fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 04843
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Beautiful malt aroma, fruity; Porto wine; sweet, fresh wood. I may feel more if all those bastards around me would stop smoking!
Powerful mouthfeel, malty, liquorice, caramel, light wallnuts.
Long finish, bearing both hop bitterness and bitter maltiness (and liquorice, and light litchie fruitness).
Wonderful. Would like to taste it in another couple of years.
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botte at Kookfest 06. My favourite of the series. Hazy deep chestnut, lasting beige head. Hoppy but not as much as the 2001. Lovely creamy texture, quite harsh on end. Still intense and almost overpowering. Honeyish, bit of whisky. Great hop.
yngwie (15760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 04479. It pours a clear, copper colored body under a half finger thick beige head leaving lacings. Caramel and some oxidation in the aroma, with hints of camphor. A pleasant dried fruit scent as well. Thereís a pleasant bitterness to deal with the mostly malty flavor. Beef stock, caramel, some oxidation and dried fruits, and a little alcohol hint. Full-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and with a mostly bitter finish. Less complex than the 1999 bottle, but certainly nice anyway. 120106
saxo (15410) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #04486. Nice head with ok duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sugar, malt and alcohol.
Leighton (15347) - 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.
rlgk (15335) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper/amber color, offwhite head. Earthy aroma, malty, some toffee notes. Malty nutty flavor, some alcohol, some dust. Woody and with a rather malty profile.
Dedollewaitor (14923) - 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!
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red brown color, small beige head. Clearly "vintage aroma" - dry woody and oaky nose. This is quite Fullers ESB -like, oaky with hops and malts and some licorice. Palate is a bit liquerish in the finish. Hoppy and slightly alcoholic aftertaste. I am not sure if this has changed a lot in the ageing, it feels more like a beer, which stays good. Age is mostly evident in the aroma. Good beer.
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at PapsÝís - Thanks. Clear amber/reddish/brown - white head. Sweetness, nutty, berries, light oxidation, herbal, raisins, light burned and roasted malts, walnuts, caramel, oakey.... Tjaaa.
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home (from the brewery shop July í12) - 23/09/12. No. 54386.
Slightly obscured reddish amber with a thin off-white head that thins to the edges, forms a pond, but then retains fairly well.
Rich dark fruits dominate the nose, prunes, cherries, slightly earthy and musty and some nuttiness - but itís a few years old so I can get this!
Taste absolutely top notch. Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, prunes, dates, figs, dark sugars, a little biscuit and bread to balance.
Perfect on the palate - smooth, minimal soft carbonation, spot on !
Another great vintage from Fullers, still highly drinkable, although the nose has started to wain. Big relief that this one was in fine fettle after a recent í99 had ígoneí although no signs of damp on the label as was the case with that one.