DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 1996, bottle #2902. Pruny look and taste. Oatmeal, vanilla, vodka and prune aroma. Smells damp and old in a good way. Oily near flat mouthfeel. Drank it from a brandy snifter. Malty, tart apple-butter, spice flavor. Pleasant, almost cordial-like profile, as its pretty sweet. Hops have all but vanished. Worth a try for old ale, barley wine lovers.
Jimsal27 (154) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1997. Pours mahogany out of bottle. The beer smelled great. Sweet, dried fruit, sherry. Taste reminds me of a watered down version of port wine. Zero carbonization. I don’t know what oxidation tastes like but I don’t get any wet cardboard here. True sipper.
devman171 (689) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1998 bottle, pours a murky brown with big sediment. Aroma is sweet figs and oak. Taste is flat sweet molasses and dark fruits, it is what it is.
DSG (4932) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. 2001 bottle. Murky brown. Lovely aroma of malt, chocolate, lots of dark fruits, a bit of sherry and liqueur. Sweetish-sourish flavor, malt and fruity with some cookie notes and chocolate. Interesting.
M82 (213) - Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A murky mahogany brown body fills my snifter with no trace of carbonation
Flowing aromas of bright vibrant cherries, moist raisins, and prune juice with a dark moist coffee cake and oak barrel base accented by candied apple and pear, flavors of juicy white grape, and green melon dominate on the palate, finishing with added cherry nuances and a bit of char and caramel chocolate sweetness from the faintly carbonated, somewhat watery, medium body with a soft sweet tact balanced by mellow tartness and dryness, residuals remain in the darker bready yeast realm with an underlying layer of oak
With further warmth, the aromas and flavors shift towards the yeasty fruit cake layers with the mildly tart fruit characteristics transitioning towards a wild earthy nature
9.3oz corked bottle brewed in 2003 at 60º into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree brandy snifter
aenima (196) - Askim, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very complex aroma of sherry, figs and plums. The taste is sherry, raisins, figs, plums and also some light chocolate. Low carbonation. Not so sweet I expected.
ChinoSkillzian (133) - The Hills, California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1982 bottle thanks to my friend Christophe. Pours a clear deep amber with no head. The cork on this was in very good shape. Wonderful nose of amaretto, port, oak, walnut shell, raw honey, and cognac. The palate is nicely oxidized with flavors of marc, musty oak, dried flowers, autolytic character, forest mushroom, and sherry. Very long finish.
zimbo (467) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My condolences to those reviewers who have had bad bottles. I have often been stung when trying to age bottles but this one was perfection. A lucky decision about when to drink it.
Bottled in 2006 from the last batched ever to be bottled under this label (the truly last batch was labelled ’Last Drop’) at the Horndean brewery. Removing the 4cm cork demanded some delicacy so I used a cork screw with a very thin worm (’screw’, yeah, I know it sounds pretentious). Poured slightly below room temperature equally between two ISO glasses. Deep dark shiny mahogany and fruitcake and slight banana on the nose. Likely the richest and most seductive bouquets I have ever inhaled. and that is just the nose.
Seemed thinnish to look at but very full on the tongue. A very slightly acidity at the start which quickly falls away. There is a strong layer of sappiness which is just seamless. Everything is so perfectly integrated. On first sip a very slight woodiness before leaving a chewy element. After this it consistently ends smooth, rich and morish which is full and continues to fill out and out as it disappears.
The beer equivalent of a naked romp with Brigitte Bardot circa 1958.
writerljberg (471) - 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 (1996) - 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 (1094) - 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.