Scopey (7396) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thick beige head. The nose is initially of sweet caramel, toffee, spice, pepper and gingerbread, but the longer I smell the more mould and damp old wood there is. The taste is sweet caramel, golden-syrup, wood, leather, melon, pear, cardboard and mouldy mustiness, with a dry, alcoholic finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. I think everyone was in agreement at the tasting - this is way past its prime.
EdKing (1981) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown. Smell is strong alcoholic, marmalade, but with a bit of damp mustiness. Like damp smelly clothes, and thereís something minerally too. Taste is marmalade, treacle, and a bit of mustiness. Itís very sweet and a bit cloying and with the ageing thereís no trace of hops or bitterness. For me this is not really ageing that well. Itís past itís best.
Meilby (8266) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 550ml #04479 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy deep amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft..
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie.Bottle no: 04479.Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, mint, fruitiness, yeast, some oxidized notes and licorice.Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, some warmth, caramel and fruitiness.Medium body, average carbonation.
Beersiveknown (3238) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle@ home 10/12/11 Very dark with plenty of carbonation and rich dried fruits
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Casparís Running Toilet Tasting. Pours rich auburn with a foamy, off-white head. Strong leather nose, some dark fruit, slight tang. Quite a sweet flavor with palpable oxidation, robust leather, slight must, candied fruits, and toasted sugar. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with a bit more sting than even younger vintages, lingering leather, some tangy fruits, a slight ístalenessí that isnít altogether a bad thing. Has surprising kick given the age. Nowhere nearly as mellow as 2002-2006. Quite a departure from the other years.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BCTC Saturday night over at Chrisís amazing truck. Pours a lightly hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Oxidized plum, malt and pine. Sweet caramel and big oxidization. Very sweet, plum and prune. Toffee, malt and toast.
Fin (7674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery website & consumed with Trev 17.06.11 Pours mid amber a touch hazy with a white head. This is surprisingly soft on the tongue, there is some warmth permeating through the mouth, a bitterness remains throughout. Some dark dried fruits, there is a touch of oxidisation otherwise it is still remarkably good. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bought directly from the brewery in 2011 with a best before date of 2003. Sweetness dominates and it isa bit one dimensional.Slightly cloudy and quite powerful.Nice but not as good as I had anticipated. An expensive treat.
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a small tan head. Malty aroma of biscuit and caramel with some marmalade. Dusty oxidized cardboard notes. Sweet malty flavour with strong marmalade fruity note, and bitter finish. Clearly too old, or not aged well.