swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no. 29248. deep copper pour. rich malt aroma, notes of whiskey & oak, barleywine like richness, pronounced booziness. immediate hints of oak upon drinking, richnes of the malts linger for awhile. well & ballanced & quite good
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from tupalev. pours reddish/brown with a tan head. aroma of decayed pale malt, leather, wood. flavour; chewy fruits upfront, haevy pale malt, lingering bitterness. complex for its simple construction. thx for the bottle jeff!
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from regional. Pours a reddish orange, thin tan head.
Aroma has some vodka-like alcohol, overridden by a caramelly malt, a hint of orange rind, marmite, bready maly.
Flavour is somewhat bitter, mainly from alcohol. Some earthy hop, very nice full body. I find a strong orange rind flavour, a hint of spice. Finish is quit bitter, alcoholic, warm.
A subtle beer, with strong flavours.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber with creamy, beige head. Caramel and herbs. Heather. Fruit. Raisin. Alcohol in aftertaste.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted with and on behalf of Donfardz64 and Demise :) ....
On the nose: A caramel malt dominates. Some herb notes, crisp apple with other simple fruit. Floral notes, some yeast.
Flavours: Much less sweet than a 2008. A little more complexity in the bitterness. Not just alcohol, but possibly some hops. Still kind of cloying and hard to drink .
Bragesnak (5084) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with off-white head. Aroma of malt, red berries and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, alcohol and fruit
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - JUL 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 35320. Dried fruits and light barley wine-touch in the nose as it is poured. Nice white foam which settles slowly and sticks to the innerface of the glass. A clear yeasty note is to be found along with the caramel malts. The alcohol burden is vaguely present. Good beer though not my favourite style.
Cirrhosis (1145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #64168 Body of the brew appears dark ruby red with honey brown elements the tan reduced quickly to a skiff but the skiff hangs around for a while. Aroma is a strong woody alcohol but this faded quickly to almost no aroma, toffee malts start to appear when the beer warms closer to room temp the smell was good just not all that strong. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with no lingering after taste. Nice malty flavor with a bitter finish, wood, alcohol, and some metallic flavors all come through. Iím getting a lot of rye and vanilla in the finish. Taste is getting sweeter as it warms with milk chocolate notes coming through. Enjoyable with a tasty flavor and was cellared perfectly in a box under my bed.
douglas88 (5151) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thanks to ibrew2or3 for this bottle number 89053. I really enjoy these Fullers vintage. Pours a beautiful reddish amber hue with a large foamy and sticky white head. The aroma is very complex; super sweet sherry and port, yeast, alcohol burns the nose, a rich spicy bread mixed with sweet rum, lots of things to enjoy. The flavor is also quite nice; rich burnt caramel, sweet sherry, light alcohol warmth, lots of yeast and fruity flavors. Very enjoyable for what it is; a sipper and perfect warmer beer. Still quite hot after three years.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 29/05/2009. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. A tasty drop... caramel, woody spice, a little heirloom orange and a long complex finish with just the right bitterness. Classic. Like Old 95 of old with a dash of Thomas Hardy. Aged nicely... get into it now.