solidfunk (7627) - 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 worldís better than the 2011 version - maybe if Iíd 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 Iím too busy enjoying the drink. Huge thanks to HogTownHarry for this one - the Mexican swag I gave him certainly didnít 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 (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 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!
Drank 2015-07-23, aged for approx. 7 years. A hazy copper coloured beer with a rich plum and blackcurrant flavour, toffee and malty notes followed by sherbet, oak and vanilla on the finish. After 7 years this is almost losing its freshness.
Scopey (12507) - 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 Chrisoís 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 (2391) - 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 thereís also some bready, doughiness in there which Iíve not detected in previous years. Taste is all of the above and itís also quite crisp, some herbal bitterness and a dry finish.
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy dark amber with an off white bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, candy, caramel, raisins, fidges, honey, floral, vinous. Flavor is not quite what I expected, sweet, malty, medium body, bitter, a bit phenolic. Finishes bitter and sweetish.
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 550ml #94927 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy orange/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (7331) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie. Bottle no.94927. Pours cloudy deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma o f caramel, malt, fruitiness,yeast and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, spices, yeast and alcohol.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice beer .
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Forced to have this today - best by end of 2011 for the 2008 vintage bottle #130,235, pours a five+ very light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy brown color with yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and light alcohol nose and flavor is caramel with a sweet alcohol finish. Another good year. $8.59 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours russet with a pool of off-white head. A boozy aroma. A bit of sour fruit. Harsh alcohol in the mouth. Very fruity with cakey notes. Not got the warming mellow alcohol of other vintages and turns out too hot. Has chocolate notes amidst the bitterness. Not on a par with other years.