yumyum (210) - 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
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a nice orangy amber with a slight off white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing. aroma of burnt caramel, slight orange with some alcohol. flavor is of dried fruit and toffee with some toasty undertones. alcohol is present but not overwhelming. im looking forward to re-rating this a year from now...and a year after that with the ones im cellaring.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a couple bottles of the 2006 vintage. One to drink now and one in 2011. Canít wait. Anyhow, as for the younger, just drunk version: It poured with a nice frothy, off-white head, had a shining garnet color and great lacing. It simply looked stunning in my snifter. The aroma was heavy with light, roasted, bread-like malt, and a slight hop balance. Then of course there were the spices; the pepper, allspice, and even a hint of honey. Lastly but not leastly, the taste was quite impressive with raisins, heavy roasted malt, spice, and a bit of rye. It was quite thick, and full bodied, but when slowly sipped, went down quite easily. Enjoyed with a nice Acid Blondie cigar and same aged sharp cheddar; a better combination is hard to imagine.
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.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a tall bone white head. Smells a bit of oak and malt. Taste of oak, allcohol, earthy.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 This is probably among the the best beers I have ever had. It was four years old when I had it, and 4 years definitely did the trick for this one. Having tasted several Vintage Ales of several volumes during these past years, this for some reason turned out to be exceptional. It is amazing how this beer managed to be so dark, roasty, herby, and deep, and at the same time, it had the twang of english bitters with twists of fruit, caramel.. The composition is unbelievably rich and complex. I do not know why, but this 2006 was much darker than the other ones Iíve tasted, even the 2002. In addition to the colour, the complexity was just on another level, which is pretty amazing considering how high standard they are to begin with. The situation and serving was also spot on which made the whole experience near perfect. It is hard to think of where to take points off since it was truly inner balanced.
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 84833. Pours a pretty metallic milk chocolatty brown with a small off white head. Sweet and malty with a hoppy finish. Heavy malt imparts a heavy mouth feel. I enjoyed this but it didnt really seem aleike to me. More stout like with the heavy malt flavor. I will buy one more (if i can) and keep it stored for a few years to see if it gets better.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle number 78383. Drank on February 23rd, 2008. Pours a transparent sienna with a decent pale yellow head. The aroma is very caramelly with some light citric notes, such as apples or pears. There is a slight leathery smell accompanied with hints of toffee. The mouth-feel is quite viscous and a bit creamy with some decent carbonation. Caramel and toffee seem to be abundant in the flavour making it somewhat sweet, but not overbearingly sweet. Hops have a good presence as well throughout the entire tasting but seem to burst a little more in the finish. Citrusy flavours, however, are very subdued. Citrus seems to be more evident in the finish, thoughóoranges and pears. Overall, if I had to sum up this beer in one word, itíd be "balanced." There arenít any overbearing flavours. Everything seems to be pretty level. Even the bitterness in the finish is pretty level. Itís quite an enjoyable beer to just sit back, relax, and read a good book while drinking. Now all I need is a recliner and a fireplace to fully enjoy such an experience.
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
No 39172. Aroma is like fresh toast with a mild fruitiness. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a moderate, lacy head. Flavour is deep and complex, starting slightly sweet and woody, and moving to a spicy sweetness which changes to a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel and level of carbonation is perfect. Quite nice, especially for the winter.
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours a deep amber with an off white head. Pretty decent head retention and a bit of delicate lace. The aroma is like the smell after the first bite into a fair-fresh caramel apple; however, the smell does not match the taste. It is not sweet--it is citrusy, spicy, and hoppy amd extremely dry. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, and the aftertaste has an unpleasant citrusy zest that borderlines on tasting like my Clinique Happy. Perhaps I would enjoy this more in the summer with a spinach salad with a lemon vinaigrette, but it does not suit me well for a nightcap.