Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by drewbeerme, i believe, at the chicagoland ratebeer tasting. Thanks andrew- trying this back to back with the 99 vintage was quite a treat. Pours a clear amber with a small offwhite head. Notes of caramel, fruit, a hint of mint, brown sugar. Flavor is a sherry, plum combo. Very smooth and easy drinkin. Both the 99 and 2000 were awesome. Happy to try these! Thanks Andrew!
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body. Old blanket and watery caramel and old books aroma. Dry-sweetish caramelly old books and linoleum taste with fruity grassy notes. Fullish body. Mild, faintly hot mouthfeel. Dryish hot earthy caramel aftertaste with linoleum notes. Also orange zest and mint.. Excellent and very interesting. (0.5l bottle shared by KnutAlbert.)
KnutAlbert (5546) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby beer, lovely carbonation. Old mouldy carpet, stale cheese, leather bound books, various alcohols. Sherry, caramel, mint, dry finish.
Over the top? sure, but try it!
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
31st July 2008. Very sweet beer. Pronounced red fruity start, raspberries plus subtler strawberry and cherry. This is followed by a sweet creamy malt with a whisper of milk chocolate. The abv is well disguised in this easy drinking complex beer.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish orange, thin dissipating head.
Aroma is potent here, full of musty orange peel, a hint of herb, woodiness, spice. Reminded of the smell of an old house.
Brown sugar flavour initially, plum fruit, warming yet bitter spiciness. Mustyness from the aroma translates to the flavour, ending with a slight caramel sweetness.
Finish is pruney, sweet with mild bitterness and lasts a while.
This aged very well, a well rounded, unique tasting ale.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose: Can not find any other word to describe it, except ícobwebsí. Like walking into an empty, dusty room of an old house with wooden floors. Rather strange, but cool. ...Hardly any fruit in this one. Slightly sugary, with some yeast. Unique!
Flavours are dark and dry. A nice bitterness comes through in the middle and lingers on in the finish.
Some mustiness in the flavours also.
The hue is a nice dark orange/brown, with a nice haziness.
Bragesnak (5049) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with off-white head. Aroma of malt, red berries and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, alcohol and fruit
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 42624. I could smell dark fruit the moment the seal on the cap was broken and before Iíd even poured it. Poured a beautiful copper colour with a large creamy white head. Smells of dark fruit - plums and raisins, with an underlying maltyness. This carries on into the flavour. I t has a strong port-wine flavour, full of dark fruits. Caramel maltyness underlies the flavour. a slight bitterness/alcohol flavour towards the end. Very, very nice.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 29/05/2009. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Musty old borrowed duffel coat on the nose. Tastes nice but alcohol and autolysis donít have a lot to hold them up now. A lovely drop still... It could be worth holding onto, out of interest, but I suspect this one is past its best.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle number 43157, courtesy of Robert at Mr. Gís in Dallas, TX (and ilovedarkbeer for his work at getting Robert to give it to him at no charge). Pours with a huge, long lasting egg shell colored head over a hazy bronze kettle hued body. The head will not quit, even after about an hour in the snifter. The beer leaves fantastic, sheets of lacing on every swirl and sip. Aroma is, wow, complex. Sweet, bready, tang, sherry, port, light oxidation, British ale yeast, rum, chocolate, dough, cinnamon, raisins, light alcohol, dark raspberries, currants (from the fusel alcohol), nougat, cassis. Layers upon layers in the aroma, a new experience each sniff. Taste is sweet and doughy with spice, cinnamon, toffee, pralines, a bit of oxidation (9 year old beer here folks, but it is really amazingly well kept). There is a bit of lingering bitterness too (ancient British hops). Now for the second sip. More golden sweetness, wood, light cedar, ashy, fruity with blackberries, some alcohol, and old library books. Really holding up well, but the aroma cannot be matched by the taste, no matter how hard it tries (but that might be more the complexity of the aroma over the taste of the beer). Mouthfeel ties the knot on this beer, syrupy, velvety and smooth, light carbonation. Absolutely brilliant and a treat to have tried.