pilsnerrogge (2773) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear, orangey amber with a creamy head. Aroma is booze, caramel, oranges and cooked vegetables. Flavour is booze, caramel and some licorice. Long, boozy bitterness. Way too young.
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, husks), moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of dried mango, soured fruit, and bile. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Slightly better flavor balance than in previous years (although the 2010 never came to Colorado, or I never saw it...in fact, 2009 bottles were gathering dust on some shelves right up until this recently arrived), but it achieves that with a bit more acidity than usual. Mostly pleasant aroma offers tropical fruits and cookie-caramel malt character. Some grainy-husky malt and some kind of sour fruit - bile thing mars the nose slightly (theyíre relatively mild), and the medium/watery body just canít bear its 8.5% booze level...this would be better at 6% or so. A grainy finish hurts the otherwise decent flavor balance. Overall just ok.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Clear deep amber pour with an average off-white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace. Aromas of spicy hops, cooked fruit and caramel. Very caramel on the palate with some sweet fruit across the middle and a lightly warming finish.
bhensonb (13737) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours clear copper with a foamy 3 finger light beige head that does some moderate ring lacing. (Beer Hunter tulip) Deep aromas of roast malt and medium dark fruit. Med+ body. Flavor is plummy? Certainly dark roast malt. Itís not very thick, but the flavors are complex. Itís wonderful. Thereís treacle. Some date. Still thinking plum. Ok, prune. Itís very well balanced. Finish is towards dry, but the malt is persistent. Spicy. Definitely. Took a while to get that. And with time it seems to be thicker than before. Another brilliant ale from Fullers.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep golden brown with a thin white cap. Aroma is biscuity, malty, some odd notes of sour dough that are a bit hard for my nose to get over, but itís still good, mild after thoughts of vanilla, and oak. The flavour follows suit on the biscuity bits, all kinds of malt flavours, toffee, maybe a hint of dark rum? booze is there skulking around in the background, becomes most prevalent in the finish. Foamy mouth feel. I liked this beer, enjoyed the whole ride, but canít help feeling that it could have been better, especially if Iíd aged it about a year or so.
wlajwl (5506) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is fruits, malts and an unknown element, canít tell if its slightly musty. The flavor is fruit and has a complex maltiness. Slightly similar to an old ale, Iíve never had one of the previous years of these, this was pretty good, will have to try next yearís.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Fosse Sainsburyís- they always check the inside of the box to make sure Iím not lifting anything (like an expensive vintage bottle of beer?), which makes me laugh. Brilliant bronze, fine white mousse. Appealing peach flan base, botanicals, marmalade, vanilla and earthy grass aroma with a little soil still attached... a pipette of acetone as it warms. A fine, boozy sipper awash with warm alcohol, marmalade, liquorice and a pronounced fennel seed note. The hops are jellied and orange-accented like Belgium; the malts fine and vanilla-like. Drinks well now considering itís intended to be aged- get it down your neck.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - JAN 23, 2012
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured in a pint. Golden brown and shiny.
Nose : metallic and oysters ... awfull.
In mouth: some appetizing malty flavours and rich dried plums notes ... but then again this terrific metallic note that spoils everything.
And again in afterstaste.
Letís forget that batch. I feell like I have been screwed up!
bierkoning (12090) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color. Maltaroma with hints of dried fruit. Malty, grassy firm hopbitter flavor with dried fruit. Hints of licorice and caramel. Nice balance of malt, hops, alcohol and fruity notes.
olsvammel (5603) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Tried early 2012. Boozey smell. Rough taste with some caramel malts in the background. This beer clearly needs to mature for at least 2 years. The rough booziness overpowers the other flavours.