Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music - vintage interlude with big thanks to Mac Lovejoy aka Don Paulo - 15/02/14. Sieve served by the Don himself ! 1988 vintage.
Dark chestnut brown with a moderate off white head.
Nose is raisens, prunes, toffee, oxidised twang, earthy.
Taste comprises mellow sherry tones, earthy, light oxidisation, dirt, toffee.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
This was the best of the Vintage Gales for me. I’ve had too many beers this year that are supposedly fresh that haven’t been as good as this!
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Thanks again to Paul for archive fun, 1988 this time. Clear brown beer, no real head. Light smooth palate. There is modest superfine carhonation! Very light sourness. Whisper of chocolate - caramel with some inevitable oxidisation. Touch of dried fruits. Smooth finish. Actually this is okay.
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Paul for another oldie, 1988 vintage. Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is quite reminiscent of hazelnut cadbury milk chocolate. Touch earthy. Earthy and dirty and woody in the taste with distinct nuttiness and dark fruits. A sour tang comes through. Thin but carbonation has held well in this one. Solid for an oldie
Leighton (18714) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting - big thanks to the hosts for this one. Vintage 1988. Pours clear, rich brown with a bubbly white head. Tart, aged berries on the nose with moderate oxidation and dried, bready malts. Light sweet flavor with semi-dark malts, berries, bread. Light to medium bodied with fine, perhaps flat carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish with light, tangy dried cherries and plums. Decent.
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at my 5K tasting. 1988 bottle. It pours clear deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, cocoa, toast, caramel oxidised notes and earth. The taste is tangy dark fruits, a touch watery, cocoa, caramel, faint tartness and wood with a dry finish. Light body and fine carbonation. Carbonation still good for what. Actually not too bad. Not bad for an oldie.
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
275ml bottle from Shropshire. Vintage 1991. A dark red-brown colour - clear and glowing. A soft, sweetly malty taste. Faint hop bitterness - quite soft and matured. A clean and pleasant drink of modest flavour and character, but enough to keep the interest.