tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl, Alko Arkadia. Pours clear dark ruby brown with a great tanned creamy head leaving some lacing. Aroma is toasted, malty, caramel, molassis, sweet, dark fruits and fruity. Flavor is fullbodied, sweet, caramel, molassis, heavily malty and has a nice - not too heavy - biterness. Finishes malty, bitter and sweet.
fugitive (1161) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2008). Color dark red with small head. Aroma sourness, caramel, fruits. Taste sweet, sour, caramel, wood.
mikkopen (743) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle (2011). Clear dark brownish red colour, thin off-white head. Syrupy-sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits and berries. The flavour is also sweet, malty, with warming alcohol and a variety of fruits.Medium to full-bodied, low carbonation. A bit too sweet and alcoholic to be really enjoyable. I probably should have let this age a few years before drinking.
heavy (2046) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
07/05 0.5 l bottle (2008) courtesy of Marko I guess, thanks for sharing! It poured dark red brownish body with smaller ivory head. Malty aroma of dried fruits and a bit caramel with touch of alcohol. Doesnít lack complexity but flavor got it more. Whole palette of darker malt is encountered, from dried fruits which mostly dominate, through caramel, chocolate, to coffee and some wood. Slight acidity is also shown, mostly like sour cherries. Not very full in body though. Sweet, long and very nice finish. Slightly warming. It was quite strange at moments, but itís definitely a fine beer.
RexTalionis (1987) - FINLAND - JUN 21, 2011
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle 50 cl. Poured dark red and brown in colour with creamy light tan head. Sweeet dark fruits and brown sugar in aroma. Sweet and bitter flavour with alcohol sticking through. Burning spices in aftertaste. Felt a bit raw, so perhaps some aging would have been the right thing to do with this.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 2008 bottle at home and more recently at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting. It pours clear red-brown with a thin, foamy white head. The nose is wood, varnish, spice, fig, cherry, dried berry and a hint of tartness. The taste is very fruity - blueberry, cherry, raspberry, fig, currant, raisin, fruit cake, jam and a touch of malt vinegar, with quite a lot of alcohol in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A nice beer for sure, but I would like to see some more of that 2007 tartness in it!
ogivlado (5287) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 500ml. - from the London Pride store in Ljubljana, shared with Marko and heavy. Vintage 2008.
Amber/brown coloured, small off-white head, malty alcoholic nose with notes of overriped fruits. Sweet malty, dried fruits (prunes and raisins) and quite alcoholic with port like sweet finish. Very good Gales.
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. 2011 version.
Pours a reddish brown, mostly red colour with a small foamy head on the edges. Aroma of caramel malts, apples with some barnyard. Flavour of strong raisins, caramel malts, dried sour apples, mild spices and some cassis. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a warming, mild sour finish. Aging potential is definitely there.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle at the brewery. They told us that the 2008 bottling was a blend of 30% wood-aged beer that they inherited from Gales when they took over the brand, and 70% new beer that was brewed at Fullers. I think they said that the 2006 or 2007 bottling (whichever was the first that Fullers did with the beer aftr the takeover) was 100% wood-aged stuff form the old brewery. I would have loved to see how tart that stuff was! This stuff was massively sweet and malty, very full and fruity, and had a bright tangy fruit finish. Nice stuff on the whole but very intense with the sweetness and tartness, almost like sour patch kids but not as sour. Iíd say the aroma was the high point. Interesting beer for sure.
wyzzywyz22 (1743) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2008), Kris Wines, London. Seeing as I havenít been lucky enough to snaffle an aged bottle of this thus far, I was grateful to give this relatively young version a try. Poured a dark ruby colour with an impressive nose that had plenty of sweet, dark fruit with notes of brandy sodden christmas cake, nuts, demerara sugar and dark chocolate.
Flavour had similar elements with a rich malty profile and a warming booze hit. .Finish revealed some sourness together with some peppery hop bitterness. Very enjoyable stuff.