ilovedarkbeer (2136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beer Rating #1000 (when you subtract all the sakes, ciders, meads, etc.)
First off, I want to sincerely thank Robert, the man behind the ďrare wine roomĒ at Mr. Gís in Plano, Texas, for not only allowing me to try this rare beer, but also for providing it to me at no charge. What a gentleman. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try something that is both scarce and delicious for the important milestone that is my 1000th review. My bottle pops with plenty of carbonation after 9 long years of slumber. The smallest amount of light escapes from a deep garnet colored body that glistens when the light hits it in a fashion similar to said gemstone. A large off-white head rapidly blossoms in the glass to revel a sizeable fluffy mass containing an abundance of yeasty bubble pockets. The lacing is incredibly beautiful; it could easily be mistaken for silky English lace. This crŤme colored blanket of a head coats the walls of the glass and gives no indication that it plans to depart any time soon. A gentle swirl rouses the slowly shirking, but never vanishing head back to its full height. This is particularly impressive for a beer so advanced in years. One could easily mistake it for a freshly beaten egg-based dessert. The nose of this fine ale has many complex layers. Fresh blackberries and blackberry jam dominate the first sniff followed by blackcurrants, frozen blueberries, rum cake, pralines, toffee, jelly based chocolate candies, gumdrops, vanilla yogurt, must, fleeting citrus hops, lactose, and a hint of nutty and papery oxidation. Cleary this ale has been properly taken care of over the years. The taste is equally impressive. Warm runny caramel appears in the forefront followed by brown sugar, brandy soaked bread pudding, freshly baked Turkish sweet breads, attic dust, Spanish cedar, faint tobacco leaves, river rocks, and some earthy humus. Although the mouthfeel is moderate, it is one that is incredibly smooth and shockingly quaffable at 8.5% alcohol by v
hombrepalo (1704) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delilahs Vintage Tasting. Hazy amber color; creamy head. Beautiful malt aroma, fruity; Porto wine; sweet, fresh wood. Delightful finish, interesting flavors. Very unique!
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL Bottle. No: 46005. This one is for George Bush and Dick Cheney and then end of a terrible reign. Fitting, a beer brewed when I was too young to vote and a year that heralded in a near-decade of demise. At the end of a week that dawned a new American day, this beer will help me usher out an ugly era and welcome a new one. A vigorous pour produces a frothy demon. Thick blood-tinted amber spawns a creamy silk head that lies above quietly throwing off vapors of caramel, old wine, and aged hops. Mixed and somewhat expected. Light age is noticeable, but not dominating. Flavor carries a very brisk sensation of past-peakedness. Thereís a lot of old hops in there, over a surprisingly thin malt structure. Lots of dust and age. Having had a 1998 in 2006, Iím a bit surprised by the poor condition of this specimen. Itís not terrible, but itís not desirable. Malt goes with some vinousness instead of chewy graham-cracker toffee. Hops hand their souls over immediately to a mouthful of dust. Some complex port-like fruit alcohols are the saving grace of this beer. Otherwise, at this point, not something to strive for.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber brown, smooth, caramel, darkfruits, toffee, little spice, slight vinous.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Attractive copper / caramel brown pour with a decent cream colored head. Full toffee, caramel and dried fruit nose and flavor. Smooth and creamy as well.
IrishBoy (3685) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Chris at Woodshop Quad. Bottle 64253. nose of caramel, toffee, and a spicy note. Clear copper with a medium offwhite head. flavor had caramel, toffee, sweetness, and a spicy note. Best Fullers Vintage I have tasted
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(sample from chris c)apple juice,spice,and malts make up this smooth yet complex brews.this we seriosly awesome.
Dedollewaitor (13010) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
55cl bottle. Finally I got a reason to open this bottle. Pours amber/orange with a full creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet and vinous. Lots of port, dark fruits, caramel and sugar. Quite earthy, a bit mouldy/matured as well. Full , creamy and smooth body. Medium carbonation. Oily, slick and sticky. Taste is vinous and has loads of caramel, dark fruits, sugar and a hint of liquorice. Bitter end. Maaaaad Nice!
berkshirejohn (3955) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1pt 2.6 fl. oz. bottle #42548, bought from the brewery and saved for my 1000th rating.
Pours clear golden amber with thick billowing caramel colour head that falls back quickly leaving the glass well-laced.
Aroma is deeply vinous, like the cork from an old bottle of good claret, but also has lots of burnt caramel and wood smoke.
The flavour is similar, to start you could be sipping a good wine, rich, smooth and velvety, but then the roasted malts become apparent with a deep earthy caramel, followed by a touch of orange and spice. There’s also leather and tobacco in there as well.
The alcohol shows in the finish, but in a very mellow, warming way, with a touch of smoke and sweetness - not unlike a highland
Overall a truely outstanding ale, still at it’s best after 8 years. I’m looking forward to my next major milestone now, as
I have a bottle of the 1999 vintage put aside.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, honey, touches of fruit. Tastes earthy with some decent fruity hints and a big hint of apples on the finish.