DerWeg (1492) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
O my! This is nice stuff... gutsy, deep balanced flavors and almost lemony hops. It hangs on almost like a BW. Deep caramel and nutty malt flavors. Intentionally excessive solidity. A beer that promises to hold on & deliver a lot more.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than last year. The challenger acts as the sheriff in what could be an unruly ale. The finish is nuttier than anticipated but works wonderfully. Perfect balance. Perfect colour and head.
Eirikur (369) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ale is soo naked. no masking at all, way too much alcaholic taste, otherwise, its complex and has all the bells and whistles .
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki). Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, toffeeish along with quite evident nuttyness and zest. Flavour is hoppy, nutty with some mild spices and licorice. Alcohol gives a huge sweet peak towards the finish. Aftertaste is raisins, mild alcohol, some flowery hops as well as spices. This already tastes very promising for cellaring.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 01/02/2009. 500ml boxed bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Rose gold. A hint of autolysis and hop, rich malt, a little nut and autumn fruit, balancing bitterness. Spicy warming finish. Simple. Divine. The magnificence of malt is so under-rated on this side of the planet. Iím heading out to buy some more.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle #03645 - Pours a nice cloudy orange, very thick off-white head that never left and clung to the glass for itís life. Prunes, plums, raisins, bread, burnt caramel all come out to me in the aroma; sadly, the remnants of a cold are probably costing me the full experience. Lots and lots of alcohol in the flavour, but itís not overwhelming. Balanced nicely amongst all those notes promised in the aroma alongside a heavy dose of malty sweetness. Something astringent hits the tongue but itís pleasant enough. Very enjoyable.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fullers Vintage Ale 1/26/09 (bottle. Pours clear orange with a soapy, cream-colored head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, champagne, baking soda and cream soda. Palate is smooth and lightly carbonated. It remains surprisingly light through the mid-palate, finishing dry. Flavor begins on a caramel malt note with some nuttiness. Finishing touches include back-of-the-tongue tartness, tea and apple juice. Overall, flavor is attractive, yet underwhelming. Fullers has created a beer that might age well, but tastes simple right now.
nick76 (4209) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is rich and sweet with malt, caramel, light fruit, alcohol, lemon, and vanilla. The appearance is amber with a small but foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but very alcoholic even for a beer at 8.5%. The palate is a little thin but OK. Even though this beer has some good qualities the whole is not better than the sum of the parts.
ilovedarkbeer (2233) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a glowing yet hazy amber color with pink highlights. Nose is very sweet with notes of toffee, caramel, sweetbread, and a bit of booze. Taste is about the same with additional citrus flavors and a raisiny finish. Not bad but I think that this one either needs some time or is just not as impressive as past vintages. Decent mouthfeel but alcohol is present which makes it more of a sipper.
Taverner (1088) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too sweet! I liked 2007 because it was drier. This one has the leathery malt profile, but too much sugar. Not much hops or anything else. Decent, but too sweet.