danlo (1533) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt 2.6 fl oz bottle. Bottle no. 55733. Pours a clear deep coppery golden amber colour with a creamy off-white foam head leaving lots of lacing. Nose is nutty, malts and toffee, raisins, sherry. Flavour of malt, caramel, sweet toffee, brown sugar, honey, milk chocolate, light roasted, earthy and nutty. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, sofy carbonation, lingering sweetish warm boozy earthy light bitter finish. Very drinkable, this bottle has aged well!
McNeillR (1643) - SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky tea brown, thick looking body but little else. Varnish, sock sweat and Unwashed tea cups, damp cardboard. Nice mulched leaves, tinny malt and cheap wine. Scraped banana and chockeberry in there but nothing outright flavoursome. Old sweaty sock is mostly what I got throughout.
cgarvieuk (16800) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... copper ... big tan head ... soft toffee fruit malt nose ... musty toffee fruit nose ... soft toffee ... soft fruits .. soft sweet toffee malts .. soft blackcurrent ... soft sweet fruit malts ...
allmyvinyl (5763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 55652 at Craigs. Pours hazy golden brown with a thin white head. Aromas of light caramel, nuts, sherry, light cardboard. Taste is marmalade, boozy, light toffee. Sweet finish.
Stuu666 (5876) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craigís. Pours hazy amber, nose is toffee, cardboard, light fruit, taste is dry, sugary, toffee.
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an unbelievable treat courtesy of Geoff Griggs, whom I owe a debt of thanks. Tasted at 14 years old and this beer has kept incredibly well in that time. It had perfect clarity and colour, a beautiful light mahogany with essentially nil head. The initial impression of the aroma was a slightly fungal one, maybe botrytis without being the least off-putting. There was muscatele grapes, some walnut woodiness, marzipan, mildew and Amontillado sherry. A fortified wine like flavour that encompassed all the aromas and a wet grain characteristic. Utterly remarkable as much for the remarkable company as a beer I shall always remember.
lusikka (6960) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Thanks rosenbergh. Pours a copper amber colour with a small head. Aroma is rather sweet and malty with some orange marmalade, biscuit and some cellar. Flavour of biscuit, some red berries, toffee, orange marmalade, some earthiness, even some hops and cellar. Sweet finish. Medium bodied and surprisingly high carbonation for a beer thatís 14 years old. Vintage 1999 was so much better.
olio (7349) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.
Bottle No. 70091.
Pours slightly hazy mahogany color with a small head. A lot more sweet ripe fruits here, some cellar notes too. Some hop notes on the taste, would you believe it or not, plums, bread, dry malts and caramel. Slick palate, oily even. Not as smooth as 1999, good anyway.
rosenbergh (8299) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 ml bottle. Bottle #70091. (Fullerís) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
A dark amber colour with a small frothy tan head.
A musty wine cellar aroma with sweet dark fruits and some toffee sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is dark fruits, sugary sweetness, mild hoppy notes (not that fresh any more), mild bitterness and dry maltiness. Quite nice. Quite a lot different beer than the 1999 vintage.
glennmastrange (2411) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, caramel and nutty, moderate cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with dried cherry, date and toffee. Head is average size, fizzy, off-white with slippery, bubbly lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is hazy reddish brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. A potent and deep English Strong Ale.