CamdenD (1177) - 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 (11399) - 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 (375) - 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.
thb (799) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very unusual tasting beer. Very fruity, with distinct maraschino cherries. Some sherry-esque notes. Grapey. Almost a bit of balsamic vinegar (but not the acidic part!). Subtly carbonated, relatively thin/smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, but definitely not cloying. Nothing outstanding, but definitely an experience.
imdownthepub (12910) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 500ml (no. 63156) from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Orange amber with no head. This was flat unfortunately. Initially, malty, fruity, quite sweet, then it is overtaken with quite a spiced note, more pronounced than previous versions of this than I remember, quite peppery with a hint of curry powder. Because of the lack of condition there is no real finish to it, itís over and you take the next sip. Itís ok, but certainly not the best vintage.
Scopey (11957) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is sweet tinned fruit - nectarine, melon, orange and pear and some fruit cake. The taste is sweet tinned fruit, wood, leather, spice, dust and sherry, with a dry, warming finish. Some decent bitterness there too. Full body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Good balance. If you have one of these, drink it now!
EdKing (2357) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny amber almost clear. Nose is bit of sherry, sweet barley malt, orange marmalade. Taste has all the usual characteristics: sherry, caramel, orange marmalade, sweet barley grain, citrous peel, but thereís a crispness to this from the hops and a touch of dryness and bitterness. This is at its best in my opinion. Lighter and less cloying.
VertBaconStrips (2300) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still not sure why Iíve waited this long to even drink one of these... strange. Poured out a clear light orange amber brew with a decent sized bubbly light tan head that settles as a cover and leaves nice ropy lacing that slowly slides back down. 13 mins in to the Oilers v Blues game the oil are being outshot 18-1.... go oil. The nose is quite citrusy for this type of brew with oranges sticking out the most. Caramel is there and a bit of a herbal scent, a hint of biscuit maybe.. not sure. There is not a lot of complexity but some good depth for sure. Iím still impressed with the candy orange aroma. Tasty stuff with a good citrus bite and solid fruit taste with a surge of bitterness that fades quickly from its full strength but lingers for a while. Good spices that border on pepper, a bit of alcohol.. Iíve picked up a background earthy aroma.... more taste: tiniest of chocolate, plum, random fruit mix, you know... I think my taste buds have gotten bored and quit. Itís definitely not an exciting beer but it does taste good... just wish there was a more going on. Orange at the very front of the flavour set. OK carbonation, medium bodied, light dulling spice finish and a light coating on the mouth. If I have another bottle Iím going to let it sit for about 3 yrs before I get to it.
Meilby (10865) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 550ml #18172 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy deep amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.