radiomgb (2427) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany in colour, rich creamy beige coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is of light alcohol, caramel and cookie malts, gingerbread, light sweetness. The flavour is mildly bitter, more gingerbread, caramel malts, quite sweet. Chalky bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a chocolate powder bitterness. Not bad but doesn’t hold up as well as the Fullers Vintage Ales do.
<font size=-2> 355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
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adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad beer, though I was expecting more after the hype my friends were giving this beer. A decent seasonal beer, though.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a six pack a while back. Pours a deep amberish red brown color. Pretty hoppy on the back of the tongue with a warm alcohol palate. I like this beer.
Tastes sweet and brisk.
bhensonb (11685) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate toffe aroma with a long lasting tan head. Deep red copper color. Fruity caramel flavor, passage of yeast, with a balance of hop offsetting malt at the finish, which seems to include molasses. More malt than hop, but there’s a deal of hop. In the end there seems to be coffee in the mouth rather than chocolate.
BBB63 (6234) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle aging in my cellar, 12 ounce and served in my Rogue Santa glass: Pours a rich mahogany hue topped by a small but lasting beige head and okay lace, oily legs which is good sign. The nose detects lots of carmelized and toffee laden malts, oxidized English hops, over ripened crab-apple and starfruit, rich aromatic pipe tobacco, star anise and juniper berry, and a olde yeast ester, yummy and inviting!
The taste was heavy on the sweet malt at first but a clear cut of bitterness still shined through. Undertones of fruit and minor spice added to the palate depth. The oxidation characteristic is full proof of it’s tribute to the basic English Olden Ales, I found this to very true to to the style. The mouth feel is smooth and very drinkable, almost no note of alcohol detected.
What a wonderful beer indeed, spot on! I hope the other bottle ages as nicely, need to get some more. Shocking surprise and is that not what we want from this "hobby"?
JohnnyJ (4633) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 05 bottle. Quite a good brew. Appearance is dark red/brown. Chocolate, coffee, carmel, and fruit flavors with a nice balance of hops. Medium mouthfeel.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red body. Caramel, Raisin, Coffee, and tobacco aromas. Nice and complex. Flavor is caramel and all spice. A pretty good offering!
jake65 (2747) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex flavor is present with the malts, caramels, chocolates, coffee, and hoppiness. Balanced flavor for the most part, except for the hops. I thought this brew was excessively bitter for a strong ale.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
’05. Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep, dark amber / mahogany. Clear with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a layer of foam. Malty, carmelly, plummy, raisiny, slightly spicy aroma. Good, malty, but well balanced flavor. There is plenty of bitterness without very much hop flavor. What does it for me with this beer is the mouthfeel. Medium to thick, it surrounds your tongue with thick, smooth, creamy feel, with just the right amt. of carbonation, and then it goes down smooth and light. This is definitely one of my favorite winter beers.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 120z bottle. 2005. Ruby, brown hue. Hazy with a slight ring of tan head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa and anise. Full and rich with a great silky texture. Long dry hop finish. Caramel and dark fruit. Middle is smooth and sweet. Bitter and long dry hop finish. Piney and resinous.
2006. 12oz bottle. Deep honey brown and sedimented. Large bubbled cola head. Sweet sugary nose. Brown sugar with a touch of red fruit. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Dry hops with a spicy flavor. Peppery zesty. Touch of syrupy honey sweetness.