thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy mahogany into an English pint. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bread, roasted nuts and pit fruit aromas. Slick, thick and sweet with hot toffee, caramel and bananas flambe front to back and through the lasting mildly bitter earth finish. Yummy.
Rune (10662) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, No. 55112, beer gift from Leif, thanks. Frothy, off-white head reduced to a patchy surface. First pour is near-clear, apricot coloured, the last pour is cloudy. Dotted spots to the glass. Herbal and leafy hops to the nose mingled with mid-sweet malts. Fine taste of ripe fruits alongside citrus freshness added by honey sweetness leading to a long-lived dry, bittersweet ending. Sherry notes to the aroma and taste profile, as well. Soft and fresh on the swallow. Another well balanced Fuller’s brew (at home, Tromsø 18.05.2013).
Beer5000 (5721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber body with a decent off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt with a hint of oxidation. Flavor is sweetish caramel malt, some fruit and a bit harsh bitterness, not bad but not as elegant as the other vintages. Medium body and slightly more bitter aftertaste than other vintages.
olio (8793) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014
50 cl bottle. Bottle No. 13873. BBE 12/2011.
Lots and lots of ripe fruits on this one, very sweet and plum-y. Faint bitter malty kick at the end, otherwise smooth palate with a soft carbonation. Toffee seems to have vanished almost completely leaving only ripe fruits and malts behind, some caramel on the aftertaste. Still in okay shape.
Rating for this aged bottle: 7-4-7-4-15.
50 cl bottle. Bottle No. 34018. BBE 12/2011.
Some weird berry notes have appeared on the aroma, not as syrupy sweet as it was fresh. Toffee is the dominant flavor, with caramel and malts. Somewhat rounder taste now. Probably wont improve from this, but I’ll cellar another one for some few years just for curiosity’s sake.
Rating for this aged bottle: 7-4-8-4-16.
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090404.
Pours clear dark copper color with a minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, mild alcohol notes, toffee and sugary syrup. Flavor of ripe fruits, sweet malts, caramel, toffee and resin. Nice warming alcohol burn at the end. Very nicely balanced and tasty brew.
Koelschtrinker (15757) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herb würziger Antrunk, malzig, leicht nach Schokolade. Süßlich würzig, etwas brotig. Hell, etwas zuckrig, erdig. 9/13/12/12/12/12
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is ruby, dark amber. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice notes, malt and hops. Nice and sweet finish. Full bodied.
imdownthepub (12680) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 500ml (No. 54004) from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Tawny brown with off white head. There is a heady alcohol aroma to this, quite like Slivovitz Plum Brandy in character. The fruity theme follows into the beer, strong alcohol notes, plum, quite fiery and warming. There is little bitterness, the depth is all alcohol led, still a very decent beer though.
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, 2nd of the cellared Fulers I pulled this week. Same tawney colored clouded look, small off white cap with fair retention, modest effervescence. Aroma is a fantastic amamlgum of sweet malts, fruits, musty teaty tones and some vanilla undertones. Flavor is pure deight - mellow, rounded fully blended omplexity of malts, hops and yat products - malty, caramel, vanilla, nuts, spice - wonderful - extremely drinkable. wished I put down more of this.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber brew, slight head. Nose is toffee, caramel, grassy and floral hops. Some oxidation but adds something to the flavor - caramel and grass.
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - This bad boy has been sitting in the cellar for years, then the fridge for the last 6 months--finally got to it. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Nose is fruity and yeasty, with sweet bready malt and tons of honey. Taste is sweet, but not cloying sweet--honey sweet. Lots of mellow breadiness, a touch of nuttiness, and some grape/port notes. Big and full with medium carbonation. Didn’t realize this would be as fruity and drinkable as it was, but color me impressed. Makes me wish I would have bought a couple of these!