neuromatt (1139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #054828. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a moderate, beige head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is big and bold, with loads of caramel, candy sugar, figs, brandy and a touch of English hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, brown sugar, fruit and just a hint of hops towards the end. A hint of sherry comes through late, and it closes with a delicate peppery, slightly alcoholic finish. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great English strong ale--malty and sweet, with a huge amount of complexity. A beautiful brew that has aged and mellowed nicely. 2013-01-07
tlind2 (1126) - 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.
johninmelb (1126) - 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.
k0mpsa (1123) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - 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.
DiogŤne (1066) - 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.
kevinsenn (1059) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 3 years old, courtesy of paulhegedus - thanks a lot! Pours gorgeous clear dark amber, with tan lacing. Aroma of sweet grapes (think Welchís), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!
scotty (1052) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Stunningly good beer, rich, malty and spicy, so well balanced. Superb finish that lasts for ages, Iíll probably still taste this in the morning! Bought this at Waitrose, Ponteland. Have to say that I was surprised at some of the ratings, however, this is the first Vintage Iíve tried, I thought it was stunning, if this is a poor example, Iíd love to try a good one! Happy Birthday Martin!
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged 2 years. Pours a clear ruby red with no head to speak of. Sweet syrupy malt aroma, light yeast. Flavour to match - dark sweet fruits (overripe plum, cherry) with no noticeable hop character. Thick coating body, very light carbonation. Pleasant, but not stellar.
Philym (984) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Hazy ruby with thin ivory head.
Aroma: Dried fig, toffee, woody, spiritous, treacle, butterscotch.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium sourness with low bitterness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, low/average carbonation, dry abrupt butterscotch, spiritous, dried fruit finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very tasty. Bottle number 132880.