madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 1996 vintage. Man was I happy to see this on the setlist, and it turned out to be a very nice one. Dark black/brown coloured. Not much head, but still an impressive sight. Dades and other fruits, malt and come cocoa notes in the aroma. Flavour is chocolatish with notes of fruits, malts and roastyness. Is light bitter in the end.
Lubiere (9330) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1996 bottle. Dark clear brown ale with a thin off white head. Maderized raisins and figs, with chocolate and roasted nuts. Almost no carbonation left, but good sweet malt and nutty notes. Light bodied, and a bit lifeless. Sampled with Mtl crew, April 16 2006.
rlgk (9037) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 1996 vintage sampled 7/2003: ruby-brown colour, no head, licorice aroma, very malty, dark fruits, light oily, sweet with some bitterness, long biscuity finish
1994 vintage: 7/5/7/4/13
1992 vintage: 6/4/5/3/11
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-Still a ring of bubbles surveys the ebony-tinged dusk.
-Raisins, dark chocolate, and some roastiness rise from the mostly sweet aroma.
-Date squares, vanilla-laced chocolates, and nutty protrusions impress, first since this is a dunkel, but mostly since this is 10 years old!
-The low carbonation is probably due to the old age, but it suits the malty sweetness fine.
What if you dig deeper?
-The flavor profile mostly plays within sweet realms, surprising for the advertised style.
-If alcohol were bumped up a bit, this could easily fall into scotch ale/old ale territories.
-Fruitiness is complex and lip-smacking, the frankness of a pie.
-This is a stunning example is how aging "can" work; a superb vintage.
Bottle; 1996 vintage.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBESG, August 2005. 1996 vintage. More generosity from Jeppe to go with the Sam Adams Utopias. And another highly vinous brew, albeit nowhere near as strong. More like port, this one. Rather oxidised. But lots of dried (nor dried out) fruit left. Distinctly woody. Some sour notes. Tending towards old ale i style. Very interesting.
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 First rating
(33 cl bottle) Vintage 1989. On March 14, 2008.
Very dark brown color, small brown head. Sweet, raissin, sugar, honey, mead, vinous, fruity scent. Smoke, sweet, honey taste. Roasted and sweet licorice aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Guess this is a bit too old, would be interesting to try the 1996 version now.
33 cl bottle, 1987 vintage.
Thanks to deft!
On December 13, 2008
Labelled 4.5% Alcohol by weight.
Darl copper color with lots of particles, small white head. Raissin, vinous, alcohol taste. Medium to a bit thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sugary and alcohol aftertaste. Too old I’d say.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle (1996), trading with omhper in Stockholm some months ago. Consumed during a rating party at Finn’s in Tromsø. The beer was still possible to drink, but had obvious lost some of its initial flavour. Pours a dark brown coloured body with a thin off-white head. Dark malty aroma with a touch of wort. Flavour is also malty with "blockmalz" and hints of brittle caramel. Sweet malty tail (23.02.2007)
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 bottle shared by cquiroga on 7/31/05: Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brownish with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Dark fruity, port-like aroma has some floral dark honey and caramel chocolate with some butterscotch and maple. Body starts full, lightly earthy and well-balanced with a pleasant sticky sweetness consisting of hints of raisins and brown sugar. Finishes very smooth, creamy and lightly bittersweet with some dark chocolate. For a dunkel, this has aged magnificently, especially since it isn’t bottled conditioned! I would have loved to try it when it was fresh, but it’s still very good right now. Thanks Chris!
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 vintage complete with its bottle opener courtesy of omhper. Pours a dark brown with almost no carbonation to speak of. Only a handful of sparse white bubbles dot the glass. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, some roasted malt lots of oaky hints. Tastes of dark fruit, completely flat carbonation wise with only some tingly hints on the tongue which is no surprise on a 12 year old bottle, lots of sweet malt, some cherries. This is a 5.5% beer that is 12 years old? Impressive!