jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with bourbon, oak, a light mineral note, a bit of vanilla, and some some coffee. The initial taste has a light sweetness. There is lots of roastiness, a bit of bourbon, some oak, a bit of vanilla, and some light coffee. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering roastiness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Great beer. It might be my favorite of the anniversary beers.
hackobock (2961) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 27, 2016. Bottle,received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Dark brown wirh a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty and boozy with caramel, prunes, dark chocolate notes, bourbon, notes of vanilla and dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, malty, light roasted with caramel, some bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, notes of licorice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Past its prime, but still quite good.
_angst_ (4260) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours very dark chestnut brown with a small frothy beige head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and tiny nutty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark fruits in brandy, toasted nuts, bourbon alcohol and brandy alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny velvety, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, dark fruits in liqueur and some additional barrel character on top of that. Good but time has taken its toll and the oxidation is prominent.
linusb (544) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Deep dark brown, close to black. Thin lacing light brown head. N: Bourbon, coffee, Rye, boozy T: Rye, pumpernickel O: Quite boozy and a bit flat. It’s good, not great.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found this in the back of ’deep storage’. These Anniversary Ales started tasting like pruney strong ales, and this may have been the last year i bought.
This seemed to hold it’s age well, maintaining a pretty complex taste.
I’m thinking it might have been a little low carbonization to begin with, and it surely lost some on the way, but maintained enough effervescence to bring out the flavors well. Not much lace however.
As the beer warmed up, it was very drinkable, and hid the higher alcohol well.
Some bourbon, wood, and sweet flavours, very nice.
merc7186 (2818) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Chocolate, Boozy
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Chocolate, Boozy, Mild Bourbon
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Filling
Lukaduke (2908) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of cocoa dusted malt balls with nuances of dark fruit, burnt caramel, vanilla, some nutty bourbon, a bit of oxidation and thinness appears due to the age of the bottle but still delicious.
BiiruBierBeer (896) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt smell to it. Taste is malt and chocolate. Not as good as some of the other anniversary beers, but still good.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6493-20140708] Bottle. Fragrant roasted syrup and wood malt aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Rich roasted toffee syrup flavour with a long sweet aftertaste. Full body is fairly smooth. Delicious. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
Overheard: "You can basically categorize tippers as good guys or bad guys."
oRos (1498) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Bad boy is 5 years old now. Pours black with not much head. Taste is chocolate covered raisins and roasted malts
Prufrockstar (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured into blue paper cup and shared with my wife at a campground in Glacier National Park on our 6 year anniversary. Pours much like the preceding Parabola - dark and thick with some mocha head. Aroma: s’mores (might be the camping talking); a little soy, some oxidation. Lots of marshmallow and coconut, so maybe a mounds s’mores? Campfire smoke and all. Moderately sweet, though somewhat dried with age. Medium+ body, slick texture. Overall: Delicious. I wish I knew it younger, but then again, this was made years before I drank beer. Glad to have had this one.