drewbeerme (3902) - 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) - - 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.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits (plum, raisin), caramel, and some earthiness. Flavor is earthy with heavy vinous flavors. There is a little bite in the finish. Seems to have aged pretty well, but not as tasty as the í99.
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale hazy nut brown, very small beige head. Earthy, cellary, mould aroma. This one has not aged so well, lots of cellary flavors. Behind that wood and nutty - typical Fullers flavors. Warming alcohol in the finish. Maybe leaked bottle or just one of the vintages which has past its prime.
oh6gdx (22982) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is earthy cellar, raisins, fruits and some alcohol. Flavour is very much the same, long earthyness, fruits and alcohol. Also some raisins in the aftertaste.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
18.6 oz bottle, #23152. Clear rosy brown with light tan froth. Smoky caramel and apple butter. Taste is more muted than expected. Apple, golden raisin, plum and toffee with a grassy, bitter finish. Easy to drink but packs a kick. Maybe past its prime.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red brown with a warm offwhite head, thinning quickly. Big sweet vinous malt. As sweet, if not sweeter, than JW Leeís with the obvious addition of grapiness. Leather, woody, and a bit dusty perhaps. Thick, but not quite syrupy. Relatively average carbonation level. Big sweet and slightly leathery. Vinous. Wood. A bit of subdued alcohol. Very very dry tannic finish. Actually leaves my tongue feeling a bit abraded. Not a bad beer, I think this could have sat for longer to be honest.
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in 2006. Brown in color with nice off-white head. Caramel and grassy hops. Bready and sweet.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 3   Bread : 4   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 3   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) :   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 2   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: A more obviously aged example with little hop character left, but a vinous, bready galore.
Boutip (5207) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga(drank in 2007): Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with dry fig and plums qualities. Taste is sweet with again the dry figs and plums qualities really coming out. No hops were discernable which is probably right due to the age on this bottle. Body was quite full with some lively carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another great vintage ale that aged very gracefully.