kbudd19 (257) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Sid for sharing this at RBAG 2013, from the verticel 2005-2008, brown copper pour, smell is rasins, carmel, a bit of sweetness, taste is Exceptionally smooth and well delivered.
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best one out of the last 4 years IMO. I canít stop buying them. Amazing. Hope next years is even better!
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.
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #05337 from the LCBO. Poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy head that lasted until the end of the glass. The aroma is understated at first, but turned to caramel as it warmed. The flavour at first was subdued as well, but came alive as it warmed. I guess my fridge is too cold for this beer. Very malty and chewy, sweet at first with a bit of alcohol warmth, finishing with some hop bitterness and a minerally character of English bitters. Goes down far too easy for a beer of this ABV. I regret only buying one.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9oz bottle (in a box!), #126880. Pours a lovely ruby-tinged brown with a big mocha-colored head and lots of effervescence. Aroma is mild, predominated by wood and malt with some slight hints of hops and alcohol. Taste is rich and full, with a huge stout-like flavor of malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate lingering for some time before ending on a somewhat sweet/somewhat astringent note of alcohol, dark fruit, and syrupy hops. Unimpressive until that first sip, and delicious after that.
Cruzan59 (198) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (No 135893) at General Sutters Inn, Lititz, PA...bottle was presented in a maroon carboard box, very nice...pours a darkish amber, nice off-white head...nice subtle aroma of malt and dark fruits...continues into the flavor with some caramel and a little warming alcohol on the swallow...nice smooth mouthfeel...very enjoyable...but I think I slightly overpaid for this one. :o)
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange, very little bubbles, with white head that thins slowly. Scotchy malt aroma. Creamy, boozy, sweet malty scotch taste. It does warm the body on a cold night but not much complexity yet.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color:Auburn and head fades fast.
Aroma:Candy carmel and rubber
Palate:sweet, syrupy with creamy orange and citrus flavors
Finish:hoppy, acidic and long with more caramel and orange flavors and hop bitterness lingers.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber orange brown colour. Pours a creamy, smooth head with medium thickness. Aromascape is a bit hidden and shy, but it works well with the style. It consists of oak, alcohol, caramel, malts and bread, nuts, roasty scents, a hoppy floral side with a herby side-kick. A deep, musty, wooden overall scent with a hint of cream. The tastes really open up properly after youíve tasted the beer. The taste is surprisingly smooth. The palate is very even and creamy and settles extremely well into your mouth. At the same time it manages to be musty and dusty, but them again, it feels very fresh and has a good flow. Through the taste the licorice really comes out. The tastes are subtle but strong. They donít have a lot of attack, but the depth of the tastes is admirable. How the sourness washes the bitterness to the middle and finishes of with a nice tingly sweetness. This was the second best Vintage Ale of my life, coming right after the 2006 batch.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at llcooldaveís. No. 105243. Smells like paint thinner/alcohol and apple cider. Maybe even a little apricot, too. It appears reddish-orange with minimal head. Itís sweet, fruity (figs) with alcohol on the nose.