jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no 21582. Amber with a tan head. Sweet smell of caramel and fruit, with some hops. Sweetish flavor with slight bitterness. Medium bodied.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with a slight tan head. Big malty and caramel nose. Taste was sweet malty and caramel balanced with earthy hops. There were notes of herbal tea and some bitterness. Another strong effort by Fullers.
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle from GM Liquors. Bottle #135362 BB2011. Nose of black cherries, caramel, and some flowery hoppiness. reddish copper with a medium straw head. Flavor is light bitterness, llight sweetness, fruity notes, and some light toffee notes. Finish is a combo of light pit fruits and light bitterness.
cgarvieuk (16258) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle (39363)at home Nov 08 ... copper ... light yeast malts ... ligth bitterness ...light fruit ... just a bid dull. .. 3.3
Bottle 59503 (04/10) at home ... light copper ... ovaltine malt nose ... little wishy washy ... little soapy lemon ... again ovaltine malts ... and more citrus fruits. 3.5
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Bottle No. 23973. A clear red/amber colored beer, wit thick beige head. The aroma is mild sweet, caramel, fruits like apricot and English hops. The taste is enjoyable bitter, fruits like citrus and apricot and hops. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is warm and has a long bitterness.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. #142561. Ruby beer with a cream colored head. Spicy, dark fruit aroma with sweet malt. Dark fruit, earthy, caramel flavor with toffee and light treacle. Medium bodied. Sweet malt lingers with a dusty/earthiness and dark fruit.
jcwattsrugger (11337) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, earthy/herbal (English) hops. Taste is rich medium malt-caramel, spice/earthy/herbal (English) hops. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one.
yespr (33728) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cL bottle, #32425. Pours clear, golden orange with a one finger thick and off-white head. Aroma is hoppy at first, followed by a mild fruity note. Smooth caramel malty with a nice set of fruit notes. Somewhat hoppy too. Smooth caramel and bitter finish, nicely balanced.
rosenbergh (7890) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 500 ml bottle (#34340). Finland.
Hazy apple juice with thin beige head.
Sweet toffee/caramel aroma. Very sweet flavour. Some (warming) alcohol also present.
500 ml bottle. Bottle #12056. Courtesy of lusikka. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
Clearish dark amber colour with a small frothy off-white head.
Some medicine, dark fruits, mild hops, mild berries and a lot of sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is sweet caramel, sugar, mild hops, mild bitterness, malt and fruits. This doesnít taste like a 6 years old one. Could I say this is fresh...?
Sammy (9249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Shows promise with bitterness, malt and barley. Not astringent at all. Good drinking and should be a smooth one in a few years. Great white head on brown.Above average mouthfeel. Had 7 years later and like a well aged American strong. Low tasty bitterness and like a barleywine.