chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #18687, shared with Joeh and DenverLogan, June 2006. Bought from the Fullers shop. This felt rather lighter and less complex on the palate than the 1997 sampled at the same time. The malt wasnít as rich, but the fruit tasted fresher with more currants to go with the raisins and prunes. More hops had survived, not surprisingly, to provide better balance and, although there were touches of oxidation this was less pronounced (also not surprising). At this stage in their development , the 2001 wins, but I suspect it would last another 4 years less well than the 1997.
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #8826. Poured a slightly hazy peach with not much more than a swirl and a looser ring of caramel headage. The nose found a solid dose of vinous and plum notes on a caramel foundation with herbal and medicinal notes... some apparent (and expected) oxidation too.
The flavor had plums, aged vinous qualities, and drawn, smoky caramel at its core.. building floral bitterness as it reached the edges of the mouth.. and rum-laden caramel + dark fruit on the long, warm finish. Syrupy on the palate with low carbonation, moderate, well-placed bitterness, and prickly alcohol near the throat. Tasty brew that is likely past its prime, but still holding up quite well.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 07572: Clear copper ruby color with a tan lacy head. Thick caramel and lightly spiced aromas abound. Very smooth and crisp with good balance. Thick syrupy sweet body with notes of oak. Hides its alcohol pretty well but still has a warming effect. A very good strong ale and almost in the same boat as the vintage '99 I had two months ago.
Ernest (7030) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, cookie, caramel, cereal, grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus - orange), with notes of peach, toffee, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This year proves that my beef with the 2000 was hops and yeast related, not age. Not as full-bodied as the í99, the aroma is a bit off in the malt department (grainy, corn flakes like), and the finish is slightly funky.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
post GABF tasting with Walt, Dickinsonbeer & Rudolf. Mahoghany pour, little head, whiskey/bourbon, oak & vanilla fill both aroma & flavor. Very nice rich malt presence. very good beer that has kept for quite awhile. tasted a tad old but still wonderful. Thanks Walt
blankboy (6919) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Pours a murky amber-orange with a small lasting white head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, dark fruit, some yeast and alcohol -- itís held up quite well. Flavour of sweet malt, wood, hops, dark fruit and alcohol -- my fellow raters thought it diminished somewhat but I found it really flavourful, especially for a 5 year-old beer. Medium bodied. Still an excellent Ale, well done Fullers -- and thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing.
Radek Kliber (6876) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No 09216. Copper ale, white head. All this combination looked pretty attractive. Highly aromatic and complex aroma but it was missing something to be great. Deep, spicy, earthy flavour.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 7574, a sibling of CaptainCougar bottle :-} ...Slight hazy copper color, small but still creamy head, very good lacing, Medium to full-bodied. Raisins, caramel, sherry/oak, with just a hint of tart fruit on the nose. Outstanding aroma! Vinous at the start with fruity undertones. Gathered an additional warm malty sweetness midway through the glass, the taste just got better and better as I drank it. Smooth and rich with no bitter bite or over dominating alcohol presence. The lingering aftertaste is a nice reminder of the craftsmanship shown in this world-class Ale. I've got two more bottles and look forward to trying this again next year, if I can wait. THANKS to Hopsrus for recommending this as my 100th rating.
Sledutah (6392) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown/gold with a small off-white head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Caramel, toffee and bready
Taste: Toffee and caramel
Well balanced, held up good for a 10 year old beer.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with biegaman, blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle via trade with TPaliga. Murky deep copper, average creamy off-white head. Incredible aroma - woody, thick sweet roast roast malt, yeast, raisins, tamed hops - jesus thatís nice. Taste has dimished somewhat with age - woody, astringent orange juice malt, quite boozy, hops are still kicking around. Body is a bit watery now, astringent and alcoholic mouthfeel, the alcohol and sweet fruit carry through the finish. Excellent senior citizen.