worldbeertaste (1624) - - NOV 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 10 years old. Hazy dark red amber with a average, frothy, lacy, lasting, beige head. Smells of figs, plums, raisins, cherries and sweet malt, caramel, that after years has smoothed out to leather, wood and dark bread. Full oily smooth and smooth. Sweet taste of trail mix: Nuts, dried fruit, raisins with caramel, malt, and lightly toasted malt. Some alcohol lingers but its been smoothed out over time. Wood and leather with that vintage aged dry bitter finish. Liquid figs. So smooth to sip, I enjoyed throughout the night. Biscuit goodness.
Niall73 (1685) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours an amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky veg, with some caramel. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very rich, xmas fruit cakey/mince pie taste - rich, boozy and fruity, with a slight spiciness. Good.
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheers for this obscure vintage! The pourís amber with a small head. Signs of oxidation on the nose. A bit papery. Some caramel, donut, apple, cherry. The taste is more appealing. Robust almond and caramel. Tangy forest fruits. Red apple acidity. Mildly hot on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Overall, this is holding up OK. Glad this is drinking better than some of the older ones Iíve tried. Decent depth of flavor. Enjoyable.
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Craft Beer Clerko, 08/07/13, massive thanks to Fin for gifting me this one. #34840.
Murky amber orange with a thin beige head that dissipates edgeward leaving a film.
Nose is woody, walnuts, dark fruits, sugars, dates, slightly dank and musty, light oxidisation.
Taste comprises mellow vanilla notes, dark fruits, tobacco, dates, prunes, sugars, leather, nutty tones.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.
This has held up really well some 11 years on - pleasing as Iíve had some duds from the older vintages in the past.
Beer4000 (4440) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Hazy, reddish brown body with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma has a light hint of oxidation, but not really annoying, there is caramel malt, light fruit and a fine alcoholic touch of Sherry/Madeira. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruity and a mild kind of bitterness in the direction of bitter fruit. Fine body and a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost ten years old and the most fruity flavor of the vintage series.
douglas88 (5926) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle thanks to Kirk. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium orange/white head. A big dusty nose of yeast and caramel. The flavor is robust with caramel, port, more dust, earthy, sweet oranges, lots of yeast. Really nice, has held up great . The oxidation fits in well.
Sledutah (4660) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and dusty
Taste: Caramel, fruity and dusty
MikeJslc (741) - USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper, hazy, thin head. Aroma o toffee, a little leather in this 11 year old bottle, raisins, a very light cedar-like note. Flavor of toffee, an earthy leathery note, nutty notes, some tobacco, raisins. This 2002 vintage is drinking very well in 2013.
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Gription79 (2253) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 550ml bottle, thanks to Doug. Big toffee and fruity nose. Flavors of leather, toffee, coffee, caramel. A tasty beer that has held up well.
johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Muddy brown appearance and left some sediment.Medium body with a lot of sweetness that lingered for a long while. Tried nine years after it was released and it hasnít aged well. Not one of their good years.