ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Clear deep amber with a small grey head. Prunes, red berries, pepper, licorice, wood, nuts and spices in the aroma. Full-bodied with notes of spices, berries, plums and peppery alcohol. Long medium-bitter finish of pepper, wood, red berries, prunes and licorice. It already possesses well-integrated flavour. Nice one
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, No. 07888. Bright copper colour with a mostly lasting frothy and creamy off-white head. Rich caramel aroma with toffee, woody, and leafy notes. Rich and smooth caramel, raisin, and light cherry flavours with a woody, fruity, and earthy bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and lightly chewy mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol sneask in at the end, but not much for an 8.5% abv beer. Pretty good, but not the world beater past vintages have been made out to be. Still, itís nice to have this available locally to be able to grab a couple more for the cellar.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a decent but short-lived creamy head. Aroma is at first quite alcoholic, but opens up into a lovely malty aroma with notes of light fruit (apricot, peach, etc.) Tastes surprisingly strong - scotch-like malting (lots of caramel) with plenty of alcohol and a lovely lingering & warming hoppy finish. Delicious! A bit sweeter than I was expecting, but with good hopping to balance - yet not as hoppy as 2006ís vintage. Body is low to moderately carbonated, not too thin but not particularly creamy. This beer will definitely benefit from a few years of aging, and I intend on stocking up. Very nice dessert beer, a real treat!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Bottle # 29396. Bright clear copper pour, large lasting frothy off-white head. Light caramel malt, alcohol and slightly soapy floral hops - lightly acidic and funky, very pleasant (almost a 7), although it seemed a little cooked-veg initially. Sweet light roast caramel malt, nice fresh grain, a nice little sting of alcohol, a hint of tangerine and smoke, good light UK hops framing it all. Average body, nice astringency, a little sticky on the lips, and a lingering alcohol presence stays with the malty linger. This oneís pretty much ready now - the alcohol may mellow a bit with age, but the malt and bitterness are restrained and seem to work well together. A nice drinking VA this year.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle
dyetube (1264) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep rich amber color with a medium tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are strong malt with a little spiceness as are the flavors. This is a fabulous beer! just go get one and drink it now!!
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Beautiful amber color; still. The aroma is simple. The mouthfeel is strong, with some good sweet malt, a bit oily, but nothing special. A bit warming. Powerful but not impressive.
A bottle is awaiting in the cellar, for better days...
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is earth, caramel, moderate to light hops. Medium bodied, some alcohol in the finish, somewhat sweet.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: very nice, reminiscent of yellow raisins. A very specific fruity/citrusy sourishness one more commonly finds in Belgian ale. Lovely, fresh hops, sweet, caramel malt. Hints of strawberry bon-bons and lime. Acorns.
Appearance: copper towards warm golden hue. Clear body. Yellowish fluffy head.
Flavour: begins with porridge and syrup. A sweet malty flavour that soon delves into some nice hop bitterness. A bit cloying unfortunately. Big, fruity and slightly funky. Roasted chestnuts. Vanilla & cherries.
Palate: very smooth. The body Iíd expect from a much heavier beer. Not bad at all.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 08394. Card in the box says 50,000 bottles in 2003 and now 150,000 in 2007. Rich lasting head on dark amber. Didnít realize the ABV till I sniffed the half empty glass. Aroma of alcohol, toffee and spice. Thick spicy body. Like a Christmas cookie. Heavy malt. Restrained hops, builds nicely, along with the alcohol, as the beer warms and as the you "work" through the glass. Very nice.