commonmac (666) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #110436 from a vintage sampler pack received. Poured into Belgian snifter glass. Reddish orange. Limited frothy head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, and heavy on dark fruits (plum and raisin). Taste is also dark fruit centric with some sweet, toffee elements. Decent balance. Finish is kind of abrupt. I think Iíve enjoyed the other, older years better but still a decent beer.
commonshawn (651) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Bottle with commonmac. Almost ruby with small off white head. Fruity sour alcohol smell. Sweet alcohol taste and finish is nice. Good balance. Dark fruit and decent complexity and a bit puckery. Very nice.
ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Description - just about the same as everyone else has written. Iíve had every vintage since 1998 and while all previous vintages needed at least a year in the bottle to mature, the 2013 vintage was very drinkable in the year it was brewed. I donít know how they did it but it worked and Iím looking forward to trying the 2014 vintage early in 2015.
Kita (1462) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 0.50l. Cloudy deep amber color with medium creamy off-white head with yellowish shade and sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, sherry, wood, toffee and roasted malts. Taste starts with smooth, rich and sweet maltiness, mildly roasted, follows by rich fruitiness and mild notes of wood. Mouthfeel is warming and alcoholic, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Good one, but I prefer vintage 2012...
mabel (7246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6550-20140723] Bottle. Fruity floral toasted toffee grains aroma. Hazy, red orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Bitter toasted toffee grains flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
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Cuso (5966) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber color with medium white head. Strong malty aroma, head, red fruits. Taste, sweet malt, apples, red fruits, honey. Alcoholic finish. Tasty.
Gurthnar (3005) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma sweet caramel maltiness, intense. Moderate English hops. Raisins. Clear amber to brown colour. Taste is strongly bitter, classic English hops. Strength apparent, dried fruits. Quite good.
MisoW (2292) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle by Cuso, thanks. Pours amber color, lightly beige head. Aroma is very fruity, berries, caramel, malty. Taste is medium sweet, malty, caramel, raisins, alcohol present in the finish.
marcus (7545) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours orange copper with a nice off-white head and a nutty malt aroma. There is a hearty sweet malt flavor with a tasty hop profile and a slightly bitter finish. A pleasure to drink.
ClubGonzo (4696) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber-hued orange body with a small off-white head. Nose is honey, caramel, toffee, biscuits, hints of red fruits, raisins, grains and bread. Taste is caramel, raisins, prunes, toffee, biscuits, vanilla and hints of burnt sugar, grass and port wine. Medium body and carbonation. Pleasantly accessible despite a fair amount of complexity, the stylish elegance of this series have yet to fail me. A bit more body would have made it even better, but all in all this is a very nice ESA.