Pinball (11001) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared by ungstrup at his cellar clearing tasting. i owe you....
clear amber, smooth white head.
somewhat oxidized hops, caramel, malts. dark fruits, almost licorice. neat.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: Vintage Ale
Aroma: light sweet hoppy aroma,
Flavor: well balanced flavor, nice sweetness, long light bitter finish,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
imdownthepub (10875) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned, 500ml, aged obviously. Tawny to brown with light head. After battling to and from work in deep snow on foot, I was ready for this beauty, and it didnít let me down. rich, port like flavours from the start, rounded and fruity with raisins and sultanas, there were no rough edges at all. Great stuff, looking forward to the other vintages now.
bierkoning (10742) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber color. Still pours a surprisingly steady head. Sherry, sewer and lemon in the aroma. Medium bodied, still. Alcoholic. Sherry and raisin. Powdery mouthfeel. Still some remaining hopbitterness. Almost whisky-like. Has kept very well, better as the 2002. Still lively and in shape.
Theydon_Bois (10618) - 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!
madsberg (10592) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Fantastic clear amber colour. Lasting off white head. Fruits, malt, spices and a somewhat chocolatish aroma. Vanilla, fruits (plums), alcahol and a kind of sherry flavour. Very pleasant. This is much better and more subtle than the 1997 version I've tried. Smooth and pleasant. Has a dry fruity finish with pleasant alcahol accents. Is long lasting on the palate. Very good one.
Ratman197 (10460) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy copper with a small ring of an amber head. Aromas of cherries, carmel, prune and a hint of nuts. Palate waslight to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cherry, carmel, prune, vanilla, light chocolate and a hint of nuts with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10390) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to my summer SecretSanta for this gem. Pours a hazy mahagony with a small, slight tan head, edgy with some patches on top and lined to spotty lacing. Aroma is huge floral hops, caramel and maple malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (dough) and fragrant flowers and fruit (earthy raisins, apricot). Medium candied caramel malt sweetness at the onset, medium to moderate acidity and bitterness in the middle with some alcohol burn and tinging floral hops, fruit at the end. Full bodied and warm, fizzy and slightly dry palate.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Clear deep amber with medium beige head. Sweet fruity and vinious aroma with caramel notes. and toasted malt. Sweet vinious flavor with notes of overripe fruits, caramel, toasted malt, madeira. Ends with warming alcohol. Nice.
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella. Bottle # 06684. Nice bit golden amber colour with a medium white ehad leaving a fair lacing. Sweet and malty caramel fruity aroma. Good soft mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet like a nice port with some alcohol, caramel, toasted malt and dark fruits. Well complexed brew.