TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Purchased by duff at White Horse on Parsons Green. Copper body with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with some grain and rum-soaked fruit notes. Taste is raisiny with alcohol, sweet malts, rum cake and spiced fruits. Body has light carbonation sharpness but is slick and a bit sticky. Finish is sweetened malts, ripe fruit and spice with mild alcohol notes.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.
Enticing aroma. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, apricot, vanilla and caramel.
Full-bodied and flavorful but hot down the throat and the cloying syrupy sweetness was just too much. Notes of apricot, tea, tangerine, wood and orange. The hops were nice and sought to balance but failed.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Caramel toffee aroma with a touch of choc and yeast. Brown with small head. Sweet caramel with a yeasty mid and sweet though dry finish. Smooth. Nice. ReRate (-1 Overall): Sweet but balanced with a lovely spiced finish. Very morish.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Bottle # 15601... Poured a caramel color with a very small off white head, with very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples, plums, spice, nuts and caramel malts. Taste was more sweet malts and spices, nuts, a tart citrus hoppiness, and a light alcohol.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fullerís
In addition to the commersial description First Gold hops were also used, as per Fullerís head brewer. This is definately more developed than -03. Still, though, has potential for more. Bread, toffee. Soft (donít want to use the sm**th-word). Quite malty for a vintage beer.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #15605. Nice amber body with a smallish white head. Aroma of hops, malt and caramel with an alcoholic follow up. Barleywine like, sweet with touches of caramel. Hot alcohol finish but pleasantly so. Full bodied but not syrupy. Lingering aftertaste of pleasantly sweet alcohol. Thanks for sharing DuctTape.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the White Horse, Parsons Green. The colour was somewhat difficult to gauge as the pub was so crowded that we had to sit outside in the dark. The aroma didnít augur well. Malt dominates, but it has a very distinct cereal character and sweetness, that I didnít find very appealing. However, all was redeemed on the palate. Thereís plenty of malty sweetness, but a good dollop of spicy hops counterbalance that nicely. Rich, complex, fruit cake flavours put in an appearance too. Long, dried fruit finish, with the hops lasting the distance. Definitely a beer of two halves. Overall, good, but not outstanding.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle # 23359)Amber with hints of blood red and orange colour. Small white head. Rich deep malty aroma of oak, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Small undertones, of candied, cherries, pepper and alcohol. Rich chewy malty flavour of almonds, oak, raisin, and dried dark plums with a small port note. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Raisin, bitter almonds, rum and blue plums in the aftertaste.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Glad we finished off the ight with this. The aroma wasnít so good, with slight hints at maple syrup, smelt like it was going to be too sticky to drink. The palate was very nice. A little sweet, but i expected that, rich, raisiny flavour, with slight hints of maple syrup. Some slightly caramelly salty, sherry like qualities to finish off, this was really nice. Good to share it with fellow ratebeerers.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice clear orange brown color with a dense head and nice lacing. Taste is full bodied with a nice sweetness of malts and flavors of vanilla, tea and clove. This stuff is worth the fancy packaging it deserves.