FourJ (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 2000 vintage from Bottle Works in Seattle. Poured into a snifter glass.
Well, I decided to give this one a try and I’ll just say that its as I hoped. Heard a little hiss when I opened it and it had maybe a half finger of head. Cork came off without any problems although had a tiny bit if mold on the outside.
Color is reddish brown. Aroma is slightly lactic. Taste is prunes, yeast... Some lambic type tartness and maybe saison farmhouse. Medium body, a bit on the thinner side from what I expected.
Bottle had black yeast layer stuck to bottom. A bit of yeasty trub on the last bit of the pour.
Anyhow, good experience and worth the seven bucks or so I paid! Looking forward to tracking this down again!
writerljberg (405) - Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
’72 bottle from Douglas. Oldest beer I’ve had.
A: Pour gets me a few bubbles. This is dark-brown, and a glass swirl gives me light lacing.
N: Aceton, wood, orange, cherry. This is oxidized in a very "interesting" way.
T: Spoiled, cherry, acetone, and wood dominate this. Glue and iron. Not really enticing.
M: Some heat. Broken body.
O: Blech. This is like a bad lambic. Glad to have tried it, but wouldn’t have one again.
BenH (1729) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 vintage, thanks Tim. Dark brown with not much head. Oxidised aroma, sherry, toffee, raisins. Similar taste, raisins, dates, oxidised. Some sharpness to it. Flat and slightly acidic. Interesting.
neepsntatties (1034) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1972 bottling courtesy of "Douglas88". Colour...dark amber with a smidgen of a head. Nose...soured, phenolic and fruity with overripe cherry and tangerine. Palate...tart, dry, phenolic and oaky with a quick burst of dried fruits and Turkish delight and then a very dry quercus finish.
italarican (1157) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997 bottle shared during the 2013 Foothills BA Sexual Chocolate release. Some watery raisins and butterscotch. Slightly fruity, flat and thin body. It’s held up ok so far.
seymour (1259) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared a cool-looking red foil and cork bottle, 2005 vintage, nicely cellared at Thanksgiving dinner 2012. It poured a mostly clear reddish copper colour, no real bubbles or lace, some definite alcoholic legs when swirled. Smelled like a sour or brett ale, but didn’t taste like it. Aromas of grainy malt, dried fruit, toffee, candy, very faint hops resin and alcohol, perfumey like a port wine. Strong malt flavour, definitely oxidized but not cardboardy, caramelly, VERY fruity, boiled apricot jelly, wild cherries, black plums, tart grape skins. Full-bodied, almost no carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, alcoholic warmth, but smooth, smooth, smooth, no unpleasant fusels. Old and boozy in the best possible way. Complex and delicious. Highly recommended.
SamP01 (480) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3oz corked bottle (2001 vintage). Pours cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of slightly burnt caramel malt and sweet bitter chocolate upfront, slowly mellows out to some dark fruit, plums and raisins and yeast notes. Taste same as aroma with a slight hint of red wine nuance in the flavor. Palate is a full body, smooth, mild carbonation, has some light sticky mouth feel. Finish same as taste, has nice sweet bitterness in the taste, alcohol is well hidden, hits you in the end. This brew has a complexity yet very good and well balance, a tasty and enjoyable brew. nice.
zacgillbanks (1493) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 Vintage from Rehills, Newcastle: Drank 2013-09-21. This dark brown beer has ruby red highlights and pours with no head. It has slight tart red fruity and vanilla flavours, cherry and slight ‘wet paper bag’ notes on the finish. Slightly best past its best.
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1997 bottle. Finally opened after a battle with a crumbly cork. Pour is murky, still brown. No carbonation. Aroma is pretty nice - sweet toasty malt with lots of plum, date, and faint dark brown sugar. Really not much oxidation in aroma. Flavor is very complex. Light tart notes up front with bitter notes to follow. Then faint oxidation notes and a sweet roasted coffee finish. Big flavor, but not great at this point.
Cbuk1013 (228) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From memory: I’ve had about a dozen of these and 2 or 3 were flat or outright spoiled. The remaining ones were very good
Pours brown. Littke or no head. Some yeast chunks. Smells of maple syrup, sherry, fruit and malt. Complex taste also includes some sourness. Quite a unique beer.
Beer4000 (4116) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle from 2001 sampled in 2006. Beautiful almost clear copper red body with a small tan head. Vinous aroma with dry fruit, slightly acidic berries, oak and noble caramel. Flavor is sweet, smooth malty, dry fruit, acidic berries, wood and pleasant oxidized old sherry. Fine body and wonderful aftertaste. A classic made for sipping.