zach8270 (3358) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 275 ml - 2001 vintage) Dark ruby red with no head and very little carbonation. Earthy and musty aroma with a lot of cider, fruit, and whiskey notes. Flavor is sour and funky at the start, but moves to a fruity and cider-like sweetness near the end. Dry and bitter but still holds up pretty well for nine years old. I’d say more of an old ale than a barley wine.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle from cyclone liquors. Pours ruby red with no head. This comes out of the bottle more like a sherry than a beer. Has an awesome aroma of liquor and whiskey. The flavor is a blend of apples and port. I find this to be a lot like Harvey’s bristol cream but a bit milder. Quite an interesting concoction.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel cider colored with vitrually lifeless, uncarbonated body. Nose of aged wood, sherry, light marsala, malt and toffee and hint of farmhouse/manure. August flavors of aged wood, mild marsala and cream sherry, malt, understated toffee and caramel with a hint of Brett. Thin, oxidated finish.
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2001 vintage. An anemic brown ale with almost no head. In aroma, oxidized malt with a bit of soy sauce, dark fruits, not bad. In mouth, a rather lifeless and oxidized ale with notes of madera, licorice, and light molasses, very thin and tired. Tasted Nov. 5 2009 with GRM and Mike H.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330. Corked and foiled. Well, geez. I have certainly had worse. Pours a murky medium amber with tottfee highlights and no head or lace. Rich, vinous, tangy cherry and doughy malt nose. Creamy medium body that goes a bit watery in places. Flattish. Fruity, vinous, bready mid-palate. Mild finish. Not disgusting, by any means, but can’t possibly be what the brewer had hoped.
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very small head, red in color, and clear. The smell is ok with maple, tofee, fruits, and wine like. Very strong aroma. The taste is sort of nasty however with dirt, booze, watery, and oxidation.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Also a 2001 vintage. Flat sticky caramel looks, completely opaque. Very diminished aromas consisting of madeira, caramel and white grapes. Terribly oxidized in mouth. I don’t understand how people can still be enjoying that. Virtually lifeless both in its flabby, oily body and in its stale tartish apple vinegar notions. Caramel crawls underneath, but is completely slaughtered by cardboard, old wood and wet leaves oxidation notes. The lack of aftertaste was a liberation. Bottles are still available quite broadly, but even with optimal storage, I can’t really imagine this still being any good.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 27,5 cl. Slightly hazy amber golden with a tiny, rough, off-white head. Aroma of fruit and caramel with a tart edge. Medium body, completely flat, notes of white wine and a whiff of Brett and perhaps a little wood. Warming alcohol in the finish, slightly leathery but no bitterness as such. Very interesting - and classic Gales. 120709
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
27.5 cL bottle bought at Hollingshead, CA. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid phenolic and light acetone aroma. Dry wooden and phenolic flavoured. Acidic to citric dry flavoured finish. Very old and above the prime I assume.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is not very strong - chardonnay, white grapes and a little peach. Color is a cloudy dark orange, absolutely no head. Flavor is remarkably like chardonnay - some honey, some citrus, a little tart, and some alcohol burn on the end. Interesting brew.