daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, small brownish head. Aroma is sweet cakey notes, molasses, light oxidation, prunes. Flavor is is sweet, some good oxidation, raisins, port, pure cane syrup.
berkshirejohn (4534) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle #58812. A hazy amber pour with a white head, biloowing at first, but settling to a thin layer; orange marmalade aroma; rich orangey flavour with lots of mellow alcohol that leads to a dry, bready, and warming finish. This seems much drier than other vintages I’ve tried.
gunnfryd (10588) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, caramel. Nice beer.
rougeau13 (2003) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found a stray bottle at the Yellow Store in San Marcos. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, bread, and overall sweet fruitiness. Taste’s like bread covered in jelly with alcohol. Medium bodied, a little boozy, and smoothly carbonated.
boFNjackson (4137) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured amber, orange/redish with anthick forming, eggy head. Nice lacing and retention. A very sweet bs malty beer. Notes of old hops, and boozy characters espeicially in the finish. Some muskiness, caramel candy, toffee, earthy spice.
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is world’s better than the 2011 version - maybe if I’d had the patience to age that one for 4 years, it would have tasted more like this. This smells of tangerine without the tang, strong alcohol and hops. Carbonation is soft and sublime. There is some sweetness, blackcurrant-like and a hint of bitterness in the taste. Oakiness grow on the intake of air on the tongue after tasting. Wish I had more to say but I’m too busy enjoying the drink. Huge thanks to HogTownHarry for this one - the Mexican swag I gave him certainly didn’t merit this in trade.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, complex, fruity, strong, warming, and all around sublime. Delicious.
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 Bottle from Waitrose Newcastle (aged for 4 years before drinking). Dark amber with toffee apple and caramel flavours, sweet red fruity and vanilla notes with a very light sweet fruity finish. Superb!
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, tinned fruit (pear, melon, nectarine), brown sugar and spice. The taste is spice, fruit cake, alcohol warmth, leather, residual sweetness of tinned fruit, with a dry finish. Much dryer in the mouth and spicier than previous vintages tasted. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Good.
EdKing (1875) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle care of Chris O. Colour is tawny brown. Nose is the usual characteristics of orange marmalade, sweet malty barley grain, caramel, but there’s also some bready, doughiness in there which I’ve not detected in previous years. Taste is all of the above and it’s also quite crisp, some herbal bitterness and a dry finish.