dnstone (2158) - 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
mcberko (6880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage. 275mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a dirty dark brown with a tiny bubbly beige head. Aroma brings out notes of sherry oxidation, caramel, bready malts, and some dark fruits. Flavour brings out lovely tartness, without being infected, sherry oxidation, toffee and bready caramel malt. Despite the oxidation which seems to be intentional, this doesn’t appear to have gone off in any sense. Lovely beer.
Bill Becker (389) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No foam with this 2005 corked bottle. It has a rusty-murky look to it.
Light Port notes with a distinct tartness and lots of booze in the nose.
Same goes for the taste. Though it’s going on 10 years old, despite the lack of carbonation, I reckon it needs more time to develop.
I’ll buy a few more bottles.
wlajwl (3999) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is vinous/dark fruit, scotch and black malt, somewhat odd considering it was minute. The flavor is dark/black malts, black liquorice, dark bread, scotch/peat, earthy notes, very thick/slick texture and a tart/sour/increasingly funky finish.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
"1996 vintage had 3/21/13. Maybe the oldest beer I’ve ever had. Completely flat and maybe a hint o oxidation, but the pruniness and dark fruit is still pleasantly in the forefront of the aroma and flavor. Don’t think this ever had any hops. Lightly sweet. Really not too shabby. If it weren’t for the feel I’d like this quite a bit."
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage from the eighties, tasted at 20 years of age. One of the last of an old league of classic English old ales and barley wines, deep burgundy colour, no head anymore after all those years, very complex aroma, rich and reminiscent of dried apricot, balsamic vinegar, liquorice and dry sherry. Low carbonation, dried fruits, sweet chocolatey malts and the obvious oxidized taste of an old beer, but in a noble, old madera kind of way, vinous mouthfeel. You have to like old beer to enjoy this, that’s for sure, so something like this will not be to anyone’s liking, but I enjoyed the experience very much. Should taste this as a young beer too. A true world classic from a bygone era.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours with almost no carbonation and it only makes a few stray bubbles around the edge of the glass. On top there is just the finest dusting of tan yeast sediment. There is no real head and no lacing. For the style and age of the beer I would think this is an acceptable attribute. The liquid is hazy and has a brownish color with some reddish high lights. The aroma has a rich sweet bready maltiness with pleasant estery yeast which sweet and fruity. The alcohol is also noticeable in the nose and brings a refined red wine like character to the mix. In tyhe flavor there is a sour dough bready maltiness with a warming boozy port like alcohol presence to start with. In it there are also notes of sweet and tart fruit like apple, raison, white grape, and tart red raspberry mixed with dry earthy yeast. The yeast has an almost woody earthy quality to it. The dryness and some sourness comes out more in the warm wine like finish.
Ferris (4749) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Toffee and a light sourness. Cloudy brown with a thin head. Caramel and a light sourness and a nice finish. A little woody and a nice finish.
CanIHave4Beers (3328) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 Bottle, opened last night... with all expectations that it would be bad if not undrinkable. Although there is the occasional high rating for these old bottles, and I do suppose I got lucky with this one.
Pours perfectly still with a deep ruby brown color.
The aroma has all sorts of tobacco, cherry, raisin, sherry, & lemon rind. It’s oxidized no doubt, but in no unpleasant way, it does indeed have the lightly & pleasantly oxidized character one would expect to find in an Amontillado.
The flavor is similarly rich and all over the place, raisin, leather, tart lemon, sweet cherry, toffee, woodiness, brown sugar and sherry like character akin to Oloroso.
It’s truly special to drink a beer this old that has developed so favorably.
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1999 vintage. Red/amber pour with minimal head. Subtle aromas of dark fruit with acidic notes. Flavor is slightly sour and acidic. I was expecting something a bit more malty and sweet. Not bad, but I suspect this one was past its prime.
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Brewed in 2001. Pours an hazy with no head, aroma of cherry, sour cherries, scotch and chocolate, flavor of vinegar, dry, low sweetness and nice fruitiness, medium bodied.