jkwood04 (2931) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle in a snifter. Bottled in 1998. Pours brown/ruby with a small, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and bread malts, a little spiciness, and a good amount of hops. Flavor more like a wine with all of the fruit notes and high alcohol content, but the malts and hops remind you itís an old ale. Smooth texture. A really good beer.
RochefortChris (8) - Taylors, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2012 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I was very disappointed with this as I love old ales. I chipped the bottle trying to get the cork out It poured with absolutely no head despite pouring it slow. It has the aroma of a Belgian quad with a hazy reddish brown coloring. Flavor was a bit solventy with hint of raisins and prunes. Very thin body and watery mouth feel. Hard to finish.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 1996 bottle at the Chriso Fullers Vintage Tasting, London. I brought this one along. Pours cloudy, amber-brown with a few bubbles for a head. Tangy fruits in the nose, some definite aged malts. Interesting flavor, medium sweet with leathery and tangy fruits, berries, slight herbal bitterness, some overripe semi-dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. Warming finish with big leather character, wet wood, semi-dryness, leathery fruit aftertaste. Not bad. (3.6)
Vintage 2005 bottle at Chriso Fullers Vintage Tasting, London. Pours very cloudy brown with just a few bubbles. Aged malt nose, some hints of caramel. Light to medium sweet flavor with dry fruits, light caramel, some sweet cake. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly warming finish, leathery, faintly tangy, with a bit more caramel. So so. (3.4)
bbbeer (503) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Supposedly bottled 1996. Dark brown, tinge of red, absolutely no head. Great aroma, smells like dark bread soaked in molasses, dates, raisins, caramel. Unfortunately the taste does not live up to the aroma, it is sort of flat and thin. A little sweet, some vinegar and alcohol. Extra points for aroma and being old and interesting but only marginally drinkable. Probably was better 5-6 years ago. Will have to see if I can find a newer version.
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought at Total Wine in Henderson, NV. Bottled in 2001. 9% alcohol, sweet malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, syrupy. You can savor a sip for a bit, this bottle will last awhile. I liked it, I'm going to buy some of the older ones.
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freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle version. Pours murky brown with some chunky sediment. No head. Raisin and whiskey notes prevail along with a strong caramel malt base. While hops do not play into the aroma to any extent, the back of the tongue bitterness is still there in spades along with a sour oakey tang in the finish.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. An aggressive nose tells me this is a sipper. A lot is going on in the aroma. Dark fruit, wood, spices. A watery feel. Those same flavors are tasted but they smell so much better than they taste. Hot alcohol, too. Failure.
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber, still and no head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt. Taste follows, light and sweet. Not a lot going on
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arondee (501) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 2000 at the stumbling monk in Seattle. How often do you see a pre-911 bottle of beer at a bar? I couldnít resist. It poured completely flat with no carbonation at all and zero lacing or head. The aroma was amazing. Burbon, vanilla, alcohol, thick and sticky smelling. The taste unfortunately was a pretty big letdown. It tasted flat out old, a little too old and past its prime. Vinegar and apple juice mostly with some malts in the background. Wish I could say it was better but it wasnít. This should have been drunk about 5 years earlier I think.
ttoadee (463) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with some reddish hints. No real head to speak of. Dark fruit and alcohol in the nose (dark sherry or a liqueur). Dark malt and fruit across the tongue, little syrupy, but not sticky. Warm "after dinner drink" finish. I would like to find another and age it more.