Cletus (6250) - 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!
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Filtered chestnut liquid wearing a tired fading off-white head. Highly oxidized nose hints at a regally rich historic maltiness procuring fruity plums, raisin bread and macadamia nuts all in the first sniff. Further study reveals a deeper still chocolate/vanilla and woody undertones. Has not developed cardboard like flavours which explains why so many people still find it fabulous, but this has little in common with the dunkels I’ve had. This is stuffed malts, rather concentrated. A tiny balancing tartness keeps the palate from being overly sweet. Brightly toasty, full of pleasant aspect, but really tired at this point, vinous, fading body that has certainly lost weight and is sadly flat. What a beer this must have been.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - 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.
jonas (5272) - 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.
larsniclas (5193) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Vintage 1989.
Dark, muddy brown. Small, bubbly head.
Slightly vinous aroma from sweet fruits; raisins, prune.
A bit thin body with almost no carbonation.
Raisins and chocolate in the flavour, and some burnt sugar.
jbrus (4993) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 1996 vintage, so already about 7 years old. Port and licorice aroma. Black color, small light brown head, fair lace. Sweet, licorice, nutty, chocolat, complex. Thinner than expected. Bitter finish with a light burn. Thanks Per!
ekstedt (4915) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (33 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting, vintage 1989. Dark brown, low head. Dark sugar and Madeira, dried fruits. Low carbonation, low bitterness,a bit too sweet.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Raisins, plums, jammy dark fruit greet the nose. Opaque mahogany brown body is topped by a shy, large bubbled tan head. Sweet and fruity, cakelike/Christmas pudding flavour. Plenty of dark fruit, date squares, figs, some doughy yeast and hint of alcohol. Medium body with very low carbonation. Bottle (vintage 1996) sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
rickgordon (3830) - 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.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1996 vintage. Pours a clear brown color with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, nuts, plums and raisins. The flavor has the same elements with roasted malt added to the mix. Time has not been king to this beer and it shows especially on the palate, the body is light with an oily texture and very low carbonation. This beer must have been amazing when it was younger.