Fin (9214) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that Peter Fowler, Shoulder of Mutton kindly shared at tasting at his pub 28.04.11 Pours reddy amber, looks good. Touch of tobacco on nose along with some dried citrus and a dab of spice. Tasty beer really full bodied, however possibbly a bit too much toffee for me, though there is some vanilla and a little nuttiness in there. Extremely likeable but not a patch on the 1999 that we also tried. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle, 55cl) Hazy, chestnut-brown coloured hue with lots of floaties and a short diminishing beige foamy head. Sweet toast-malty, slightly vinous fruity aroma with notes of caramel, liquorce, tobacco, sweat and a bit brandy-like alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a very soft carbonation and a slightly viscid mouthfeel. Creamy toasty malty, date- and fig-fruity taste with caramel, liquorice, resin and a tinge of marzipan; almost endlessly lasting, slightly vinous, subtle fruity and toasty finish. Highly elaborated stuff. 24.III.10
olio (8802) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.
Bottle No. 39274.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet toffee and chocolate on the aroma, ripe fruits and wood. Sweet fruits, caramel, licorice and some wood on the flavor, bread too. Smooth oily palate, lingering sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A mid brown beer with a nice white head. The aroma is thick with juicy hops and creamy alcohol. The taste also has lots of warming alcohol , fruits, nail varnish, perfume and vanilla. The texture is like butterscotch. After a while it does become ’heady’ but it is more than acceptable.
marcus (8688) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown with a modest beige head and a ffuity aroma. There is a hearty delicious malty flavor that keeps its age nicely. A smootly bitter toasty finish sticks to the palate.
Hansen (8244) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, amber colour, unclear, murky. Has a creamy, mostly lasting head, light brown. Aroma of port, tqwny and butter. Flavor is heavy sweet.
douglas88 (8012) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle thanks to Kirk. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium orange/white head. A big dusty nose of yeast and caramel. The flavor is robust with caramel, port, more dust, earthy, sweet oranges, lots of yeast. Really nice, has held up great . The oxidation fits in well.
SudsMcDuff (7732) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This seems to be aging quite well.. . loads of toffee and caramel, with a big oily biscuit aftertaste . .. do you wanna eat my fat? i think you know the answer to that .. . The theonly nagative is the mouth is going a bit, thinning out if you will .. It is what it is, ..folks!
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Pours a mahogany amber colour with a small head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, some bread, orange marmalade and grass. Rich flavour of toasted malts, very strong licorice root notes, bread, salt, syrupy sweetness and some wooden notes. Full bodied. Brilliant stuff. The licorice root notes here are very original for the Vintage Ale series. 12 years old and no signs of aging.
chriso (7513) - 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 didn’t augur well. Malt dominates, but it has a very distinct cereal character and sweetness, that I didn’t find very appealing. However, all was redeemed on the palate. There’s 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.