johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and toasty nose with a good depth. Pours a lovely deep copper with a fluffy tan head. The flavour, though not the best Vintage Iíve had, still delivers in spades - plenty of resiny raisins and buttery malts leading to a gently alcoholic finish with a lingering moerish maltiness on the back of the tongue.
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromasof carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light spice and a hint of earthiness with a crisp warming lingering sweet toffee finish.
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 2009 was a well done old ale. Though not complex it had mMild fruit, and noticeable carmel that gave it an above average mouthfeel. Not sweet, most drinkable.Good head.
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm...delicious beer. This is my first fresh one and it is almost as good as an aged one. Aroma was good. Roasted caramel with earthy notes. Pour was a beautiful dark gold with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was deep roasted caramel. Huge malt bomb this beer is. Strong sweet chewy caramel. No hops detected at all. Great beer
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep clear bright copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some light toffee notes is quiet enticing and minimal hops presence is perfectly suited to this beer. Taste is also a nice mix between some sweet caramelized sugar notes with nice creamy malt backbone. Body is about average but with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no sign of alcohol. Very well done and I thought this was less hoppy then in prior year which suited this beer.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival, Day 1, August 2009. First appearance for the 2009 Vintage and, whilst it was interesting to try this it was clearly far too young. The aroma was tart berry fruit and quite spirity alcohol. Sweet malt, dried fruit and some orange zest. It seemed rather short of depth to me at this stage. Needs more time for the flavours to develop and integrate. A one year old cask would be a much more interesting proposition. But, for this one, Iíll just have to see how the bottle is in a year or two. I anticipate significant improvement.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber. Fairly still. Thin head. Mild aroma of malt and a rough bitterness with a good swirl. A touch syrupy. Blend of strong caramel, alcohol and hops. I used to buy a case but doesnít thrill me this year.
anders37 (23044) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ GBBF 2009. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty warming caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish warming dark fruit finish with hints of carame land alcohol in the aftertaste.
DiogŤne (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a lasting foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty with floral hops, cereals, alcohol and caramel. Flavor is very malty with caramel, alcohol, fruits, floral hops. Final is well balanced with a nice touch of warming alcohol. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Very good.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish dark orange, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel, malt and hops with a hint of nuts and alcohol. Slightly bitter finish, medium to full-bodied.