JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/6/2010 tasting of 2001 bottle - pours a cloudy deep amber color with almost no head. Aroma is full of deep, rich caramel, apples, toasted oak, chewy malts. Flavor has sweet toasted malts, toasted caramel, hints of lemon zest and cherries, faint notes of oxidation. Finish is fairly sweet, but short of cloying. Overall this is a very good brew, although not quite as good as some of the vintages that I have had.
Scouser (238) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 15779 caramel nutty aroma. Cloudy hazel brown color with little to no head or lacing. Sweet malty taste, with berries and or/ raisin. Not bad, I have another bottle that I am defiantly going to age, I think it is going to improve a lot!
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With sincere thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this vintage with me on his balcony pre-ballgame :-) Appearance: Beautiful pink orange with a small off white head. Aroma: Lovely caramel, malt orange, pineapple, quite tropical. Flavour: Toffee, Christmas pudding, alcohol, lots of oak, hops and a nice oak finish.
jefcon (1388) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #14698. Medium amber and brown, with a slightly sticky tan head. Beautiful aromas of raisin, prune, port, cinnamon and sugar cookie. Winelike palate, little carbonation, medium dry finish. A nice sipping beer. As the beer oxidized, however, the honeyed, jammy flavors subsided and took on a papery characteristic.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1pt. 2.6oz bottle. # 21218. Definite notes of cardboard oxidization. Honey malt, maple syrup, molasses... overripe dark berries. A touch of alcohol. Fairly simple and straightforward... other than the slight oxidization, this one has held up well. Pours a hazed dark amber with a nice sized off white head. Flavor has held up quite well. The hops are pretty much gone, but the malt profile is still quite nice. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg (?)... a definite spice presence. Medium bodied, carbonation is still alive, with a toasty, caramel and malty finish. Thanks Eugene!
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001? A beer Odyssey? Hard to imagine a better way to celebrate another century of ratings. Pours dark copper, full tan head, gorgeous. Nose of honey, toffee, hops and malt. Wonderful. Taste of sweet caramel, ginger and maybe clove, malts, and hops, with a long hop and spice finish. Also wonderful. Hard to imagine a better British Ale. But who cellars a beer for 7 years?
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, honey, some toffee, hints of fruit, spice, earthy. Tastes earthy with some nice spicy hints, sweet caramel, minor fruit presence, hints of citrus. Enjoyable.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Delilahís Vintage Strong Ale fest. Sampled along with the 99, 00, 04, and 05. Pours copper with an off white head. The nose is sweeter than the others. Toffee, brown sugar, caramel, dough, apples, oranges. Caramel toffee malt flavors that are fruity and slightly sour. Finishes with burnt anise notes, alcohol, and spice. This one was really fruity compared to the others, and that isnít a good thing. Not into this one as much as the 99, 00, or 04.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/23/08, bottle samples of vintages 99,00,01,04, and 05. similar to 00 but a little more sweet red and dark fruits in this one while the finish was a bit sour doughy. enjoyed this vintage the least.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends. This yearís vintage has aged better than the 1999 for some reason. Maybe it was handled better? Poured out a dark copper color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are mostly malts, some earthy hops way off in the background. Flavors are all malts, some oak barrel & vanilla here also. Thick & chewy mouthfeel. Finished slightly sweet.