Steely (241) - , - DEC 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy redbrown with absolutely no head. A thick elixir with no carbonation like a fine cognac. Aroma is fine and complex with hints of sweet dried fruit, bitter orange and butterscotch. Mysterious rich, full flavor of thick syrup, caramel, raisin and dried apricot. What a mouthfeel, thick, oily, smooth, soft and sticky, no carbonation
XmnwildX12 (1478) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a vert of 05-08, thought the 4 were practically the same. Had the dark fruits and caramel aromas, taste of dark fruit with malt, and has a bit of sweet booze finish.
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brystmar (458) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. Dark fruits, booze, caramel, leather, and rich malts make up the nose. Notes of tobacco up front. Big fruit presence: plums & prunes are on display. Middle is sweet with caramelized malts front and center. Nice body is plenty viscous, minimal carb. Mild alcoholic presence at the end; much too easy to drink. Good stuff.
Cbuk1013 (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber in color. Little to no head. Tastes of plum, caramel, alcohol, sweet raisin. Smells the same. Very complex. Tried to convince my friend to cellar longer but couldnít say no when he didnít!
ericdevin (241) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from CBS via Phil. 2006. Pours a very dark cloudy color. No head at all. Aroma is incredibly rich, leather, vanilla, brandy. Body rich, malty, finish slightly tart, lacto, some warming, affect of barrels. I get it.
Koelschtrinker (8485) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sehr sŁŖer Antrunk mit angenehmen Malznoten. Minimale Herbe, zuckrig, alkoholisch, dennoch weich. Zu sŁŖ, nicht ausgewogen. 8/9/8/9/12/9
OllieBBommel (676) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2005) @home, 250ml. Head: almost none, beige. Colour: clear, brown. Aroma: ripe fruit. Taste: malt, bread, fruit. Palate: overwelming, strong bitter-sweet finish. Overall: very nice.
imdownthepub (8492) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned, 250ml, 2003 edition No. 02269 from Abbey Stores, Salisbury (now closed). Chestnut to auburn with short lived head. Super rich palate, full on with a barley sugar fruitiness, some treacle, some sherry flavours. The alcohol is present even with 10 years of ageing, but this gives it the required depth of flavour rather than burning the palate. Plums and sultanas are all amalgamated in to the mix. A beautiful beer.
madvike (2090) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 vintage - My 2000th rate! Pours rosy copper with no head at all. Nose is tons of sweet honey, faint rye bread, sugar-crusted raisins, and subtle yeast. Taste is sweet and decadent, heavy on the honey again. with a layer of dark bread underneath. Syrupy and sugary, this is one to sip on for awhile. Lightly warming boozy finish--real smooth with a long sugary honey/sherry note. Interesting, though not something Iíd like very often. Have four other vintages in the cellar, and itíll be fun to let them go for years and see how they turn out.
wordemupg (8) - calgary, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 #48011 well presented with gold foil and medal
A Red with copper with short but thick head that left nice lacing with every sip, well done
S caramel, sweet malt, apple perhaps a little brandy
T sweet caramel, booze but would not guess the 11.7%
M/D a great pleasure to savor slowly, thereís a reason this was only a 250ml bottle
i wish i had some older bottles i could see this getting even better with age. however I díont think i could age it too long knowing how much i enjoyed it
Serving type: bottle
umich03jm (912) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle purchased at The Oak Cafe. Pretty sure this is the oldest beer Iíve had. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. No lacing. Super rich aroma of ripe cherries, strawberries, chocolate syrup, tobacco, honey, dates, and wood. One of the best beers Iíve smelled. Taste is extremely rich and sweet, as I was expecting. Packed with chocolate covered red fruit and honey, some darker fruit too. Slightly boozy finish with a lingering strawberry and honey taste. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy. This was very enjoyable and unique. Definitely worth trying once if you can.