downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 49226 from Waitrose. Amber in colour with a decent, off-white head and slight carbonation. Warming alcohol on the nose along, with sweet, jammy fruits and a touch of cereal malt. Not too full in the mouth, with more sweet red and orange fruits, solid malts and a bitter finish, with more alcohol warmth. Enjoyable.
allmyvinyl (9214) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle at home, from the breweryís online shop. Pours clear pale copper, nice tight white head. Aromas of marmalade, fruit cake, uncooked fruit-cake mix in fact. Light spice and raisin. Taste has warming alcohol, spice, sweet dark sugar, and a cleansing finish. Glad Iíve got (I think) one more of these to age, as I think the raisin notes will come to the fore, and be great in a few years time. Lovely stuff.
martjoobolut (2799) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle no 82042. Pours slightly hazy amber with small very light tan head. The head disappears immediately. Aroma is intense dried fruits, sweetness, hints of alcohol, caramel. Taste: fruits, sweetness, dark plum bitterness, caramel, noticeable alcohol but not overwhelming. Lingering bitter finish leaves nice alcohol warmth in the mouth. Overall: nice fruity and bitter
john_henry (124) - - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice indeed! I wasnít sure what to expect, but this beats any expectations I could have had. Basically imagine an awesome english ale, like, lets say, a supercharged London pride. However the "one of only one hundred and twenty five thousand produced", yes, 125,000! is quite comical, hardly limited.
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a large foamy canvas colored head. Notes of butterscotch, dark fruit, licorice, earth, and fruitcake. Feels over carbonated.
culchiem (3443) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 15673. Clean amber with a short head. Aroma is malt and quite fruity. Flavor is malted toffee, spicy with a port booze base. Finish is warming fruitcake.
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambrée. Voilé. Mousse dense et blanche. Nez: "Barley wine". Riche. Malté. Sucré. Beurre. Fruit confit. Toffee. Bouche: onctueuse. Très sucré. Caramel au beurre salé. Toffee. Fruité. Marmelade. Légèrement sapiné. Excellente.
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber with no head. Sweet aroma with caramel and pear drops. Feels creamy and sweet at first with fruit cake notes before a smooth bitter finish and nice warming alcohol. Really good.
Fin (9354) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Lynn and Barry, they probably wonít ever read this but thanks anyway! I had this on Tuesday 12th November 2013 Pours orange gold, bit like Irn Bru, clear with a steady gentle carbonation. Soft in the mouth, warming in the mouth. I get lots of sweet marmalade but with a good bitterness that seems to expand. Bittersweet this really appears to have softened over the last year, I actually also had this in cask format at The Shoulder of Mutton a couple of times it was nice but this is one of those rare occasions where it is better in the bottle, probably because it has lost some of the harsh rough alcohol from ageing. Tasty beer though still not up there with the best Vintages, I think it is a little too sickly sweet, if it could lose a little more sweetness and add a little more citrussy complexity it would be heading there. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6
MaartenRF10 (1849) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown. Tan head. Port, caramel, raisins, overripe fruit. Lot better and tastier than the 2011 version!