duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of strange little brew, quite unique. quite an acidic, dark fruit and mineraly, vinegar flavour. also quite fizzy, also tasted a bit of berries in there aswell, strange and unique, pretty darn good.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2003 (1996) Deep opaque brown. No head at all. Some yeast chunks. Superb nose of syrup, caramel, sherry,some oaky sourness and wisps of grainy malt. Thin to medium bodied but a body that holds a boatload of immense flavors. Very vinous feel and taste, lots of oak character, carmelly/toffee malt base. Finish reveals more oak, sherry and a long wonderful finish that does not quit. Quite unique and damn tasty.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 bottle: Very noticable malt/black fruit flavor. No head on this bad boy at all. Great with a Romeo y Julietta Cigar.
leaparsons (7667) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity and vineous with hints of oak and sherry. Shame the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. As for taste, though, this beer is a winner.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A really weird beer! Almost still, and the murkiest brown color this side of Loch Ness. Not as malty or hoppy as expected for its style. Perhaps this is more of a barleywine? Oddly sour.
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
SOUR!!! Smelled great, tasted like crap. There were some nice flavors in there, but the lactic sourness left an overall (sigh) poor impression.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel scent. Hazy red shade, almost no head. Wow, port, strong fruit-cake flavour, raisins especially. Warm from beginning to end. Takes on a wine like feel. Superb.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the 1997 bottle. Very complex and not for the faint of heart. Vinous, with notes of chocalate. My guess is you’ll either love it or hate it. But it is, without question, one of the great beers of England. Wine lovers will flip for this beer!!
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2002
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
1999 bottle. I bought it on ’special’ for $1.49. Should have known better. Spoiled. Would like to try some that has been well taken care of.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Full,... Very Full! I liked it a lot. Want to age some,... re-rate in a couple. 6,4,8,4,16
re-rate 12-4-05: A ’96 bottling. WOOHOO! So there is nothing left in this bottle as far as life goes. This is dead. Pours a syrupy deep brown with no CO2. Aroma is a beautiful mix of horse blanket and vanilla with a big wallop of gracefully aged sherry. The body is lifeless and syrupy. Acidity is at a very high level in this bottle and it does take away some of the maltiness that the beer did once have but has been striped of. No hops alcohol is very diminished and the overall experience is much like sipping a fine prot, which I guess is the goal. Nice beer but I would like to try one that is carbonated.