Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled on the night of the supper bowl 2003 bottle # 30995 reading the ratings I was surprised by a very nice long lasting head with zero lacing, oh what a year can do. Medium dark, red brown in color, sweet flowery aroma, the hops are still dominant. Flavor is sweet, alcoholic, with a nice balance of hop bitterness. It finishes sweet, hoppy, the alcohol starts to stand out. I just love it.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy copper with a smallish off white head. Aroma is caramel maltiness, bread, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is big time caramel, malt, raisin and a hint of earthy spice. Finish is smooth rounded with hints of alcohol.
My last bottle, this one aged very nice.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No. 37661: Beautiful deep honey amber color -hazy. Pours with large head, loosly carbonated, dissipates quickly. Medium strength nose of sweet malt, very light hop notes - also a bit metalic. Unique flavor - overall flavors dominated by bitter hops, to a lesser degree some muted/musty malt notes ... followed by a bit of metalic notes. The appreciation is realizing this is a 4-year old beer and thus an education to oneís sensory knowledge. Not at incredible beer by any means - but important nonetheless due to its age.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, malty aroma, deep amber color with a well balanced bitterness and alcohol content. Based on the many beers I have had in this class, I would have to guess the alcohol content to be about 9.5 to 10% by volume.
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just bought 3 bottles of Vintage 98. Trust me I am not an easy reviewer....itís just this beer ages sooooo well.Iíve drank one and must say that it is absolutely exquisitie. The malt profile has the magic flavor that only a strong ale that has aged well attains. Its exactly like those times when you drink a an aged wine that is so perfect when it hits your mouth something chemically happens that it implores you to take another sip. Beautiful beer and a definitional beer to age.