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 (5387) - 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 (7867) - 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.
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - 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 (1831) - 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 (3177) - 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.