The_Osprey (3841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty attractive ínipí bottle, 180ml, well presented. Number J14076 of 1979. Exactly 34 years old. Almost seems a shame to open it before its 35th birthday, but I lack patience. Opens with a little fizz. Pours reddy brown with no head forming at all. Canít even force a head - Iím just getting legs. Smell is potent - sherry and lots of apples. Some marmitey yeast, liquorice allsorts, chocolate sauce, berries. Not a trace of the sourness I was anxious about. Body is medium to full, creamy with a fair bit of carbonation considering the age. Taste is savoury-sweet. More port than sherry, some liquorice, hint of strawberry, some gravy and marmite. No sharpness or sourness thankfully. Very interesting. Every sip is different - sometimes a mouthful of port, sometimes a mouthful of gravy! Rating it is tough because I like a lot of things about it and itís really good to try it as a one-off, but I wouldnít be that bothered about trying it again. Not really my style, but I can appreciate it as a good quality beer.
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big and ruby dark ale. Spices and brandy and high ABV well disguised. A little bit on the medicine side. Very very complex and interesting.
godfroyj (12) - - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine is not my favorite style. This is a beer that ages well and tastes a bit better when warmer. Most others really like this beer but I was just lukewarm on it.
JStax (3975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Okay, my second perfect score. Am I getting lax in my ratings? I donít know, but I seriously can find nothing to complain or nitpick about with this beer. Maybe it was just the environment in which I had this beer and I had just enough to drink to make this experience mind blowing. 1999 vintage 12 ounce bottle. Super generous share! Pours a dark copper with a creamy, lasting, beige head of foam. In the aroma I get chocolate covered raisins predominantly. Very complex, malt forward beer. Some cherries, caramel, nuts, toffee all come through plain as day. I cannot get over how awesome this beer is. Itís a pit itís not being made right now. The taste is everything the aroma had to offer, but an explosion of flavor on the tongue instead of just sticking my nose in the snifter. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lasting chocolate covered raisin aftertaste that lingers for a long time, but that still isnít long enough. I want more of this beer.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an 87, 99, 05-08, aroma of vanilla, fig, caramel. Taste is some dark fruit, caramel and a little fig backing. 1987 was by far the best, 99 was quite off.
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dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1986 vintage. Pours brown with almost no head. Just a few bubbles. The nose is caramel, nutty and still boozey after 27 years. The taste is heavy sweet, lightly tart and no bitter but fuck! Still drinkable. The texture smooth, soft and creamy. The body is heavy still and finish is long.
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pushkinwow (2295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
250ml bottle from 1995, thanks Ian. Ended up opening this up after it had sat at room temperature for a day and that seemed about right although it still benefit from a slow drink and after about an hour it had opened up beautifully. Plum brown with no head at all. What a nose: an aged malt that has moved past its sweet beginning and changed into more of a port or sherry base, canít believe I am saying this but some cardboard in a good way, bit of plum, some oak. Warming, semi sweet, very dry on the finish, almost no carbonation yet thatís fine, lots of fruit with complex sherry and port. Wasnít sure what to expect with this at 18 years but wow, what a beer. Wish I had a case.
Staffan47 (894) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
1979 köpt på ebay. från england. lagrad under okända förhållanden. helt unik upplevelse. Doften var komplex och dominerades av choklad. Helt fantastisk att den har klarat 34år så bra. Smaken var lite som ett oxiderat oljigt portvin med inslag av garderob. Helt objektiv var smaken inte den bästa men dock intressant. En stor upplevelse och ett minne för livet.
Minderbinder (2693) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle 180ml. [1995 vintage]
No carbonation sign at opening. Oops. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, sugar, bread, porto, madeira, alcohol. Taste is of caramel, toffee, rotten bread, sweet, mollasses, madeira. Palate: dead flat, sticky, syrupy. Full bodied. Overall: A sipper. Not very good, but complex. Migth be oxydated. [1994: 11,15 oz. Pours dark mahogany with no head. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, grapes, madeira, slight cardboard, cherries. Taste is of cardboard, bitterness, oxydation, caramel, molasses, port, warming alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. No serious carbonation. Overall: Over the hill (probably by many years). Nice complexity, but too much oxydation to be enjoyable. 6/3/6/3/13]
tom10101 (4097) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nip bottle, vintage 1995. Murky brown and dead flat. Thereís tons of caramel/toffee in the aroma along with port, nuts, bread, chocolate and tobacco. Taste is also of caramel/toffee, port, nuts, bread and chocolate... thereís some important oxidation signs in the taste. Mouthfeel is sirupy and sticky (and dead flat as stated before). Very complex and a good sipper, but this beer isnít at his best (maybe because of the age or the batch of the aging condition - Iíve received not so long ago so Iídonít know if the storage was good). We had a bottle of TH 2003 last year and it was tasting like heaven... this one wasnít even close.