MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 110817. Poured a honey brown color with a thick beige head. Full rich yeasty, malty, brown sugar, bread aroma. Flaor is perfectly melded with dark fruit and yeast. Not as hot as the earlier versions it seems. Alcohol is quite subdued perhaps due to the young age of this one. Really a nice beer and the best of the 4 year vertical I had.
SaintMatty (5114) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle - Amber with lively carbonation and a foamy head. Rich and enticing vinous aroma with notes of dried fruit, hops, whisky and fruit cake. Nicely balanced taste with notes of spicy malt, hops and notes of raisins, caramel and citrus.
ContemplateBeer (1507) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raisin, almonds, toffee, resiny hops and a tough of curacao. Appearance is ruddy brown\red with tan head. Flavor matches the nose; the hops round out the finish. Palate is creamy and lively. Very nice, and my favorite of the series so far.
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, three years in the cellar. Snifter. Copper colour, no head. Wonderful aroma: fresh fig, raisin, candy sugar, very sweet and fruity. Full bodied and thick. Malt forward flavour of dark fruit. More fig, toasted malt, caramel, raisin, date. Booze has mellowed. Maybe a slight hint of tobacco in there. Finish is very long with dark fruity malt. Superb.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, amber colored brew. Aroma of dried fruits, some hops. Flavor has a good amount of maltyness, dried fruits, caramel, spices and a slighty burned, roasted finish. Boozy, portlike character in the end.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Brown, hazy. Disappearing head.
Nose: sweet caramel, toffee.Round.Fruity.
Mouthfeel:Soft, full, round.
Flavor: Nicely sweet, spicy, toffee. Alcoholy aftertaste. A good beer.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at friendís house, thanks Nimrod, super rich malt, very rich caramel, orange jam, very bisquity, honey, weak roasted notes, light hoppy bitterness all the way through, a real treat, a malty masterpiece.
rougeau13 (1978) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, #137951. A few of these just showed up on the shelf at Specs recently, and I happened to spot it. Hazy caramel colored ale, nice and thick. Smells of caramel and fruity maltiness. Tastes like caramel and some fruit and alcohol with significant hops up front and more malt coming through in the aftertaste. Nice overall, not my favorite, but Iím glad I got to try it.
yngwie (13224) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 18172. A dark golden beer topped by a small, beige head. Alcohol, dried fruits, dark sugar and some honey hints on the nose. The flavor is lightly alcoholic and sugary, with a pleasant bitterness. Warming, full-bodied and nicely carbonated. A bit rough and sugary this one, but quite nice anyway. Rating: 6-3-7-4-13-3.3. 120106
Bottle. A slightly hazy, golden beer topped by a small off-white head. The aroma is a pleasant mix of fruity, peachy hops, port like alcohol notes and maltyness. Thereís some caramel in the flavor, and a nice bitterness, else itís much like the aroma. Full-bodied and warming, with a dry, bitter finish where thereís some roasted like notes. A lovely one. 100115
gunnfryd (10275) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is oxidation, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is oxidation, roasted malt, caramel, alcohol. Full body. Nice beer.