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 (5061) - 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 (11678) - 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 (4942) - ÷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.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma isnít quite as up front as Iíd like - little bit fruity and sweet. Medium bodied, carbonation is lively and dances down the back of your throat. Sweet flavours in the body of raisins and brown sugar. The hops come out in the finish with a slight alcoholic warmth. Okay in itsí youth - laid a few bottles down to try in the future.
Palidor19 (3113) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the beer has a great syrupy flavor with lots of caramel and nutty tastes. the beer brings enrichment. strong flavor at the end that is a delight one for the ages.
nick76 (4336) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is nothing special with sweet corn malt and alcohol. The appearance is light amber with a large head. The taste is very malty with both caramel and biscuits. The palate is smooth. Overall not what I was expecting but still pretty good.
MaartenRF10 (1817) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red amber, little head that fades fast. Interesting beer but no better than the ESB. Bottle and box offer something extra, but the beer itself is a bit of a disappoitment.