of deep dark amber brown colored beer which is most likely to be murky/muddy.
The aroma’s are a nicely balanced mix of cream, raisin, oatmeal, flowers, rose hip, some creamy hops, hints of spices like cloves and bay leaf and a hint of horse feeders.
The flavours are also pretty balanced: hops, bitters, spices (pepper, bay leaf, etc), alcohol, red fruit (strawberry, cherry, raisin, etc), oatmeal, barley malts, cream, rose hip, ginger, creamy herbs and hints of fish fond and caramelised sweets.
Bit barley wine-esque.
Aftertaste is very floral and herby with grass, hops, hay, light chalky grass and flowers.
Low carbo, soft almost silky mouthfeel, medium to full body and an light oily texture.
After all these years, still drinkable and well balanced, but guess fresh this is way better... Unfortunately Retired.
Benzai (10474) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle [from trade with Bierkoning] shared with Dutchdrebus. Huge fairly quickly diminishing beige head on top of a dark red colored beer. Smell malts, hops and some fruityness slightly tending to sweetness. Taste malts, slightly caramel, hops, alcohol, some fruityness. Absolutely totally impressed with this beer, which has been retired for years now! Absolutely impressive. Medium to full body and carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4806) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ joes thx to benzai. Hazy ruby colour with a big off-white head. Smells barley wine, hops, pine, sweet. Tastes bitter, hoppy, grapefruit, sweet, red fruits, caramel.. This beer is about 4 years old? The taste is so well preserved. Very cool share by benzai. Medium to full body, great carbo.
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So how does a dark double IPA survive a couple of years? Impressive, that is how. Sure, its dark amber body isn’t supported by much of a head, but the what must have been boatloads of hops are still in here, giving the spicy and now well developed body a great taste fullness. Foresty and tabacco base is enhanced by the grapefruit hops of which the essence still remains. An example of how hops and classy malts can hold up and improve. Delicious. (Bottle many thanks to Menno and John)