Oakes (12610) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber. Thick head. Rich aroma has a lot of caramel malt. Rich malts, chewy, abv is lower on the palate than the 2012. There are hints of the Fuller yeast and the bitterness seems to have dropped a lot with age.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - BCA - BBE Dec 2014; Drank Nov 2013 - Orangey Gold in colour. Very Fruity; citrus oranges, marmalade. Spicy. Very Malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts. Fullers yeast; heavily sedimented. Hoppy; earthy hops. Rather syrupy. Alcohol warming and quite evident. Sweet very fruity and malty throughout. Some bitterness in the finish. Very tasty. Nice beer!
puboflyons (2147) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle no. 126789. I bought it in 2011 and cellared it. The pour is copper-orange-amber with a long lasting off-white head. Vaguely cloudy. The aroma is full of sweet and malty characters and something akin to honey The body is medium but it has a slick quality to it. The taste is full of caramel malty sweetness but a low to nearly nil bitterness. Sweetness rues the day.
jd543 (398) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, deep amber-red with a thick off-white head. Aroma is strong sweet malt, marmalade. Taste is sweet with well balanced finish. Oily texture, low carbonation. Really nice.
allmyvinyl (3353) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a golden amber, nice white head. Aromas are mostly marmalade, some honey, all about the malts basically. Taste has a honeyed sweetness, but not too much. Good creamy texture, light oiliness perhaps. Good though.
ComradeK (1029) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts quite well and leaves reasonable lacing. Orange marmalade, fruitcake and toffee make up the aroma. Orange marmalade and mild spice hops up front give way to smooth toffee and stewed fruits in the mid-palate. A slight nuttiness leads into fruitcake in the finish. This is quite a rich and satisfying English strong ale.
Joakgust (890) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 50cl - Clear Amber red beer with a large cream head. Aroma is malty with notes of honey, caramel, bread and cream. Flavor is malty with notes of honey, flowery hops, cream, caramel, dried fruit and oats.
rangerred (926) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage. 500ml bottle into a nonic.
Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy one finger white head. Very good head retention and lacing.
The aroma is full of caramel and sweet toffee with loads of figs and plums. Some orange sneaks through along with sherry. Really good depth and there is a lot going on.
A huge hit of caramel up front in the taste along with some chocolate. There is a subtle smokiness in the background too. A heavy sherry note along witih plums and figs. Bready malt in there but the dark fruit really dominates. I can also detect some orange. Towards the finish, there is a quick metallic shot followed by a whiff of alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a decent sweetness lingering after the finish.
Overall, a very deep and complex beer. There is really a lot going on here in the aroma and flavor and it is a wonderful drinking experience. I really with I could try some of the other vintages.
Prokroustis (687) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark red colour, with a creamy off white head. Bittersweet malty aroma with lemon, pear, peach, plum and brown sugar. Full, warming body. Excellent bittersweet flavour with caramel, liqueur, blood orange, honey. Great.
kevinsenn (1077) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #043485, consumed November 2013. Pours a deep orange, clear, with a perfect half-inch beige head. Aroma of raisin, marmalade, and light toffee. Taste is sweet and fruity, mildly boozy, with a warm bitter finish. Medium-full body, smooth mouthfeel. Great stuff! Will save my next bottle for another year.