Cirrhosis (1071) - 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 (4461) - Salt Lake City, Utah, 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.
garthicus (2336) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With sincere thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this vintage with me on his balcony pre-ballgame :-) Appearance: Visibly carbonated, murky brown/orange, small off white head. Aroma: Malty, somewhat metallic, sugar, caramel, wheat and summer fruit. Flavour: Quite malty, alcohol is not so present, caramel, almost íchewyí long dry finish.
illidurit (1629) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
06 vintage poured into a snifter. Epic ruby hue, perfectly clear with a big fluffy off-white head that leaves gobs of lacing. Aroma is boozy dark fruits and caramel/toffee with light accents of cherry cough drops and toast. Flavor is caramel with orange jelly and hints of cherry and wheat bread. The sweetness is somewhat tempered by an earthy hop note and a mild tannic character. Body is maybe a little thin for the wealth of flavors presented, but thereís no trace of alcohol and the carbonation, while subdued, is appropriate. Very good beer.
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber. Honey and butterscotch in aroma. First honey, maltier when warms up. Quite well balanced hops. Nice and promising, would like a re-taste later on.
pintbypint (1973) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 00ml brown bottle. Bottle # 54143. Dark golden brown pour, sizeable off white head. Good creamy sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet but powerful - notes of ripe apples, honey, oranges perhaps even a whiff of port. Light undertone of alcohol. Flavours are of honeyish malts, sweet citrus hops, a bit boozy. Finishes with lingering citrus bitterness which cuts the initial sweetness quite nicely. Medium body, lighter carbonation. Makes for a nice warming sipper suitable for colder temperatures.
yumyum (198) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very nice brew, pours deep amber with mimimal white head. On the nose is citrus and sweetness. The flavour I actually picked out is a spicy banana like taste with some raisin taste and lots of caramel and honey notes and a nice creamy maltiness which contributed to itís smoothness. Overall a good brew but the 2008 edition is getting a fair bit pricey. Overall an enjoyabe brew
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, small (04-06) vertical my dad and I had. Bottle number 75670. Pours a hazy brown with a medium white head leaving nice lacing on the sides. Aromas of wine, apples, toffee, and a little bit of bread. Creamy, and medium thick bodied. Finishes with a little bit of booze, and sweet malt notes.
SudsMcDuff (4675) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
had in a mini 3yr vertical ... better than the í05 ... nice sweet biuscuit malts ... very british ... off honey flavours .. some slight ages notes... fullers quality!