TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one has been saved to celebrate the arrival of young McKinlay #2. Pours a beautiful ruby brown colour with some carbonation at first and a bubbly off-white head. A delicious sweet malty aroma with a hoppy touch reminiscent of dried fruits. The swallow is a journey through an initial tingly touch on the tongue which leads to a creamy palate full of the malty flavours of licorice and ash. The finish sweetens with raisins and then a dry and spicy hop finish. God its good!
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Simply not ready. I went through and reviewed my notes and the older the Fullers Vintage the more I have liked it. This one is sweet and simple, malty, but not yet integrated or complex. It is a beautiful copper color, totally clear; it will lose its clarity as the bottle conditioning sets in, yeast do their yeasty thing, and die. No doubt the flaovrs will become better integrated as well. For now this is just another pretty face, a really good looking, sweet and simple barleywine. I docked it a couple of points over all because it is just too expensive to be a barleywine, and a relatively low alcohol one at that.
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts will a small, quickly receeding off-white head. Despite being bottle conditioned, pours clear with a dark amber/red body. The initial quite hoppy aroma is offset by the more malty flavour, with slightly burnt, biscuity notes. Very creamy palate makes it seem more filling and carbonated than it really is. The complexity of the flavours makes this an interesting brew, but some of it gets overshadowed by the creaminess.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling dark copper colour with a fizzy white head. Fresh malty aroma with a little citrusy note and just a touch of alcohol making its way through at the end. Brown sugar and raisins also in the nose. The body is very sweet with brown sugar notes. Nicely balanced with a smooth hop bitterness at the end. A bit sweet for my liking, probably because it’s a bit young, but it’ll do for now.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark copper colour with a nice head. Flavour is hoppy with a lot of booze. Good, but will probably be much better aged.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint bottle # 72759 via trade with Walt! - Thanks! - Pours caramel with a fair creamy tan head. Aromas of slight grassy hops, toffee, and big caramel malts mostly. Flavor is lots of caramel, toffee,a good amount of raisin, and a bit of slight hops at the finish give it a good dry bitterness. Palate is malty but very dry.. finishes slightly bitter. Overall very quaffable...
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Brewfiend. Overall underwhelming. Light aroma of mild hops and dry malt. Caramel color. Very dry and lacking in flavor, unlike previous vintages I have tasted. Either this is not ready, or they changed the recipe. Very dry finish.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale copper color with minimal white head. Faint hop odor. Nice caramel malt taste with a hint of port.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to brewfiend for trucking this back for us. Dark copper color with a thin head. Dull aroma of English hops; I would have sworn by Goldings, but apparently not by the ingredients listed. Bone dry malt flavor. Very dusty and earthy. A bit of hops on the finish. Straightforward and tasty.
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boutelle de 500 ml, #66695. Rousse foncé, mince collet. Arome boisé et caramelisé réchaufant, un peu fruité. Goût un peu réchaufant de petits fruits et de caramel, assé bien mais elle serait meilleur vieilli.