Beer5000 (5323) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Deep golden body with a fine off-white head. Weak aroma of caramel malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, fruity with a light but delicate bitter edge, some yeast and a hint of warming alcohol. Very smooth and nice with more subtle flavors.
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Gift from Neko-chan. Tasted in a flight with 2009, 2010, and 2011 vintages. Very small nose. Sweet, rich caramel and apple. A touch of orange in mid and final. Maybe a little oxidized. Good.
olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101126.
Pours clear mahogany color with a minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, some toffee, sweet malts and some alcohol notes. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits, toffee, mild alcohol and some resin notes. Nice.
daad (109) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really nice taste and aroma, this is a good thing to drink. [short review due to it coming from my backlog]
Koelschtrinker (14127) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Würziger Beginn, leicht honigartig. Würzig, rund, geringe Süße. Schmeckbarer aber eher unwichtiger Hopfen. Rundes, zum Ende etwas trockenes Bier. 11/12/12/12/12/12
pootzboy (1673) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pulling my vintage Fullers vintage from the cellar this winter. This is the first of several that have a year or more cellaring on them. Pours a clouded amber with a small cap.
Pleasant aromas of caramel, dark dried fruits. some earthiness and light grassiness. Aging gave the favors wonderful amalgam - treacle,figs,caramel,light hop bittering - long silken melow finish. Great sipping on a cold winter night. Had this with some Munster cheese and rye bread.
TheJester (2251) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noticed I hadn’t reviewed this vintage, so I dug one out of the cellar. 500 mL bottle. Muddy copper with a small beige head. The aroma is fairly standard BSA. The flavour began with some earthiness, followed by sweet, then surprisingly, some booze at the end. Not as fruity as some of the other vintages - taste is a little thinner. To me, this one may have peaked a year ago.
zimbo (811) - SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle No 79844 Tenth Anniversary
Bottle nose showed some spikiness, roastiness, a touch of slight white pepper. Very very easy head, magnolia to beige. A copper oranginess with typical sparkles.
Body is medium to full, some sap, some glossiness. On the tongue there is banana, dried fruit and an almost whiskiness to it. Dried glace fruits, some brown sugar. So complex with a long dry end.
As good as any beer you’ll ever have had from any brewer, anytime, anywhere. Maybe better. Just spectacular.
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle # 103559.
I’ve been saving this for a few years: tonight is the night!
Poured slowly into my ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard.
Nice looking brownbody with a red hue: on top a full, deep head of off-white foam.
Port like in aroma and intial taste: a rich fruit cake infused with Port and Vanilla. This is so good it frightens me. I only have this one bottle: nothing like any other British brewed beer I’ve had for many a year.
The flavours just keep coming and as the beer warms in the glass the aromasand taste change a little: Sherry replaces the Port, the Vanilla takes on a dark chocolate hint and caramel easters begin to appear. This is sweet and I like it.
Really, really inpressed. I hope my 2011 version is as good when I open that.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 52901. Poured amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma of Christmas cake dried fruit soaked in sherry. Smooth, creamy medium body, flavour of vanilla, sweet malt a bit of caramel