superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into snifter; 2008 vintage, Bottle #113845. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, pear, apple, plum, raisin, fig, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
cfrancis (2689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dirty brown with a small white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is fruity and sweet malts with some light citrus hops. Taste is syrupy, sweet caramel and fruity malts. Itís rich and still some alcohol but it balances well and a small orange or citrus hops still present but very faint.
Johnsense (982) - - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky caramel coloured pour, fast disappearing head. Still a bit of booze in the aroma and taste, and a very slight metallic quality. Still, lots of dried dark fruit, raisin, plum, caramel. Was good but the 2007 at the same tasting was a step above. Will gladly come back to this one in a year or so.
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium offwhite head. Clear deep dark red body with lazy
carbonation. Linoleum and old books aroma with orange marmalade
notes. Sweet-dryish dried fruit and caramel taste with honey and
spicy linoleum notes. Mid-to-full body. Mild, smooth mouthfeel
with slight heat. Dryish honey and dried fruit aftertaste with
old books, spice, and port notes. Lingering old books and port
flavour with buttery notes. Very harmonic, scarily drinkable,
and just very, very good. (0.5l bottle from ... I forget where.
Wife loved the aroma, but hated the taste.)
andrepintado (1909) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle thanks to Scopey! Color is dark copper, head is thin to medium. Body is very smooth. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Aroma is orange, alcohol, liquor, caramel, cinnamon.
anthony850 (356) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich fruity taste very smooth and creamy . Aged for five years.
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Fin (8268) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery website & consumed at Merton Beer Festival Meeting next door at Nick & Annaís (next door) Tuesday 3rd December 2005 Pours amber its a little hazy with an off- white head. Fruity and nutty on the nose, little bit of tea, sweetness clings, some sweet overipe tangerine, thick in the mouth, slight late fruity twang. I like this, touch chewy, good. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9
PokeyKahn (2) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Get this if you see it. Not cheap but worth a go. Smooth and delicious. Nuf said.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my cellar, autumn 2013.
Glowing ruby. Malty sweet. Soft, no edges. Nuts, malt, the well known Fullerís charater. Over the top.
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Feb 2012 Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting. Sweet. Toffee. Too sweet. A bit dull, but still drinkable. Iím starting to struggle here as we get to the end of these fairly strong beers.