DocLock (8098) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Standard boxed bottle from State Line and Caponeís. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is similar to all the others Iíve had; some caramel malt, brown sugary, dry vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, on the dry side, with an ESB flavor profile and a decent hop level, but not to the level that I so desperately crave from a beer such as this, as such. Iím starting to think these are all style and little substance, and that Fullerís owes me punitive damages for jerking me off all these years with vintage beers that are overpriced and underwhelming.
Stuu666 (4121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber, nose is honey, orange, toffee, taste is similar, sweet.
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Rich, malty aroma of toffee, dried fruits, hop spice and brown sugar, very faint tartness in the background along with notes of raisin and apricot. Tawny orange-brown in color with a very slight, fading head. Flavor profile is lightly sweet, gently winey and tart, with sherryish tones and ample malt sweetness, augmented with dark, dried fruits and tobacco, some peppery alcohol and mild, leafy hop bitterness and flavors appearing towards the long finish. Gently warming and very low in effervescence on the palate, mild tartness at play here, and with a full body. Rather elegant and refined, very nice beer.
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured with an orangey sheen, mid-sized lacy beige head; dried fruits, Wood and vanilla plus a touch of alcohol in the nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied and a bit tart; mild and warming traces of alcohol in the vinous-fruity and caramelly finish, some hoppy dryness in the aftertaste. Good, what else...
VastActiv (3149) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.5l at Black Door, Helsinki. Bottle no: 090377. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, raisins, hops and malts. Surprisingly fresh and in excellent condition.
AnokaBrewer (46) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma. Sweet initial taste, then some hop bitterness to balance, then a sweet, well blended finish. Brown in color. Taste changes and gets better as it warms.
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, apple cake, candied oranges, spiced pear, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is of toffee, caramel, toast, baked apple, and herbal hops.
travita (4196) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The look is Amber in color, beige colored head, and cloudy. The smell is fruit, malts, toffee, caramel, and grapes. The taste is fruity, toffee, sweet, raisans, and good.
commonmac (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle given as a gift for the birthday. Consumed in Belgian glass because there was no English option available. This is a very attractive looking ale...deep amber orange hue. Full finger of head that doesn?t seem to want to linger. Aroma seems boozy with dark, tart fruit coming to the forefront. Taste is also heavy on alcohol. Sweetness and malt lead the way. Almost a candy like effort. Bitterness is nowhere to be found. Warming alcohol at the finish. It?s a potent ale that is best sipped. Anxious to try the other annual varieties and see the comparison.
rosenbergh (7510) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. #086008. Courtesy of olio. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
Cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Sweet sugar, berry hops and sweet malt in the aroma.
The flavour is alcohol, sweetness, dark fruits and more sweetness. Quite average Vintage Ale.
Svesse (6506) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Amber colour, slightly hazy, with frothy off-white head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, fruity nose with notes of treacle-toffee, raisins, dried apricots, orange peel, rye bread, toffee, hints of nuts and some sweet oloroso sherry. Malty, fruity taste with toffee, raisins, apricots marmalade, orange peel, treacle, hints of blackberries and a certain citric bitterness in a finish with a slight alcohol glow. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Tasty and quite complex. Very nice.