jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle in a snifter. Bottled in 1998. Pours brown/ruby with a small, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and bread malts, a little spiciness, and a good amount of hops. Flavor more like a wine with all of the fruit notes and high alcohol content, but the malts and hops remind you itís an old ale. Smooth texture. A really good beer.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1997 vintage Bottle courtesy of Ben, at As Is NYC (huge thanks man!) Porus a deep red wine body with a brownish tint, no head or lacing. Nose is strong brandy, cherry, plum and wet wood. Oxidation definitely present. Mouthfeel is flat with notes of dark fruit, brandy, plum, sweet black cherries and melted butterscotch. A real treat to try this.
The_Osprey (5920) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as Gales Prize Old Ale, 2005 edition. Many thanks to Steve. Murky dirty brown, no real head. Ugly beer. Aroma is tired musty malts, sweet oxidised sherry, varnish. Body is smooth, oily, no carbonation. Taste is tired old malts, some marmite, mint, oxidised sweetness. No. (1.7)
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Cotts Convention II, thanks to BIK, 05/03/16. 2005 Vintage.
Murky brown with a moderate beige cap.
Nose is soy sauce, cocoa powder, dark fruit peel, light spice.
Taste comprises chocolate biscuit, soy, papery notes, oxidisation has crept in for sure, musty.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close.
Hasnít aged particularly gracefully considering itís only 11 years old but still sippable.
Garrold (4097) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Murky brown. Didnít get much from this other than a cardboard vinegary character. Nice tick, though.
RichTheVillan (6508) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at CWC II; murky dark red/brown pour, zero head, aroma has light wood and some vinous action, taste has earthy fruits, some oxidisation, great to try old beers.
SarkyNorthener (3966) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to beersiveknown, cheers Steve. 2005 Vintage. Murky brown beer. Light aroma of wood and some soy sauce. Taste is soy sauce, rich dark malts and some raisins. Decent for its age.
Mr_Pink_152 (3565) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried at Cotteridge 2, 2005 vintage. Deep amber colour with no real head. past its best, but had dark fruit and caramel, taste was ok but as i say not at its best.
Quack-Duck (9116) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, vintage 2006. Deep golden colour, no head, not syrupy in consistency, but rather thin. Intensive vinous aroma, lots of port wine and sherry. Quite light-bodied for the strength. Very low malty sweetness, quite dry and slightly tart. Sherry and shy port wine flavours present, and a dusty dry finish. No carbonation. Delicious winter warmer, perhaps a tad on the dry side.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a deep amber red with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet caramel and dark fruits with a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has a good amount of oak with a bit of dark fruits and some earthy grains backing.
jackl (7007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2002 vintage shared with Deyholla. Found on the shelf of a shop in the Minneapolis burbs. Reddish pour with a small white head. Nose shows signs of age. Salt and balsamic soaked wood. Forest fruits. Cardboard and stale caramel candies. Taste is a bit stale. Tart fruits, cardboard. Sweet cRamel. Medium body, soft carb. Not drinking well, unfortunately.