Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Odeed for this. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little residual hop aroma and some sweet toffee notes. Light lemon rind, toffee, bread yeast, and just a pinch of phenolic character. Quite a bit of rough bitterness and some fusels make me wish I would’ve laid this down for another year. Then again, with what I’m tasting - my particular bottle probably wouldn’t hold up. A bit rough on the finish with more fusel character coming to the forefront along with the general "green" character of the bottle. I’d say, if you have a bottle lay it down for another year and see how it turns out.
Dacrza (571) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: January 11, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: Golden Globes and an ice delay--good combo... APPEARANCE: dark brown opaque body that holds a decent off-white head; lacing dissipates quickly; heads ends in a swirl... AROMA: musty, winy, grapelike funk that yawn with cinnamon, currants, malts and some vodka fumes (?!)... PALATE: impressively mellow, unsurprisingly warming and full-bodied; promises to be a night in a bottle ...TASTE: dry with raisins and grapes, currants and some subtle flowery hops; malts push an equally persuasive base--formidable... OVERALL: a complex, thick, demanding beer that cellared well--eight years in the maintaining!--that is perfect for a night of awards and bad weather...
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet dark fruity good cellar like hoppy aroma. Very good filling mouthfeel. Sweet bit yeasty very nice dark fruity flavour with bitter hops, alcohol and well toasted caramel. Port wine like beer. Good well balanced strong ale.
alliance100 (890) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours a cloudy medium brown , , Fruity bready aromas . Taste is a bit boozy , but palate is very smooth . Very good .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, massive thanks to Fin for digging this one out for me #85518.
Lightly hazed amber with a good sized off white covering that eventually thins to a swirl.
Nose is figgy jam, dark fruit mash up, demerera sugars, tobacco, light sherry notes.
Taste comprises prunes, dates, fruit cake, leather armchair, candied sugars, caramel fudge, hint sherrification.
Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, sweetish closure.
Solid stuff and still holding up well at 7 years although not the best vintage I’ve sampled.
humlelala (1060) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50 cl bottle courtesy of fiulijn; cheers mate! Bottle #68168) Pours a cloudy amber with creamy, white head that fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and a bit of lace along the sides of the glass. Poor regeneration. Initial aroma has some oxydised notes but they seem to leave quickly along with the head leaving room for notes of dried fruit, flowers and honey. Full-bodied on the palate, soft carbonation, oily texture and a nicely balanced slightly bitter finish that lingers. Flavour generally follows the nose with more fruit, less oxydation and the previously mentioned bitterness in the finish making it quite pleasant to drink. Alcohol is nicely masked. Considering that the hops used are not among my favourites I think this beer is quite a successful brew.
Johnsense (910) - - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking fantastic right now. Caramel colour, small head. Aroma is deadly, lots of fruit, leather. Plum, Raisin, Caramel, Leather, Dried dark fruits. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Bottle 128.
PriorL (2422) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, nice stable off white head.
NOSE: sweet, fruity, nice hoppy.
TASTE: fruity, sweet, caramel, needs more time!
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky caramel color; light bubbles up top leave soapy foam on my glass. Smells caramely, tastes oaky sweet. Aged booze for sure. Tastes a bit dark & bitter, still some booze at the end. Falls short of Lees Harvest & Thomas Hardy.
Nisse666 (4679) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thx to ekstedt cons 2013-10-26 Göteborg
AR: medicine, roasted malt
AP: dark ruby orange, wee crème beige head
F: roasted malt, medicine, marsipan,