Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Vintage 1996. Very black, opaque beer with a solid head. Very full-bodied and potent beer - I’m surprised it isn’t any stronger than 5,5%. Notes of smoke and coffee with some underlying sweetness. A very tasty and characterful brew. 081000
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 (Thanks Jeppe!): Nice aroma of fortified spirits and raisins. flavour is choc, raisins and caramel. Warming feel. A little thin but very tasty.
argo0 (11166) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(1996 bottle) Dark brown body topped by a small creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, toffee, some nutty, butterscotch, raisin. Creamy light-medium body. Remarkable how well this beer, a dunkel, has held up. Thank you Jeppe for sharing.
DanielBrown (3600) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - generously shared by Bierkonig at his shop Olbutikken, which he also opened specially for a handful of us RB-ers on the Sunday of RBESG - thanks Jeppe! Brown, with no head. Super smooth stuff: thick and flavoursome. Beautiful lightness, with licorice and tobacco. Excellent.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 1996 bottle.
Unclear dark brown colored, thin disappearing tan head. Very malty aroma with a sweet sugary note and dark fruit. A bit fusty and cellarish but still good. Sweet flavor, brown sugar and malt. Notes of spices and raisin. Dry from the age, but still in good shape, specially considering the low ABV. A bit thin in the body. Huge thanks to Per for this one!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 1996 vintage. Much thanks to Jeppe for sharing this one! Nice sweetish brew, with a very soft, yet complex mouthfeel, smooth, round mouthfeel. All sorts of flavours come through, oak, nuts, wood and some raisiny fruit and chocolate, caramel and roast, nice long finish, very good stuff.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/31/05. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, obtained as a generous gift from omhper on RateBeer 2/15/05. 1996 Vintage. Dull dark chocolate brown, nearly black in color (no trace of red) with a rocky, pale tan (almost white) trim of a head-- not very firm or lasting, mostly just there as scant evidence that there’s still life to this beer. The aroma is very nice, a little bit oxidized but still full of character. Light, earthy chocolate and a dark, brown sugar/honey hum; light, sweet caramels, and even some fruitiness and vinous character. Some oxidation but a really nicely aged sample. Medium-full body, very rounded and smooth. Flavor is mellow with a long lasting finish, still some noble hop presence and mostly a slick caramel and bock-like malt richness, delicately sweet with a light hop tingle and a long, lovely drying finish. Hints of molasses and nuts. Some dry raisin-like flavors, probably another type of dried fruit in the date/prune/fig realm, but a caramelly one that I’ve never had. If there *is* a dried fruit that tastes like this, I can’t wait to find out what I’m talking about! I’ve never had a non-lambic beer this low in alcohol that has aged this well. Really damn good. Thanks Per!
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Bottle, I was very happy for the opportunity to try this one - it had been the one that got away for a long time
Raisiny rum and burnd aroma, slightly dusty.
Milk chocolate, liquor, caramel.
Light to medium body.
Long caramelly aftertaste.
Ungstrup (28228) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1996 Vintage, sampled 2004] A red-brown beer with no head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of cowberries. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, but unfortunately a little over the top. The body is a little thin.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 1996 vintage.
Dark brown, no head. The aroma is a bit doppelbock-like with a rye bread explosion with traces of dates. Flavour brings notes of sweet malt(vaguely) and strawberry and finishes a little dusty or cellary.