Theydon_Bois (16227) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, - 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.
Camons (9613) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark golden with a creamy tan head, light lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, oxidation, honey, toffee, wood, little alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet and rather oxidated, malty, caramel, honey, toffee, wood, alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Way past its prime. 130416
chrisv10 (14602) - DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle "2000 vintage" #54129. Slightly hazy dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dusty, oxidized, toasted and dark fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit, oxidized, medium sweet, little dark fruit, cognac, tofffee, biscuit, cake, chocolate and a little bitter.
Rasmus40 (16625) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, honey, toffee and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Way past it’s prime. 130416
artemb (522) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look: dark orange-brown, cloudy.
Aroma: toffee, crème brûlé, sherry.
Taste: strong to moderate sweetness.
Flavour: toffee, mature cheese, umami, malt, mature alcohol (cognac, rum, sherry).
Finish is not so sweet, more dry and alcoholic.
sunstoneale (49) - MOLDOVA - MAR 7, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy amber with a thin head. Rich and complex aroma of caramel, fruit jam, toffee, a bit of alcohol. Taste is rather sweet with all the nuances as the aroma, yet not cloying and at the same time with no hops whatsoever. Finishes slightly dry yet with a pleasant liquor-like aftertaste. Great beer that became even better with aging, though a touch of hops (like in the 2012 version) would make it just perfect.
Maersk (110) - MOLDOVA - MAR 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No head. Brown color. Very hazy. Light quince aroma. Sweet candy and perfume in the taste. Caramel and creme brûlée. A bit rough and bitter finish with some biscuits in the end. Very good balance
dnicolaescu (1685) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 MARCH 2016. Quite close to the fresher 2012 vintage we’ve had at the same tasting, but certainly less malty and a bit old, dusty and oxidized. After all these years, there’s still a bit of hops there in the finish. Not as mind blowing as I remember it the first time, but still excellent. 9-4-8-4-16=4,2
JULY 2015. No. 53697. Hazy amber, tan head. Super intense and complex - dried fruit with oxidation sherry notes that balance the big sweetness, a touch of warming alcohol. Silky smooth mouth-feel. World class. 9-4-9-4-18=4,4
Satyroneto (290) - BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cor âmbar com tons rubi, translúcida e algum brilho; espuma marfim de média formação e média persistência com lacing regular.
Aroma complexo com notas doces de maçã, mel e toques de pêra; com o aumento da temperatura surgem notas de madeira e torrado e mais tardiamente notas de álcool.
Sabor também complexo com início doce de maçã e mel evoluindo para um final amargo elegante fazendo contraponto ao dulçor inicial; com a elevação da temperatura agrega-se ao sabor inicial notas de torrado e madeira; com maior elevação da temperatura surgem notas alcoólicas no final; retrogosto persistente de dulçor de maçã e amargor equilibrado, surgindo notas alcoólicas que aquecem a boca com a elevação da temperatura.
Cerveja extremamente equilibrada e imptessionante drinkability para uma cerveja que envelheceu por 15 anos.
Gary (1810) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml. No 55851. Drank from a goblet ; just had a vintage 99 ..Woah what a joy to be blessed with a larger ,more rocky beige foam head than i was anticipating . This beer head maybe symbolic of this beer still having some heart and soul . this is pretty awesome for a jaded old bottle . It drinks as rich as a millionaire . there are slices of robust booze covered malt that showcase age , complexity and the hands of time ...cherry , raisin, bread, mellow roast, cake , this is a beautiful vintage beer.
danlo (2289) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt 2.6 fl oz bottle. Bottle no. 55733. Pours a clear deep coppery golden amber colour with a creamy off-white foam head leaving lots of lacing. Nose is nutty, malts and toffee, raisins, sherry. Flavour of malt, caramel, sweet toffee, brown sugar, honey, milk chocolate, light roasted, earthy and nutty. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, sofy carbonation, lingering sweetish warm boozy earthy light bitter finish. Very drinkable, this bottle has aged well!