rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up this 2004 vintage corked and caged bomber from Bullock’s in Marietta. Although great care was exercised in not shaking the bottle during the uncaging and uncorking ceremony, I still found a gusher in my hand that lost about an ounce of liquid on the desktop. I had never seen a beer form a head in the bottle before this one. The body was deep burgundy in color and after the initial rush of carbonation; there was little head to speak of. The beer looked cloudy in the wine glass, while little light coming through. The bouquet was rich and layered with aromas of fig, plum, raisin, toffee, chocolate, and maple. The malt also presented itself on the tongue as a sweet and warm taste reminiscent of port wine. Alcohol was not as well hidden as I though it would be, with distinct warmth that was pleasing. Not much to counter the sweetness, as there was hardly any hop presence. The beer was smooth and slippery on the palette with a prickly, peppery, and alcoholic aftertaste. Two years of aging was not enough, as the rough edges were still a little grating. Can do better with eight more years I think.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle at gputty’s Friday tasting. Clear, dirty copper pour. Tan head. Nose is caramel and some spiciness, plus the slightest touch of mint. Lively, vinous mouthfeel, with flavors of caramel, toffee and an underlying spiciness. Lovely BSA!
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks goes out to gputty for sharing this brew. Poured from a bottle a dark reddish brown with good tan head. Aroma was spicy with some sweet caramel coming through, it was a little vinous with an ever so slight alcohol aroma. A Damm good smelling brew. Flavor had strong caramel malts some dark fruits came out and it had a very good alcohol finish (not too strong). An excellant brew and would be honored to drink more.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From bottle. pours a dark brown with hints of red. Tan head. Nose is spicy, with dark fruits and coffee. Flavor has some apple, pear, more dark fruits and a hint of sour. Great finish with just a hint of alcohol. Very complex and rewarding drink.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2004): Hazy ruby with a lasting light brown head. Huge port wine, caramel, toffee, biscuit, raisin and prune aroma. Soft, tingly medium-full bodied. Sweet caramel. Warming port wine. Nice rainsins and chocolate. Really refined, tasty and just plain good.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 Vintage. Very complex brew with a lot going on. Dark, murky brown color, not much head, medium carbonation. Very nice aroma with a lot of spices going on. Similar flavor: different spices, fruit, malt. Got a little more interesting as it warmed up a bit. A nice treat that I would definitely try again. I dumped a ton of yeast in my glass on the second pour. Most of it didn’t settle out.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Vintage 2000
Light-hazed copper/mahogany with a thin, off-white film. Aromas of a thin barleywine, malted and grape-ish with an alcoholic tilt. Full bodied with a dry finish, it’s flavor held brandy, dark fruits and homemade wine. A little rough with light sugars but a harsh burn.
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Lunkie (1400) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frit malt aroma with hops. Clear brown colour with thick foamy head and excellent lacing. Smooth thick fruity flavour with chocolate malt. Smooth palate.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 2006 Vintage: Pours old world, murky brown with a tall, tan colored semi creamy froth. Aroma is sweet cherry pie and malted earth. Full nectar with ample residual effers. Flavors are slightly sweet with a pronounced cherry fruit character. Big and malty with other flavors of wood, hay, and stone fruit. The finish is long. Not a ballanced brew but the alcohol is discreetly well hidded. Highly recommended.*************************
2005 Vintage: Pours dark charcoal brown, opaque. Nose of dark roasted malt. Medium head when poured w/ medium hangtime. Mellow flavors of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and on the sweet side. She want’s to go Soy but the sweet cloth covers rapidly. Wooded notes w/ slight alcohol on the long finish. A complex brew indeed. Highly recommended.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a cloudy brown with red edges, almost not head and didn’t lace at all. Aroma was of apples caramel malts chocolate. Taste was of a spice, mabye cinnamon sweet malts. Light carbonation. Good solid beer."