Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure how old my bottle was. There was absolutely no head and slight oxidation on the nose, but neither fact bothered me a lot. The aroma, surprisingly, evoked a lot of Belgian floral qualities. The flavor is sweet and somewhat tart, raisins, cherries, apple, maybe even some raspberry notes, plus a certain ale mustiness that I find appealing. Finishes like it starts. A very good old ale, which I would recommend though I’m sure it’s not for everyone, not even every beer geek.
Cbuk1013 (55) - 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.
Beer3000 (3723) - 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.
BeerGuyTWMore (126) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
1997-pours opaque (but watery) brown, no head, fizz, or even bubble...pours like water. Aroma was pretty impressive with raisin, molasses, chocolate, and dusty yeast ester - brandy esque. Flavor is nothing but cardboard, and while this was expected to an extent, I wish some of the aroma came through on the palate.
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BVery (4249) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Blue Max - 2003 vintage. Beer has gone flat - just really empty on the tongue. Nice aroma of dark fruit and wood. Taste is similar but it just tastes too darn old.
burg326 (2326) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997 bottle poured a cloudy brown color with aromas of funk, stale bread and some dark fruit. Flavors are the same with some extra oxidation. Not the worst beer around but certianly not the best.
portableparty (1596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 1996 #6042. Pours calm brown black with emptiness. Aroma has a strange mint chocolate scent. Taste is mild licorice mint and chocolate and old stale anise tartness. Palate is full and watery? Old beer.
dnstone (1984) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown color with no head at all. Aroma is definitely barleywine-esque; sweet malty syrupy but with a definite musty overtone from the age. No carbonation remains...flavor is malty sweet, almost chocolatey and caramel with some apple notes...the age definitely adds some edges that approach tart but I think we opened this bottle just in time before it turned. Overall I am quite impressed by how it held up to the years!
Bottle #: 2649, bottled in 1997 opened March 2013
Bottle from Las Vegas Total Wine
banii (110) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998/1999/2000: Alle er rødbrun, med lite eller ingen karbonering. 1998-utgaven har aroma av kjeller, røde overmodne bær, mye eik og portvin. Smaken er litt kork, voldsom eik og generelt veldig lik en portvin. Noen underlige oksiderte toner og pappsmak her og der gjør den litt emmen. 1999-utgaven har mye av det samme, men mindre oksidert og noe friskere. De rene frukttonene kommer mer frem. 2000-utgaven er perfekt, mengder med frisk rød frukt, eik og calvados.
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2013
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Uts: mørk brun med rødskjær, ingen kullsyre eller skum, uklar og ugjennomsiktig.
Duft: portvin og moden sherry, syrlig og oksidert, modne druer og fruktkompott. Hint av korn.
Smak: tydelig oksidert, lær og ubestemmelig fruktighet, tynn munnfølelse. Over toppen...
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1997 Vintage. tulip. amber color with cloudy body can’t really see through. Smell is more in the fruit side, dark fruits such as grapes, prunes. The taste reflects a lot the smell, mild sweet and easy to drink.