after4ever (5728) - 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 canít possibly be what the brewer had hoped.
travita (3476) - 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 (6103) - 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 donít 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 canít really imagine this still being any good.
Papsoe (25113) - 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 (28627) - 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.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
9.3 ounce bottle from Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN. Corked, and the cork was dead beyond all comprehension. Pours a clear red color with sawdust floaties. Aroma of caramel, toffee, whisky, dark fruits. Taste is toffee, dark fruits, wood, whisky. Slightly tart note. Medium bodied. Eh.
SudsMcDuff (5321) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aged bottle from 2001 .. . fruity aromas, dark stuff... no real head .. aged caramel and fruits .. . very nice mouth, smooth and sticky sweet .. . maybe some rum and honey and fruit tastes .. aged to a tee.... . who is your daddy and what does he do???
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 Bottle, Funky Buddha tasting. Warm orange-gold, color of aged cheddar. Aroma of honey, very mead-like. Has some funk to it too. Custard and cake aromas, pineapple upside down cake. Fizzier than expected, lively carbonation. Sweeter and juicier than expected. Apples, pears, pineapple, candy but not in a bad way, in a great way.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
2001 bottle. Poured translucent reddish-orange with absolutely zero head.. faint legs rode the sides of the glass. The aroma picked up lighter fruits and mild floral notes over shoddy mead-like boozy honey notes.. more and more of the honey as it warmed up, but it was never good. The flavor found the honey again at the core and no other malts really caught on.. dry apple juice and lesser cidery notes hit the edges along with boozy warmth and cardboard.. mercifully short finish of green apple and honey. Medium-bodied with no carbonation evident on the palate.. sappy, thick feel from the honey and a little molasses heft.. the bad components stuck in all the wrong places. This either fell apart over the years or was just really bad.