BrewBoxer (1565) - 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 (94) - 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 (2525) - ÷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.
Meilby (5574) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 550ml #051049 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy orange/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (5027) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie.Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness,fruitiness and spices.Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, fruitiness, yeast and spices.Medium body, average carbonation. Nice smooth beer.
KyotoLefty (5595) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly oxidized nose of caramel, plum, biscuits. Mellow, with light alcohol. Fruity, sweet flavor, malty, with raisins, chocolate, tangy orange, and grass. Complex and clean, fresh and mellow.
puboflyons (1688) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle no. 144944. The pour is a handsome reddish-amber with slow bubbles, little head, but nice clarity. The aromas are noticeable as soon as it is poured into the glass. Those include malt syrup, licorice, dark fruit, and yeast. The body is smooth, creamy, and medium-bold. The taste is nice and bitter with that powerful Strong Ale maltiness and a dry finish. I have waited two years to try it.
nearbeer (3289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml; Big thanks to Rick and Vera! Opaque, dark copper-brown with a lasting ring of cream. Nose of toffee, pear, tart apple, light wood and fresh cider. Flavor is toffee, apple, pear, peppery herb, oak, light alcohol and toast. Medium body is watery, with medium carbonation and dangerously drinkable.
Beersiveknown (2138) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@home 10/12/11. Darker amber with caramel and a briefer, marzipan finish than 2010. Starting to atke on a few sherry notes.
onceblind (3194) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark copper/ruby, like a rustic honey, with a nice laceful thin head. Pungent aged aroma of a dusty cellar, honey, and perhaps some prunes or raisins. Taste was complex but not very full. Got a deep maltiness, with some dark fruit tones of raisins, perhaps some dusty wood, a charming tone of rustic honey, but only with a tinge of metallic. Itís sweet, dark, nuanced, fruity, and with a honey tone. Quite magical.