FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
On pouring, a lovely raisiny aroma, but in the glass itís less sweet and less raisiny. Still pleasantly so, but thereís a wateriness to it, a touch of minerals even. Thinnish when cold, but on a little warming fills out nicely. Sweetish malts, woody, a little nutty. Lacking the bitterness of hops that other vintages have had. Definitely much better as it warms. Probably not worth cracking opening the next bottle for 3-5 years, this feels like it needs to autolyse and age abit.
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - #9590, courtesy of FatPhil, 20141227) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins, dried plum, molasses and caramel. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramel, molasses, raisins, dried plum, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, caramelly and bitter. A very nicely aged well done strong ale.
JHeath99 (1522) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma and taste of caramel, malts, and hints of booze
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The look is Amber in color, beige colored head, and clear. The smell is butter. Rolls, fruit, sugar, and good. The taste is alcohol, fruit, sweet, caramelized, and ok.
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, apple pie, brown sugar, toast, light oxidation. Taste is of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light herbal notes, biscuit, toast, and baked apple.
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Bottle #020621. (Fullerís) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
A dark amber colour with a tiny frothy off-white head.
Sugary sweetness, alcohol, dark fruits, mild hops and mild bitterness in the aroma.
The flavour is sugary, sweet, berry hoppy and malty with some alcohol. Surprisingly thin after the other vintages. Thin and sweet. A first disappointment.
slowrunner77 (7877) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"another well done malty but balanced beer. warming, but not hot or strong. Iíve had these just about every year - havenít rated em all - and theyíre always something i go back for."
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy amber colour, with a thin off-white head. Aroma of rich berries, burnt sugars and big malt. Nice balance of flavours; sweet fruits, treacle, mixed with chewy grain and some pine hops. Finish was perfect mix of caramel, dried fruits, peppery hops and herbs.
tlind2 (1376) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, stored cool. Copper color, tan head. Lead pencil and oak aroma. Licorice and juicy malts, some fruity notes. Full body, medium-light carbonation. Signature vintage malt flavor which has probably dried out a bit with time. Very nice.
miquelcrush (1937) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.