dnstone (2092) - 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
DSG (4918) - 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 (205) - 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 (194) - 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 (132) - 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 (464) - 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 (466) - 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 (1917) - 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 (1088) - 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 (1382) - 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 (1306) - 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.