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Falcon Gammelbrygd (-1996)

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Formerly brewed at Falcon Bryggerier (Carlsberg)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Falkenberg, Sweden

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A vintage brew, that used to be aged 3 years before being released, which has been discontinued since the brewery was taken over by Carlsberg. Used to come in a pitch black opaque bottle, and an opener with the year of the vintage was included. The last vintage was brewed in 1996.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
[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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
(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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2010
Bottled (1994 vintage). Quite much very dasrk ambery brown (close to black colour), small off-white. Aroma is toffee, mild madeiraoxidation, some mild chocolate as well as some mild smoked notes. Flavour is mild smoked notes, chocolate, some mild madeirawinelike notes as well as some dark fruits. Quite lovely.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19974) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2002
This beer is somewhere in the borderline between a dunkel and a Baltic porter. The 1996 vintage is dark brown, medium carbonation, almost no head, light bitterness and raisin aroma.
In the 1994 version you’ll find less carbonation and more oak character than the 1996 version. In the 1992 version, which is still holding up very well, there is sherry and coffee flavours. Comparing to the 1994 version there are more raisin flavour, less bitterness and carbonation, and it is dryer.
Regardless of vintage it is an outstanding very complex beer, which is surprising given it’s low gravity. Curse the devils that discontinued this fine beer, I’ve only got 17 bottles left of it now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17566) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. 1993 vintage. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty chocolate caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweet malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Sweet malty finish with some hints of caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
Year 1996
Nut brown color, poor head. Strong nose: malt, molasses, phenol, grass. Quite sweet, leaning between the Madeira and the Fernet Branca; malt, caramel, light roasted malt and nice smokey note. Amazing! Complex. I love this one. Happy now, Per? ;o)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2010
Bottled vintage 1994
Thanks Raipe! Aroma of raisins, mämmi, sherry. Medium-bodied. Aged very well. Mämmi, raisins, licorice, dark malts in the flavor. Portwineous. Of course now quite watery, but aged well!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2002
17 bottles you say? I wasn’t planning on going back up there soon but...damn. Deep burgundy, creamy, smooth body, lots of soft, luscious malts, drying in the finish, hint of spice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
(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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
(1996 vintage) Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Ok, I am getting reall annoyed here at first. Falcon is a lousy brewery in many ways, but this really is incredible. Once they manage to make a great beer, the decide to stop brewing it. Cant believe it... Pours black, with no head. Somewhat vinous aroma, tar lots of raisins, malty, licorice. Very smooth, yet full of flavors. Oaky, fruity and with chocolate and tar notes.


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