Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks. Murky brown color, scant white edge head. Aroma of butterscotch and light spice. Taste is rich, fruity, caramel and scotch. Very nice.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 2002-07-13
Amber colour, thick collar of foam. Wonderful hop and malt aroma; itís very complex and surprisingly persistent; getting warmer it develops some wallnut notes, lovely. Powerful body, malty, sweet in the beginning but well balanced, soon, by the hop, that introduces to a very good, quite long, not too much bitter final. It gets better while getting warmer, loosing a strange unfinished/metallic sensation; but the hopping is worth this (expensive) brew.</br>I simply love the perfect marriage of hop and barley in the mouth.
The aroma is sweeter, with fudge; the taste is more mellow, honeyish, with sweet nuts and a lot of sweet caramel.
Leighton (16261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Casparís Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear, brown-ruby-red with a moderate, off-white head. Pretty lovely nose, aged malts, caramel, faint leather. Medium sweet flavor, nice toffee, light booze, pleasant oxidation, caramel, dried fruits. Medium to full in body with fine to average carbonation. Fairly warming finish, more caramel and toffee, toasted brown sugar, light licorice, candy, leaves, dark dried fruits. Excellent stuff. Has aged beautifully. The best of the vintages had at this tasting.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kookfest 06. Hazy chestnut, lasting beige. I do like the hop on this. Quite soft in mouth. Creamy and then harsh hop on end.
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 02056. A light copper to amber colored beer, pouring clear, and topped by a minimal sized off-white head. The aroma has some oxidation and alcohol, as well as caramel, dried fruits and a little camphor touch. Nice bitterness in the flavor, along with caramel, oxidation, some camphor and a faint mint touch. Full-bodied, smooth and lightly warming on the palate, and with a lasting finish. Certainly in good condition even though itís more than 12 years since its release. 120106
rlgk (15798) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Bottle 20330. Amber color, nice creamy offwhite/brownish head. Huge fruity raisin aroma, figs, milky notes, caramel, toffee andf some vanilla. Apricot notes and a bit vinous. Fruity and malty flavor, toffee, quite strong but not with too much alcohol. Raisin and caramel, a bit roasted. Strong raisin finish and with a huge body. Quite a spectacular beer, this...
saxo (15684) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #21023 @ Parcel Yard, Kings Cross. nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich dried fruits, caramel, alcohol and malt. A little oxidated, but still great.
Rasmus40 (15189) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Parcel yard, London. Hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and soft. 061013
Dedollewaitor (15067) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
55cl bottle. Bottle nr. 14775. Pours dark amber/brown with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is deep malty and complex. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, bread, toffee and vanilla. Oily, smooth and full bodied. A lot like a vintage Port Wine. Vinous, well aged. Vague notes of cellar and dust. A true sipper. Warming, smooth and just delicious.
Theydon_Bois (14958) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Bottle at friends - 27/08/12.
Firstly this bottle had clearly turned and despite having had a couple of excellent 99ís this year I felt it appropriate to leave this review as a warning against anyone else who may blow £8 on a bottle that was a pretty quick drain pour!
I believe I picked this bottle up from the Fullers Brewery shop in July í12. It was number 02293, a very low number compared to the others Iíve had in the 60,000/70,000 number range. The label was musty and actually fell off as soon as I remvoed it from the box, it appeared to have been stored in dampish conditions (not by me!).
Murky reddish brown with a minimal tan head which soon thins to nothing.
Very woody musty nose - not right! Muted backnote of dark fruits but hard to penetrate the dank musty aroma.
Taste as nose, all flavours impaired, just picking out cherry, prunes and figs.
Medium bodied with zero carbonation, still as a pond.
I have a few more 99ís kicking around so will re-rate in time.
Original rating:- 4- 3 - 4 - 3 - 8 Total + 2.2.
------- rated (bottle) @ Frankís (Ramnuts) tasting - 06/11/12, #16341.
Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head which clears to the edge quickly and forms a small pond.
Nose is dark fruits, prunes, dates, a little wood, a little too much oxidisation me thinks.
Taste is dark fruits, figs, prunces, toffee, woody notes, again over oxidised.
Medium bodied with a bite, smooth.
Much better than #2293 but again not a great one, way past its prime. Iíve had 2 really good examples of this vintage in this calendar year which would be firmly in the 3.8-4.1 bracket.
Keep trying - I have a couple left!