Ferris (9820) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Prune, raisin and brown sugar. Dirty brown. Prunes, rials and date. A little light on the palate. If this were a bit richer on the palate it would have been a gem, otherwise not bad for its age.
Yorker (1932) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Corked 27.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy dark amber with a lot of sediment and no head. Aroma and flavour are dried fruit, alcohol, and caramel - with an alcoholic finish.
mcberko (11210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2005. 275mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a tiny bubbly white head. Aroma brings out notes of sherry-like oxidation, dark fruits, and toasted nutty caramel. Flavour is similar, with loads of liqueur-like oxidation, some unfortunate cardboard notes, toasted bready and dark fruits. Very low residual sugar. The oxidation isn’t actually too off-putting, instead adding a nice character to it. Quite nice for a 10-year old beer.
mR_fr0g (7265) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. Many thanks to Paul for this 2005 vintage. Deep amber / orange coloured pour with frothy off white head. Viscous. Aroma is tart and funky peach, cakey malts, booze, tangy pineapple. Flavour is composed of jammy fruit, tart orange marmalade, cakey malts, pinch of sour. Viscous in the mouth and slightly dusty. Palate is chewy and viscous, sweet and sour, moderate carbonation. Lingering boozy cake. Held up really well.
The_Osprey (4893) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle, 10%, 2005 vintage, corked, shared at Leighton’s with thanks to Paul. Very dark orange or brown, small ring of white head. Aroma is sour lemon, buttery, sweet biscuits and dried pineapple. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tired malts, marmalade, some marmite, sour and tangy fruits with a dry finish. With some of these aged beers a sample is enough, but I would have happily had a bottle of this to myself. Very interesting stuff.
Scopey (10703) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. 10 year old vintage fun time. It pours cloudy red - brown with a small white head. The nose is funky, musty, spoiled peach, stewed nectarine, sherbet, earth and damp leaves. The taste is bitter, woody, light funk, stewed orange, peach, light tartness, spice, marmalade, very earthy and kumquat with a lingering dry finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Great depth a rather nice funky tartness. Has aged gracefully. Really rather enjoyable stuff. Tasty.
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Plorna. Pours unclear orange with a very slight foamy head. Tangy citrus in the nose, some musty wood, light vinegar notes. Medium sweet flavor, oily, with some marmalade, light toffee, ripe orange, woody dryness, light acidity. Medium bodied, lightly chewy, with spritzy carbonation. Warming and drying in huge in the finish, with more tangy citrus, some bread, caramelised sugars. Very good stuff. Nicely layered.
CapFlu (4961) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Fiulijn. Thanks Alex - my first new rating of 2015 :) pours a headless opaque black body. Strong nose of burnt brown sugar and soy sauce. Very rich, somewhat Apple cider meets molasses. Spicy flavour, spruce bark and a mild whiskey. Nicely mellow and sip-able. A good start to a new year. Happy 2015 everyone!
DSG (10073) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Vova & Stas. 2005 bottle. Hazy red-amber with no head. Aroma of sherry, oak, lots of dark fruits and cookies. Vinous flavor, a bit sourish, with faint sweetness, dry red wine, oak, dark fruits and a bitterish note, quite astringent. Medium-bodied, red wine mouthfeel. Nice and interesting.
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 275ml. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].
[ As Gales Trafalgar 200 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small, open and fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, plum, prune, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, plum. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic.