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 (8521) - 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 (9819) - 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 (8529) - 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 (7481) - 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!
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Sainsburyís - bought one for (much) later, too. Heady vinous fruit/malt aroma. Oily, fruity, spicy flavour. Full mouthfeel. Good long roasty finish with some hop. Splendid.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle no. 39224 -- pours a tawny brown with a fizzy full head. Aroma of caramels and toffees is intoxicating... literally. I was drunk off the fumes. The taste is so scotch smooth that this could easily be considered a lethal weapon. Almost too smooth though. It leaves a little beer aesthetic to be appreciated. Crystal malts and butter. Amazing.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe the LCBO has seen the light by releasing something like this. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel with a strong fruitiness. The flavour is like sticky malts with caramel and and hints of orange. Great beer, could stand to be a little thicker in mouthfeel. Iíll have to buy another for aging purposes.
Crockett (1002) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No. 48378: Pours clear deep amber with a big lasting. Nose of caramel, musty raspberry and sweet whisky malts. Smooth big mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Lots of toffee, sea salt. Alcohol is well hidden in this complex beer. Buttery smoothness and a pile of barley. Although ready to drink, it is capable of certain wonders when aged. Good luck to my other five.