mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 55799. Pours a crystal-clear pale-reddish brown, with a small silky head. Aroma of toffee, coriander, slightly sweet. Very nice. Slightly vinous (dates?) very present toffee with very present hopping, lingering well into the aftertaste along with nuts & toffee. Reminds me of the ESB, but a few more unfermentables and more fruity. Peppery taste of Fuggles - Iím not as familiar with Styrian. Iím not sure if itís the hops or the optic malt, but thereís a slight grassy taste as well. Carbonation a bit intense - I will pour a big head next time and let some of the gas out. Overall, a wonderful complex beer, but in need of a few more years to mellow out.
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits.
Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is clear reddish amber with a tight bubbled off white head...smell is nutty and sweet with caramel, molasses, pepper, and hints of alcohol...taste is probably one of the best for a fresh Vintage...nice sweet caramel and nutty flavors surround by a strong bitterness and lingering alcohol...age will help this more than the last several years vintages...actually I havenít had an 04 in about a year...maybe Iíll go chill one now...the finish is rugged and abrasive with strong bitterness and peppery flavors and hot with alcohol...this one will be an adventure...
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours a deep copper colour with a thin white head. Aroma is alcoholic, malty and slightly spicy. Noticeable alcohol and hoppy bitterness to taste with some caramel and peppery notes. I have tried the last few vintages when they are very fresh like this and of all of them this is probably the least impressive Ė itís brash and lacking that rounded sweetness from previous vintages.
yngwie (11782) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Clear golden with a nice off-white head. Malty aroma with alcohol and some hops. Malty flavor as well, with beef-stock and some hops. Full body and a finish with alcohol and sweetness. Not mature enough yet, but a promising beer. (061028)
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sharp, caramel malty, hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet finish. Iīll try it again next year and the bext year and ......
DuffMan (5828) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-red copper, slightly hazy with an initial large head that collapses to a thin pad. Nutty caramel aroma, sweet toffee palate, faintly fruity, and moderately bitter with some warming alcohol. Nice, but Iím glad I bought a second bottle to lay aside, as I think this will get even better in years to come.
presario (4441) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something about a limited selection, vintages and numbered bottles. I picked up 12. This rating is from the 1st bottle #61490. Full head sinks down to a thin lasting layer. Golden copper. Very light toffee aroma. Nice thick body. Almost tastes like a malty IIPA. Different from past years. Big alcohol and candy notes.
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. (forgot to write down the damn batch number). Clear red/brown in colour. It has a fluffy and foamy white head. The aroma is toffee like and there are malty and sour scents as well. The flavour is filling, malty and a bit bitter.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle No. 48877; BBE 2009) Toffee, alcohol and slightly roasted malty aroma. Amber colour, slightly hazy and average size, light brown, very slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Toffee, slightly fruity and very bitter flavour. Medium to full-bodied, softly carbonated, sticky and slightly alcohol (warming) palate. Very good strong ale! 08/10/06