brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A vertical tasting of vintages 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
The 2003 and 2008 were sampled together, and the 2004 and 2006 were sampled the following evenings.
Vintage 2008 bottled on on 9/12/08.
Pours dark amber with a ruby hue. Clear body with a half inch head of off white. Some light rings of lacework after the short head fell, and a partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with jammy malt, red and tropical fruits, and warming alcohol.
Peaches, apricots and melons lead the way for shadows of red grapes, cherries, and bourbon-spiked honey.
Sweetish and quite juicy.
On the thick side of medium bodied. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A bit light on the carbonation.
Sweet crystle malt, ripe fruit, fresh caramel, and a resinous bitterness start the palate. Warming alcohol steps forward as well as hints of caramel-candied apple, spruce dew, and candied figs.
Finishes with a lingering warmth, sustaining bitterness, and drawn-out sweet fruit.
A classic American strong ale that dances along the lines of a Barleywine.
Next up, a mini vertical with an aged example.
Pours cloudy, dark amber, with a half inch head of off white. A slow retreat revealed some spongy lacework and a few whisps on the placid surface.
Aromatics are heavy on the malt, with lots of wet leather, rotting cedar, wet paper, and Sherry. Very earthy and oxidized. Hops are not to be found, and the nose rounds out with hints of cocoa, cardboard, and dried earth.
Medium bodied, but very syrupy and chewy. A slick, tacky mouthfeel with subdued carbonation.
Stale malt, wet and dusty boards, worn leather, and earth-dusted chipped toffee start the palate. Oxidized Sherry steps forward as well as a warming boozy note and tannic caramel.
Finishes with a lingering dried earth note, dusty leather, stale malt, and old wood tinders.
Not a fan of the five year old DB.
Side by side with the 2008 freshie:
Wow, I wouldn’t believe that they were the same beer unless I poured it myself. The freshie is cleaner, infinately hoppier all around, and much brighter. The peaches and apricots really shine though when sided with the oldster DB.
Pours clear, dark amber with a two inch head of off white. Retention is moderate and theres some decent lacing after the fall.
Aromatics lead off with ripe, red fruits, sweet malt, and alcohol. Significantly more boozy than the 2003 or 2008.
Slightly vineous with hints of bourbon fusels, cherries, figs, and sherry.
On the thick side of medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and plenty slick.
Dark fruits, cherry-infused malt, and bourbon-spiked toffee start the palate. A mild throat burn quickly steps forward as well as a peppery warmth.
Finishes with lingering alcohol, sweet malt, and fading red fruits.
Hardly a trace of oxidation in the 2004, which makes it pretty amazing how quickly this beer goes off the deep end. Looks like four years in the cellar is the max for a Double Bastard.
Pours murky dark amber, with a one inch head of off white. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, along with some spotty lacework.
Aromatics lead off with dry, papery malt, caramel, toffee, earthy cedar, and a trace of cocoa. Warming alcohol follows through along with wet cardboard.
On the thick side of medium bodied and chewy. A creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.
Drying malt, caramel dust, and hints of cocoa, nougat, and wet boards start the palate.
Dark fruits, warming alcohol, and an approachable biterness follow through.
Finishes with lingering cardboard-infused malt, stale chocolate, and a drying bitterness.
The 2004 was remarkable and somehow far superior to the 2006. Zero oxidation and was clearer in the glass.
I’d like to think that the perfect amount of time for DB in the cellar is four years if you use the 2004 as a benchmark. The 2006 disproves this though.
Vintages in order of best to worst:
Note: All were stored in the cellar on thier sides for the duration, and the 2006 was very close to the 2003 in last place.
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Taphouse. 63 taps stone tap takeover. Clear brown smooth brown head. Mild malty aroma. Slightly like walnuts. Flavor is strong and very complex with layers of notes like malts nuts fruits and a good bitterness to balance. Lovely flavor.
ALIBALI (687) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Exorbitant schwer und wollüstig fassograndig. American Strong Ale der Extraklasse. So sollte DAS Kaminbier munden. 2005er Vintage Tap Edition vom Hahn in der STONE BREWERY BERLIN. 0,15/3,30€.
alex_leit (2348) - Minsk, BELARUS - SEP 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 % abv. Bottle. Bronze color, creamy foam. Malty aroma: dried fruit, raisins, figs, caramel and port wine. Taste: malt, candy, fruit, candy, raisins and candied fruit, sweet, good hop bitterness.
Andrus86 (417) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
BOTTLE. 2015 (BO10/23/15). Clean amber pour with thick creamy head.. Thick sappy musky resiny nose, Anzac biscuit as well??.. Big malt base, biscuit, caramel/treacle, long sappy hop bitter bite that lingers.. ABV is definitely there Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel
klm1 (988) - - SEP 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2015; Pours Orange like copper, slightly clear, but still muddy with yeasts, and stable, off-white yellowish foamy head wtih spotty lace. Aroma: intense hop and malt aroma, pretty well balanced together: malts takes on white bread, toffee. caramel, some hazelnuts, hop aroma takes on citruses, pine, florals...Flavor: very similar to aroma: very malty flavor, with intense caramel, toffee, bread like note, with hint of hazelnuts, candy sugar, supported with huge hop flavor, which takes on fruits mentioned above. Finish is slighty dry, almost sticky, very bitter, bitterness lingers long in aftertaste. Body is medium to full, texture is super smooth, almost creamy, carbonation is medium. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, oaky boozy. Amphibian betwen Barley wine and imperial ipa.
knasputte78 (560) - SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bärnstensfärgad åt det röda hållet. Fyllig och tät öl. Sirap och toffee, men spritigheten slår igenom vilket jag inte gillar.
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Borup (11667) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a bottle. Hazy dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, alcohol, hops, spice, dried fruit, caramel and oak.
jsmerig (1490) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy reddish Amber with a smooth silky head. Aroma is malty. Very malty. Taste is malty and syrupy to the extreme up front and equally bitter on the back end. Smooth like a milkshake. Refined and raw power at the same time. I can't believe I haven't rated this before.
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Night_Cap (116) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 650ml (2015). Served at cellar temperature. Pours a hazy copper. Head is beige; average sized and lasts wonderfully in the glass. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with notes of pine needles, hop resins, overripe nectarines, overripe apricots, sultana’s, lightly toasted malts, sticky caramel, hints of vinous alcohol and a touch of chocolate. Flavour is a strong resinous/grassy hop bitterness with lightly toasted malts, cooked toffee, overripe stone fruits (nectarines/apricots), orange rinds, raisins, spruce, bourbon (light) and strong rusty/resinous notes in the finish notes. Full bodied with light carbonation, an oily texture and a good length finish.
hawanna (3072) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,65 l bottle from Biervana Munich
Dark Amber, clear, frothy tan-light brown foam head, caramel, bread, cereal, roasty, alcohol, woody, spruce, citrus, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, thick feel, sticky, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,