TheJester (1690) - 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 hadnít 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 (465) - 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 youíll ever have had from any brewer, anytime, anywhere. Maybe better. Just spectacular.
BlackHaddock (3164) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle # 103559.
Iíve been saving this for a few years: tonight is the night!
Poured slowly into my íAbbot Aleí 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 Iíve 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 (2403) - 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
KM (300) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice amber body, with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma, honey, berries. Strange flavour, some sweetness, light bitter finish (and some chocolate cake too). Can feel some alcohol flavour. (At home (bottle bought in a great beer shop in Amsterdam in Dec 2008), 19.10.2012)
zacgillbanks (1741) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Bottle from Tesco, Hexham; Beer Ritz, Leeds; UtoBeer. 2007 Vintage: Drank on 2014-01-11 Aged for 7 years, hazy orange-amber coloured with sweet oak and vanilla flavours, red fruit and orange with a slight aged, leather and sweet red fruity finish; Drank 2011-08-02. Dark cloudy brown in colour with a rich warming caramel, oak and vanilla flavour with whisky notes and a creamy red fruity finish. Superb!
CamdenD (1054) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The 2007 was a bit of a ílet-downí compared to the 2004, despite its younger age. The íspicy hop notesí had died down a bit in the 3 years of aging, but still the delicate strength of Fullers beers comes through. This series is incredible interesting and again, my hat is tipped to Fullers, they donít íneed to do this.í
DSG (4922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks Vladimir. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness, some oxidation and a bit of fruits. Sweet malty flavor, honey-ish, a bit biscuity and fruity. Finishes slightly drier and alcoholic. Medium-bodied.
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At a tasting in Nimrod Rosenblatt house in Haifa during a blind tasting, bottle no. 76552 (Tenth Anniversary), pours very cloudy brown color with off-white head that dissipates quickly, slightly sparkling, smoked and slightly hoppy aroma, sweetish, very malty and caramel taste, flows, alcoholic and smoked aftertaste, overall an outstanding beer.
jvhemert (305) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: basement aromas, earthy, leather, fruity, woody
APPEARANCE: amber, cloudy, frothy quickly disappears
TASTE: lightly bitter, light sweetness
PALATE: full body, thick feel, lively, long finish
OVERALL: interesting full-bodied beer, found the yeast a bit overpowering, gets close to a Belgian strong ale.