jhwarfield (125) - USA - FEB 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. London. Pours amber to brown with white head that quickly disipates to little head. Toasted almonds flavor with nice balanced hops flavor. Silky smooth on the palate.
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ekstedt & friends. Hazy amber, very light beige head. Honey, raisin, port and caramel to the nose. Sweetish. Soft, round mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opened this last night thanks to my buddy Jesse! Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thin off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma is bready and citrusy. Flavor is subtle hints of orange, pear, caramel, and leather. Four years really rounded out the flavors into a very complex, delicious beer with a velvety smooth texture and nice aftertaste! I feel like I should have drank this with a good book and a pipe in front of a fireplace! Really well-crafted and balanced! Excited to crack open my 2008 in the next couple years.
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.
brunnsbe (68) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 44662 (if I remember right). This is the tenth vintage ale brewed by Fullerís. The aroma is very delicate with nuts and some alcohol. The foam is nice and the colour is copper-red.
It tastes like it was brewed to be kept in a cellar for at least a couple of years because there are no raw hops sticking out and the ageing will make it more oily and wine-like.
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.
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a pretty tawny red color into a tulip glass with an exceptional head that stuck around.
Initial burst of malty sweetness, followed by a warming, bitter alcohol flavor that complimented the sweetness.
Smooth all the way down.
tkhans (50) - Bangor, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice beer. canít wait for the next one I like the balance between porter and a somewhat sharper ale that kicks you in the backside
vanrassel (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Bottle #54196. Looking at my notes from a review of a fresh bottle of í06, it appears I preferred this one before it aged.
Caramel malt flavours dominated the taste, and seemed to eat into any complexity or additional flavour the hops might have initially imparted.
Aging definitely took a bit off the alcoholic burn and it was smooth going down with a crisp finish.
driver76 (29) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted Dec 2010 - Excellent age
Light malts, more hops and wood than the 2005
Smooth distinct flavours, sweet malts and sharp hops play off each other nicely. Wood and hops linger in the finish.