espenra (794) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
l bottle at HŚndverkerstuene. Bottle 069562. Red amber colour with a minimal head. Aroma feels a bit off. Very sweet with notes of plums, caramel malts, toffee and some hints of alcohol. Some hints of dust. Flavour is full with notes caramel, syrup and plums. Some alcohol. Sweet. Medium long aftertaste. Unfortunately it was a letdown compared to the 2010 version, although i all fairness it improved after a while.
VertBaconStrips (1950) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 040585. Pretty light burnt orange brew with a small bubbly tan head with just a ring for retention and some slippery, dissipating lacing. Has a very nice caramel nose that seems to have the perfect sweetness... now that I said that I donít think Iím finding any caramel... itís more of a lightly caramelized sugar. Light pepper and some berry like fruit on the deepest of snorts. The taste is pretty good but the alcohol is staking its claim just enough to distract me. The spice is powered by weak pepper and it holds throughout. Bread, dark fruits, light cough drop stuff, a bit of syrupy fruit that fades to a faint burnt molasses lingering. Without the alcohol I think I would really like this but it annoys me, much like agents who use the site to sell their products. Bready and caramelly with other things and some hops. Iíve lost the will be be descriptive or whatever. Nice carbonation, etc. soft mouth feel. Itís a good beer if you allow it to be.
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, no. 079295. Consumed on day of rate. Poured with a fine, loose & lasting creamy off-white head with a bright, golden-hued amber body beneath. Malty sweet and aromatic; lots of honey, treacle, brown sugar, a drop of cherry, spicy mid fruits and gentle peppery hop on the nose. Again, predominantly sweet on the palate with brown sugar & honey backed by yeasty touches, raisin tones and a marmalade pithiness in the end. Delicate in terms of bitterness with a subtle spicy, peppery dryness there in the finish. Still nice and lively on the palate. Lightly warming in the throat. Mouth-coating and supple whilst remaining quite crisp, dry and balanced. Never overwhelming or sticky sweet. Medium body & carbonation with a soft to mid-length finish.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours deep amber-brown, with a big white head. The nose is gingerbread, light spice, cake and toasted malt. The taste is wood, gingerbread, leather, alcohol warmth, fruit peel and spice, with a warming, dry finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Good balance, dryer and less sweetness than some of the previous vintages. Tasty.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 63349 from The Bottle Shop. I like this beer. I like this beer with a couple of years on it. Hazy deep orange amber with thick lasting beige head. Syrupy malty spicy aroma. Candied fruits fruit peel. Black pepper hop aroma. Mmmmm warm juicy lovely malts with lots of lemon and orange peel. Smooth carbonation. Good pepper hop. Good spicyness. I do like this beer. Just a touch of mustiness on aroma. But I love the fruit in the mouth. Smmoth caramel in mouth along with the fruit. Tasty as hell.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, "limited edition" #134,419. Poured a nice shade of medium orange with a fingersí worth of off-white head. The aroma picked up warm, toasty caramel and molasses with a fair dose of medium-skinned fruits present.. nice yeasty notes and light earthy character around.. really nice, and I think a couple years will make it even better. The flavor found mostly warm bread and molasses notes at the core, with sweet and tart dark fruits laced throughout.. back to the bread and molasses on the warm, also yeasty finish. Medium-plus bodied and just a little too sweet on the palate.. overall a good feel and flow.. this was good, and Iíll try it again after some aging.
Grzesiek79 (2732) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bread, roasty, caramel, grass, floral, herbs, barnyard, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, cooked vegetables, vanilla, red, clear, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, salty, medium body, sticky, lively, long finish,
BrewBoxer (1552) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Overthrown color. Smells of booze, bread. Taste the same and sweet. Really good
ReV2 (91) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no. 009891, on lifting the cap the aroma hit at arms length and I donít have a great sense of smell! Sweet, very sweet and not as malty as some of the vintages, more like Golden Ale. Intense alcohol with citrus fruits, golden syrup, pear drops, hops disguised by the sweetness. I can imagine 18th century inn keepers serving up ales similar to this. Delicious but not one of my favourite vintages, the 2005 is my best so far.
Frovigalning (2475) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Tried early 2012. Taste and smell of carmael, nuts, fruits and a slightly boozey finish. Milder and smoother then 2010 and 2011. Better balanced then the two younger versions.