phaleslu (7173) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks a bundle, Dan! Number 91051. Pours a clear amber color with almost no head. Resembles a barley wine in aroma- lots of toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and rich caramel malt notes. Flavor of toffee, raisins, grapes, apples, oak, and caramel malts- just a little bit tart and sour, which probably wasn’t intentional but worked well for me. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet but thin mouthfeel. I’d be interested to try more of these.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was quite a good beer. Lots of complex caramel sweetness and some dark fruits i.e. figs and raisins. I tasted even a slight dark plum from this beer. Very nicely done.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle No 84518 - sampled on 12/31/2010 in a tulip glass. Pours a fairly cloudy deep amber color with tiny tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is very oaky, with loads of raisens, dates, honey, deep caramel. Flavor is fairly oaky with caramel, orange peel, hint of chocolate. Finish is balanced, with a bit of metallic bitterness. Palate is a bit watery. This is good overall, not my favorite of the series but still good. Maybe a bit past its prime.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick tan head that faded quickly. Nicely carbonated related to the age, with a big aroma of obvious caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Winey flavor with slight oxidation, some cherry and more of the toffee.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 84994. Poured murky reddish brown with a medium sized beige head. Bready malty aroma with notes of alcohol and dark fruits and maybe a touch of honey. Mild carbonation. Mild cardboard (thanks Ernest!). Dark fruit notes, a bit of cherries and a bit of brown sugar round out the flavor. First taste was a tad harsh from alcohol but it mellowed out before I finished it. Good beer for 7 years old.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance:Brow, hazy. Disappearing head.
Nose: Swwt, dark toffee. Winy, slight vinegar. Balsamico? Oloroso Sherry.
Mouthfeel: Soft, round, already quite light.
Flavor: Spanish mazapan, cognac, Sherry. Aftertaste is mellow and pleasant. Excellent.
Rune (8890) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany coloured body to a shiny surface. Smell of dried fruits and bready malts. Malt-covered raisin, apricot and prunes in flavour along with hints of spices. Dry hopped bitter end. Full bodied, vinous and warming. Very pleasing, however, rather sweet in the long run. Bottle 0,5l, vintage 2004, No. 22398, shared with Finn at White Horse, London 5 Oct 10.
Finn (4642) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,5l på White Horse, Parsons Green 5 Okt 10. Flaske nr. 22398 - påspandert av Rune henimot slutten på vår ukelange studietur til England. Dyp mahogny på farge. Lavt kremskum. Behagelig vinøs sherry-aroma. Plommer & svisker. Eikepreg. Fyldig smak: Plommer, rosiner & sherry. Eikepreg i avslutningen. Smakene er godt integrert. Uklar siste kvell.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #50322. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint glass. Pours clear red-amber with a tall, frothy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves a nice amount of fine lace on the glass. On the nose, there are aromas of cherry, brandy, caramel, vanilla, yeast and a hint of dust. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with complex, fruity notes leading to a long, sherry finish. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with an ultra-smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a beautiful strong, fruity ale with a complex malt character. It is strong, with warming notes of brandy and sherry, but also smooth and very mellow. I have been sitting on this bottle since release, wondering what might happen to it; it has matured beautifully. 2010-09-19
espenra (904) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle. Number 27876. A gift from a very good friend. This bottle has been in my cellar for several years and it was time to drink it since it is best before 2007-12-31. It poured an orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of yeast, dark red fruits and some dust. Reminds me of a sherry or a port. The flavour is very smooth and well rounded. Notes of malts, dark red fruits, alcohol, syrup and hints of hops. Medium long aftertaste.
I was very anxious to try this beer since the best before date was almost 3 years ago, but neither the aroma or the flavour has deteriorated. A really nice beer.