jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ihave always had this one aged a few years so it will be interesting to try it aged. Bright sparkling copper body topped by a frothy light manila head. The aroma is spicy hops and lightly sweet malts. Remonds me a bit of their ESB. The flavor is much more hoppy than an aged variety (duh!). Sublte sweet and spicy malts. Medium body with a bit of acidity in the finsih. Lingering hoppy bitterness. I like this one young rahter than aged. Good stuff.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of similarities to the 2000, but obviously fresher all around. hops alot more noticable, malts took a back seat for this trip. Alcohol was a bit more potent and had hints of caramel floating around. Definitly a brew to let sit around your cellar before consumption though.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glassy dark red amber color and a thin head. It might be a partial congestion on my part, but im only getting a faint fruity malt smell off this. Very subtle flavor behind the initial strike from the bitterness and alcohol presence. The flavor is a smooth malty, slightly roasted and quite earthy. A fine beer to ring in the new year.
GregClow (2893) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper colour with a small tan head. Aroma is strong and sweet, with dried fruit, caramel, licorice and alcohol notes. Flavour kicks off with some sweetness - brown sugar and dried fruit - then gets smoky & woody, moving into a bitter hop finish. The high alcohol is obvious, but not unwelcome on a cold winterís night. I expect those edges will mellow with age, but even in this young state, itís a very nice beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deeper amber color with a tan head. Strong malty aroma, some raisin and caramel meld well with some of the alcohol. Flavor is pretty sweet up front with some brown sugar, caramel, raisin, a touch of smoke followed up with some bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, some alcohol present, but the amount of it was kind of pleasant. Quite a hearty ale, it should age very nicely. Thanks for the gift mr_kimchee.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle #84,004...Amber, nice tan head and thick lacing. Bubbly. Smells leafy and peppery, ALmonds, vanilla, pepper, alcohol. Sticky sweet, annoying so. Just not very enjoyable. Aroma put me off immediately, thinking it was skunked, but it isnít, its just a sharp alcoholic smell mixed with a peppery peanut/almond character. Maybe it does need age, because it is very rough right now. I expected more, although I didnít expect a masterpiece. I didnít expect the dud that I got. As it brethes, the nose takes on more phenolic character...rubber, nail polish remover, wood stain or stripper...This really seems amateur, sorry Fullers. I couldnít finish the pint. I guess Iíll hold on to my other bottle and hope for a miracle.
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a few of these sitting in the cellar so I figured Iíd see what one tasted like fresh. Bottle # 65862. Poured a dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and hoppy. Caramel stronger in the tastes. Sweet with a hoppy balance. It will be interesting to see how the hops fad in a few years, but as is, I enjoyed this one.
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, small but lasting head. Fairly complex aroma: hezalnuts, hops. Full bodied, buttery and oily. Warming alcohol. A firm hopbitter flavor, walnuts. Just a touch of wood. I canít taste any fruit. There is some sharpness that will probably ease down over the years. Oaky bitter afteratste. Good quality beer that needs some cellaring.
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, beautiful, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. The aroma is of caramel and golden raisins. The flavor is malty and sweet, but not cloyingly so; not even close. This comes as a surprise as this beer is "red hot" right now... 2004. Instead, the brew is very well-hopped to produce a semblance of balance. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Long, astringent, lightly bitter finish. I canít wait until 2010 when I open the second bottle I purchased.
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Big thanks to goldtwins for this. This is the first boxed beer Iíve ever drank....if I had it around noon it would be a true boxed lunch. Pours copper with a big, white head. Aroma of malt, chardonnay, piney hops and lemon esters. Tastes very malty, with a superb finishing balance of hops, citrus, fruit, and a hint of krieky, lambicness at culmination. More complex than a Chinese calculus exam. As I mature beerwise and agewise I appreciate subtlety more (in beer, not women) and this one subtlelly wows me. Thanks again, Larry. 061306: Rerate froma bottle my neighbor and good friend Joe gave me. This beer has maintained the 4.3, and may be even more complex at this point. If you have one of these, I recommend popping it now!