FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Dry grainy aroma, really nutty. Soft carbonation. Very dry palate. Raisins in the taste accompany a rich malt with loads of dry nutty papers. Some plum too. Do add some of the sediment - it adds to the aroma and the taste - bumps up the fruitiness. The hoppiness is very bitter, and quite biting. The finish is dry and aged, and very very long. Great hoppy bite and great balance. And great raisins.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # . Pours a clear but very dark orange red, light glow, with a medium frothy bubbly grayish tan head. Aroma is strong oxidized malt, fruit, toffee, some integrated alcohol, nuts and figs, hint of chocolate. Flavor is delicious and much fuller than the aroma, chocolate covered toffee, lightly buttery, dried dark fruits, hint of grass, warming alcohol, pecans, fantastically aged, mellowed wonderfully, nuts and cherry aftertaste. Surprisingly not cloying, medium sweet and rich with a fair amount of bitterness. Medium bodied, creamier full mouthful but doesnít feel heavy at all, smooth, viscous without stickiness, still has the perfect amount of carbonation, spread-out med/large tingly bubbles. The oxidation is fantastic.
mjs (3994) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, on 2009-08-29) Deep reddish brown and clear. Small white head. Raisin, malts, dried plum and sweetness in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Malts, raisin, lightly sweetness, bitterness, hint of roastedness and dried plum in taste. Malty, dry and bitter aftertaste.
TheJester (1642) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from radiomgb. (bb Dec 31, 2007). Translucent copper with just a ring of head. Smells like a British barleywine; toffee, oak, dark fruit, dates, pepper - no scent of hops. Flavour is caramel-sweet, with candied fruit and more dates. Warming alcohol-fuelled finish. Feels thick and heavy in your mouth. Carbonation is low - likely due to age. I wish I had another.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper coloured body with strong ruby highlights and a very thin tan head that fades very fast. Aroma of malt, toffee, yeast, light hops, alcohol, oak, vanilla and a bit of honeysuckle. Medium-bodied; Strong sweet flavour that goes down like a mellow barley wine, with large cherry flavours really coming through. Aftertaste has a bunch of complexity from oak, vanilla, yeast, toffee and a lot of mellow alcohol flavours. Overall, a nice and rather refreshing potent beer - definitely worth picking up a bottle and keeping it for a few years! I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased in late 2006 at Normís in Vienna, Virginia, aged for three more years, then sampled at home in Washington on 19-June-2009.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With sincere thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this vintage with me on his balcony pre-ballgame :-) Appearance: Light brown/murky orange with a small off white head. Aroma: Very toasty, dark fruit, hops, yeast, malt with pepper. Flavour: Strong alcohol, malt, bitter hops, dark fruit, quite a fruity and tangy finish. Lovely.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade. Pours a swamp water brown with a small beige head and some spotty lacing. Nose was a little boozy with some caramel, toffee, a hint of apricot and baking spices. Flavor was also a bit boozy with some candied apricots, sweet caramel and toasted malts. The brew was first sampled at about 35*, waayyy too cold. As the brew sat and warmed to about 55*, some of the fruit became more noticeable. The beer didnít seen to be as balanced as other vintages Iíve tried.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle. Clear honey brown with some beige fuzz. Nose is maple and caramel but more prominent wood and acetone. Very smooth with a slight sour tang. Taste is toffee, candied lemon peel and sherry. Dry, papery finish with a grassy bite. Kind of interesting, a little thin.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, small (04-06) vertical my dad and I had. Bottle number 81230. Pours a hazy brown with a thick white/tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells fantastic, with notes of malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla candy, bourbon, and possibly even walnut, with a touch of alcohol. Medium thick body, and lots of malt flavor. Finishes with a light bitterness and rather smooth. The best of the three we had.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a bottle shop in Covington, KY. Pours deep amber red with an off white head. Medium bodied but with than thinner British mouthfeel. Aroma of British ale esters, caramel, and wet grains. Flavor of tobacco, caramel, toasted malts, brandy, and dark fruit with a balancing herbal bitterness. Finish semi-dry and yeasty with a hint of alcohol. Not bad