Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, LCBO, 7683. Cellar temperature. Nice copper pour, small wispy white head. Aroma is fairly mild - alcohol, very sweet malt, caramel, some biscuit. Taste features alcohol first, then some surprising amount of hops. Lots of sweet caramel in the middle and a very nice slow alcohol burn in the finish. This one is very straightforward and probably the simplest of the last 5 years fresh. Lets see how it ages! I’ll be re-rating 2004-2007 soon to see how they aged.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classy bottle from the LCBO. Bottle number 29200. Pours your typical ruby ESA, with a small beige head. Aroma is very nice, figs, earthy hops, big blend of various malts, maybe some fruity candy like stuff, figs seem to feature most prominently to me. They are nice. The flavour is very subtle, something I can appreciate, not as sweet as I was expecting, but malty nonetheless. Well balanced with some dry astringency in the finish probably from the hops. Again, those figs, but with an awesome malt backbone. Very nice fuller mouth feel. Not much sign of the ABV. I will have to buy some more to put away for a while as this baby is obviously meant to be aged in order to gain much complexity. Still, a good one to drink even now.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #12910. Dark amber/ruby. Vinous smell. Flavour is spicy of red fruits and cloves, a bit on the sweet side. Some port in the finish
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle, no. 95093. Brillliant amber colored body, low greyish head. Sugary malt aroma with apricot notes, and whiffs of caramel, bread and alcohol. Taste is sugary malts, alcohol and a some mild spices. Light-bodied. Feels watered down in the mouth. Not bad, high expectations only.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a fluffy tan foma. Wooddy, earthy hops in the aroma with notes of caramel, fudge, herbs, toasted malts and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of nuts, earth, herbs, fudge and alcohol. Solid and rather smooth mouthfeel. Earthy and nutty hops in the long finish with notes of grass, nuts and alcohol
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with minimal head. Aroma is very fruity with apricot and lighter tones, along with a strong smell of honey Honey and sweet fruit preside in the flavor as well, with an impressive mouthfeel for a lighter traditional ale. Very nice.
PMgep (73) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[500 ml bottle] Coper color, with an aroma of hops and honey. Flavor is sadly a bit weak but sweet with honey and hops.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of brown sugar, almonds and alcohol. Rich flavor of toffe, brandy and dried fruit with a sting of alcohol.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle(134797) picked up at BevMo, Mission Valley. Deep amber in color upon pouring. Somewhat sweet aroma. Some candy sugar and alcohol are present. Flavor is fairly rich with subtle sweetness and dark fruits. Decent hop character as well. Alcohol isn’t too bad this year. Tasty.
omhper (18350) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>Bottled. </i> Dark brownishamber, rich but fairly brief head. Surprisingly hoppy with lots of mango. Sweet and fruity, full bodied with caramel and marzipan. Notes of brandyand molasses. Warming finish with medium bitterness. The best Fullers vintage I can remember.