tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tea-like tannins underscore floral, citrus hops. Clear copper coloured body with low white head that recedes to ring. Tannin-full, toffee, caramel flavour with light fruitiness and moderate bitterness. Medium-full sticky body with fairly fizzy carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBESG 2005.
zacgillbanks (4527) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Darlington. 2003: Drank 2014-08-21, Score 5. Aged for 11 years. A dark amber coloured beer that pours with a creamy foam head. It has burnt toffee, currants and warming rich red fruity flavours, spicy and peppery hops followed by liquorice, oak and leather and alcoholic warmth on the finish. Very Good indeed!
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. One that I actually took along! Very smooth, tasty indeed - some Barley Wine flavours, but palatable. Strong finish - very tasty. Superb balance. Excellent, though I’d still like to try it aged in a year or two.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed deep orange copper color with a thin off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some mild yeasty phenols and candy notes. The flavor is malty and semi-sweet that dries out some with a mild to moderately bitter finish. Some warmth. A little grapey. Medium bodied.
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #31435. Vegetal, musty, green, caramel, more smoky aroma (compared in vertical to 1999, 2002, 2004 vintages). Also a brand-new poncho vinyl edge. Very drinkable, nevertheless, as the flavors are more sympathetic renditions, with some fruit and typical caramel complements. Orange with reddish huges, good head. Not as rich but a soft carbonation doesn’t intrude.
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. RBESG -05.
Amber colour. Light-ish mouthfeel with a mature feel. Almond and cognac notes. Vineous and rounded. And dry.
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber bronze, moderate white head with some lace and low fine condition. Low hop, malt and orange in the aroma but all quite muted. Quite dry and thin in the mouth with a hint of malt whisky and a suggestion of oakiness. Drab hop bitter finish with some trace alcohol notes. Very dry, thin and disappointing, not up to the usual standard but still drinkable nonetheless.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a thick sticky head. Aroma is alcohol with sweet malt and some dried fruits. By far the freshest of the Fullers I had that night at Erics. Taste is creamy with flavors of toffee, caramel and mellow pine notes.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Fuller’s Brewery in London, England in May 2005. Bottle #15901. Rich copper colour, long lasting beige head, cool puffy lace. The aroma was sweet, lots of caramel malts, christmas cake, fruit cake, apples, some floral hops and small amounts of alcohol. The flavour had some hops (pine mainly), lots of sweet caramel malts, cookies, the alcohol is starting to disappear with this vintage. Dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering medium bitterness, slightly dry. Nice.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured hazy amber with thin tan head...smell is smoked meat and greasy...all around sweet followed up with a mild bitterness...alcohol was a little more apparent in this...