kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
it poured out golden oarnge with a semi white head that was partially bubbly. it laced around the glass and the head fell slowly but was rather thin to start out, probally would of lasted longer if i poured it just right. the flavour is immaculate. it is malty, but very hoppy but not to bitter or to sweet, the brewmaster knew what he was doing. the aroma is that of the forest after a good rain when plants are creating pollen in the spring, very nice. the flavour is full bodied and yeasty. its piny, citrusy, sweet, and bitter, my senses are going nuts. the alcohol content is hidden beatutifully with the right choice of hops and malts, and what ever yeast they used. nothing but great things to say about this brew, and now i have one in my beer cellar for some time to age.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange body with a thick light head. Very bubbly. Aroma is more consistent with that of a pilsner than an ale with quite a bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is also a bit sweet. Very easy to drink, but that is because the flavor is not to overwhelming with just a bit of bitter flavor. Carbonation is not as noticeable on the palate as expected from the appearance.
haggis03a3 (163) - Piedmont, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red copper color, a little cloudy, and a light tan, creamy head. Aroma: caramel, sweet, fruit, spices, cola. Full bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Some astringency and bitterness, flavor lingers.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500ml. Surprisingly light aroma, with sweet dried dark fruits coming through. Pours a clear dark coppery colour with a small off-white head. I know I should have waited, but I just had to try my first 2007. Unfortunately, I found it very sweet and syrupy; almost like an uncooked Christmas pudding mix (do you remember scraping out the mixing bowl after your Mum had decanted the mixture?). The alcohol is warming but overwhelming, at present. Iíve bought a case of the 2007 Vintage and I am sure that they will improve with age. I doubt whether I will be opening another bottle before Christmas 2008!
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When my family left England, they should have brought a case of this over. Granted they left in 1682, but Iím still faulting their lack of foresight.
Great big caramel nose, taste and finish. A lovely palate of dried fruits, maybe raisin. Lovely.
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle #05425. Pours bright amber with little to no head. Aroma is actually a bit malty, with a bit of a yeasty smell as well. Picked up on a bit of spices as well, almost like cinnamon. Flavour is spicy, and lacks the complexity I was expecting. Bitter clean finish. In truth, Iím quite disappointed with this. I suppose I will have to let this age a bit, but I remember the 2006 being significantly better even without aging.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle # 132656. Excellent pour with a foamy beige head and amber/orange transparent color. Decent lacing as head collapsed over 5 minutes or so. Slightly chemical aroma, but mostly just a pungent hop presence with hints at fruit/sweet. Flavor explodes in the mouth with sweetness, finishing with a light bitterness with some grainy flavors. Nice lingering finish. Fun beer to drink, but not what Iíd reach for first on my shelf.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While it is accepted this style needs time to age, this is a great vintage year. The nose and flavor are as balanced as the 2006 and still have years to mature. Not to mention this is the NY Giants Lucky Ale of Choice! Enjoy often, but save and cellar for next years run at the Super Bowl!!!
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ekstedt & friends. Hazy amber with a very light beige head. Notes of honey and caramel. Sweet taste. Rich mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ouch! Bitter, then sweet and rich. By Jove! I have to say Iím stumped by this one. Lady Crabapple was not too impressed; Iím afraid I might have to differ with her on this one. I rather liked it! I have had two bottles of this peculiar brew, but am saving four for a later date. I seem to recall that the 2006 was a little sweeter, a little less bitter. But Iím not at all sure. Well, I really enjoyed this, almost as much as the Coopers vintage ale!