DanielBrown (4143) - 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.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends. Poured out a deep amber color, with orange highlights. Small tan head fades quickly. Aromas are of rum soaked dried fruit, orange jam, some earthy hops. Flavors are of orange jam, rum soaked raisins, strong malts. Thick mouthfeel, rich & chewy. Finished slightly dry, but really good overall.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted: Jan 2005 - Bottle No. 54315. Deep mahogany hue with a decent off white head. Pronounced fruity aroma with hints of fig. Rich sweetish flavour with a sappy raisiny fruit body. A little too early to drink I feel. Need more age to get the best of those complex flavours.
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle has been shaken, so it pours a cloudy amber color, with a generous head, thick. The aroma is malty, sweet, a bit fruity light aroma of apples, light aroma of fudge. The mouthfeel is good; the flavor is malty, sweet, with sweet caramel and fudge, very light fruitness (ripe apples); the final shows a rising bitterness, with toffee traces, lasting long; everything is well mixed together, a very good example of brewing art; warming alcohol, makes you feel like sitting by the fireplace; almost with no sign of age.
Thanks Anders37 for sharing this!
JorisPPattyn (8562) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foxy amber; thick, lazy but plenty bubbles to flimsy, disparate head, fast gone. Caramel, gingerbread, vinous and liquorice in the nose. Hopbitter on top of sweet speculoos. The finish swings again to lupuline. Faint wood, liqueurish; but also more vegetable bitterness - Cynar? Also a bit of tobaccoleaf, and, warming up, again liquorice. Velvety, oily mouthfeel. Quite well-bodied. Doubtless a great beer, carefully nurtured. Having sampled the '99 vintage some years ago, and having liked that one even much more, I have a nagging feeling I ought to have had more patience, once more.
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.
egajdzis (5621) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a copper color with a small white head and light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, fruitiness, alcohol, and even a bit of port. Taste was more sweet caramel (as seems to be the trend with this vertical), spicy licorice, toffee, with light hops... light alcohol was present here as well.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500th English Beer Rated. 550ml bottle. Aroma is malt, alcohol & dried fruits (raisins, sultanas). The beer itself is warming with lots of alcohol apparent, a load of malt, caramel, dried fruit and grape skins. The beer is slightly acidic and has a bitter finish. Interesting and excellent.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Bottle # 31444. Slightly hazy, dark amber with a dense, light brown head. Very concentrated sherry aroma. Full-bodied, lightly sweet body with some overripe fruit, apricots and light notes of sherry - sherry vats perhaps. Quite some warming alcohol in the finish. Excellent. 201206
zacgillbanks (3322) - 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!