imdownthepub (10022) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 500ml, no. 28,655 from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Reddish copper with white head. Full, fruity beer, there is a sweetish toffee background then a mixture of dried fruity notes to the fore, prunes, sultana’s in addition a hazelnut note lingers on the palate. Late bitterness with roasty malts showing through. Luscious.
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Etwas oxidierter Antrunk, wenig herb, breite Malzigkeit. Geringe passende Süße, hellmalzig würzig, süffig. 10/11/12/12/12/12
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided via trade with beastiefan2k. Pours sparkling and lightly cloudy tawny with a small fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of heavy alcohol, port and brown sugar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness. This one held up very well over the years.
hopscotch (8907) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
What a brew!
I was going to wait until later this year to open this beauty, but fuck it!
The aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. with notes of apple, apricot, caramel, English toffee and dark bread dough. For me, the hops are lost in the aroma. The alcohol is well-hidden also.
This sparkling clear, light copper beer, has a large, fizzy, off-white head. Partially lasting with decent lacework.
The flavor is of caramel, dark fruits, peaches and warm alcohol. Well-balanced with a bitter hop addition. The high ABV really rears it's head here. This is not a complaint as it is very cold outside right now and the alcohol is very warming and comforting.
Full-bodied with a full, silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, alcoholic, bitter, lightly pungent finish. Damp fescue at the wee end.
Excellent brew. Glad I popped it open a bit early.
More great stuff from Fullers.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 48698. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums (similar in strength to the ’99 but a tad more pronounced). Spicy tastes also made a stronger showing. Musty aroma that I detected in the ’98 & ’99 not present in this one.
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle no 04732. A reddish brown coloured beer with a short-lived head. The aroma is alcohol, toffee, raisins and plums. No aged character at all to the smell even after 5 years plus. The taste is as smooth as it gets. Lovely malts, butterscotch - but not in a bad diacetyl way - moussey fruits, and light hops. Again no indication of the age, just beautifully preserved and very, very tasty and moreish. As much as I love sharing, I was very happy to drink this all to myself.
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 ’12) - 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 it’s 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 ’99 had ’gone’ although no signs of damp on the label as was the case with that one.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle 33353: Murky light brown color with a dark tan head. Flavors of harsh caramel, some apples and peaches, with a strong alcohol flavor as well, quite harsh for an ahed strong ale. Mid drink has some nuts and some grains, while the finish is a bit gritty and sugary with a semi-sweet dark fruit and caramel flavor. Aroma is similar to the flavor, though a bit "old" and musty and quite heavy on the old (rotting) apple.
BMan1113VR (7834) - 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. G’s 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.
JorisPPattyn (7817) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of a vertical comparison, many thanks to M & L V.!. Huge, creamy, pinkish rusty head over copper-brown beer. oxydation, walnut, portwine, madeira, Christmas cake. Sweet with full madeirisation, sweet and (wal)nutty. Very slick, but unavoidable thinner MF than younger version, age-thinning. Vanilla, sweet bread, leaving a sweet lingering aftertaste.