Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 On draught at the Moan & Dove Amherst, MA; ’98 Vintage: Well, I’m actually impressed by this brew. Perhaps its cuz its on draught, or perhaps its older, who knows. Murky brownish black looking colour. Nose is mostly dark malts, a little fruity. With warmth this beer becomes oh so seductive. Sweet with tons of dark fruit, cherries are a prominant flavor on the palate. Big malts, medium to full bodied, kinda chewy. Finishes dry and acidic. I love this stuff, and I recommend finding it on draught if u can! I got a few ’98 bottles, when I crack one, Ill add some comments here.
Ive added bottles from ’96 through ’02 to my cellar and I drink one now and again as this has become a favorite of mine over time. The older the better in my opinion.
I just poured an ’01 and its great as well.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 2001 Bottle: Great sour malt nose. No head whatsoever. Some chocolate covered cherry smell as well. Tastes like a glass of wine. It warms you as it goes down. Maybe I opened it too soon. I suppose I should have aged it a couple of years. No hops at all in this beer, or at least I can't taste them. A good and interesting beer, I have never had anything quite like it. No carbonation either.
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 April, 2003 Now that Thomas Hardy’s Ale is no longer made, this is the beer to get hold of. Dark, rich and very complex. This is an Old Ale of immense character. Has the ability to be laid down for many years. Deserves a spanking review of epic proportions, but all I can muster is: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! A private moment of trembling pleasure. [4.2]
Feb, 2012 Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting. 1996 vintage. Milky baby vomit. Opal fruits. Apricots. Pistachio. Flavour is muddled and unsatisfactory. [3.1]
Feb, 2012 Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting. 2006 vintage. Bottom of bottle: yeasty and muddled. Top of bottle: wonderful soft toffee, warm and tasty. Rate for the beer that wasn’t messed up with the yeasty dregs: [4.1]
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 1996. Pleasing to look at, yet need a whole night to ingest true flavor. Soft undertones makes it irresistable, yet very comfortable. Impossible to stop at one. A drink to stay home for; definately a prize--rerated now that my pallete is use to partaking in better fine beers. I recollect on this one often while tasting, so it must be more memorable than my rating reflected.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 #700. 1996 bottle. Not the easy beer to drink, or wait, maybe it is. Delightful...begs out for leather chairs and dusty rooms and overcooked vegetables...all things English. Incredible sour black cherry flavors. Delicious. Musty. Prized. Rubenesque.
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, visually unappealing. Great malt nose. Complex fruity dry malt flavor. This is a good one.
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was different. I had a 2001 vintage. I know, I know. I should have waited to taste it. It has a dark brown color to it. The taste reminded me of a bitter or sour apple. It seemed kind of smooth on the palate but was very bitter. I don’t know how aged bottles taste, but this wasn’t as overpowering as I hoped. I have another bottle that I will definitely age for several years before drinking and then re-rate.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I tried a 1998 bottling in early 2002. This is one of the beers that put me onto "big" beers and unusual styles. It looks like very old, used motor oil. Opaque brown, no head to speak of, and not much carbonation. Spectacular flavor, unhindered by effervescence, so smooth everything melds together into an almost wine-like quality. Body is very big, with rich maltiness and a subtle british hopping within. What an amazing beer.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My liquor store just started carrying this, and I am glad. I have looked for this brew for a while and I am very pleased with it. Great flavor, my bottle was a 97, and It added to the quailty of this ale. Two thumbs up!
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Similiar to wine at first,very tart citrus start--grainy aftertaste. I like Belgian triple better.