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 didnít settle out.
frankenkitty (1960) - 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, itís flavor held brandy, dark fruits and homemade wine. A little rough with light sugars but a harsh burn.
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Lunkie (1484) - 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 wantís 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 (1049) - 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 didnít lace at all. Aroma was of apples caramel malts chocolate. Taste was of a spice, mabye cinnamon sweet malts. Light carbonation. Good solid beer."
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004:a really expensive gift from MA : Took ages to get off the damn cork .pop. pours the brown of the browns. medium pooling of head.great lacing. Choc, caramel apple, raisens, etc in Smell...sip...what a mighty complex beer! lots of flavours from choc to tar to sherry and prunes. woah! Has a very enjoyable everchanging aftertaste! a serious take no prisoners brew, but quite drinkable at the same time, if you sip it. I think if a Port company decided to start making a port-beer, they would use this brew as a control. an amazing beer that I would love to taste aged for a while.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the 2000. The aroma is a complex mixture of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, and a peppery quality. The color is a deep copperish brown with a fizzy tan head. The head disapears immediately. Initially there is a malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a dominate spiceness coupled with a hint of dark fruit. At the finish there is warming alcohol feeling. Overall a pleasent drink with low carbonation and a complex array of aromas and flavors.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from summer SS. 2004 vintage. My first thought of this one was Godiva chocolate liqueur. Lots of milk chocolate and alcohol (bourbon) in the nose and the flavor. Vinous and chocolate in the nose with maybe a little dark fruit (cherry and fig) and a little bit of toffee and licorice. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Very astringent mouthfeel. Very sweet mouthfeel. Too sweet. Too astringent. As it warms, thereís a small puff of smoke and a little roastiness, but itís quickly beaten into submission by the chocolate. For now, itís decent, but Iíd like to pick up another and let it sit for 5+ years to see what happens.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2004, and Draught @ The Moan & Dove, Amherst MA: The draught of this is vintage 2004 as well and is oh so nice. I have several bottle vintages laying down now. Anyways, I am rating the 11 % version. Deep brownish hue, vinous nose, dates, dried fruit, caramel, earthy dirt nose. Palate is perfect balance of malts and seet fruity flavors, vinous, yeast, floral, excellent body, smooth yeast, alcohol, earthy hops finish. Great brew, put it in my pants and shake me down yall.