Cunningham (5626) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber colour with a small off white head. Nice mild and complex aroma. Fruity, light hoppy and some wood. Full body with a really great balanced sweetness. Also a nice bitterness. Rich, but not overkill. Some plums in the flavour? Nice balanced sweetness with some wood and hopps in the flavour. Lovely beer! Smooth carbonation and very well hidden alcohol.
[Bottle, 18th Anniversary, from Systembolaget Nordstan in Göteborg, Sweden]
vikingguy (925) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber. Lots of wood in the aroma and taste. Oaky, rich malt, prominent hops. Unique and the more you drink it the more it grows on you.
zgaier (1633) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white headband sweet woody aroma. Taste is well balanced, of hops, fruits, malt, wood, and caramel with a bitter finish. Unique, good tasting brew.
jjgmd (1709) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rusty copper color with a small head. Nose is woody, oaky with a malty sweetness. Taste is not overwhelmingly sweet but oaky with some mild bitterness, very smooth and drinkable. Finish is short and sweet. Descent and solid. quaff score 8 / 10
bytemesis (4599) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber, small off white head, bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, light wood. Flavor is the same, light port, medium sweet, light bitter. Quite malt forward, and clearly aged. Medium body.
asheft (2705) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Orange, CA]
Slightly cardboardy spicy vanilla oak and pine aroma. Almost clear dark bronze under large white bubbles that lace the glass. Tangy and salty vanilla oak in front of sweet caramel malt that is balanced slightly overmuch with hops bitterness. Faint apricot and plenty of dried fruit--even some nuts together with a sherry-like. Medium body, medium carbonation, lingering tangy bitterness.
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18th anniversary. Aromas of oak, vanilla, and citrus. Poured copper with about 2 inch white head that hung around. Complex taste. You get the oak and that really balances it the traditional hoppiness. Very smooth.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
17th Anniversary Bottle on 23 April 2011.
Deep ruby tinted coloured body with a copper glow and a thinnish, fast-dying two centimetre head and a ton of sediment floating in the balance. Aroma of pungent wood, oak, vanilla, peat, alcohol and a light earthy and nutty hoppiness with some good malt as well. Full-bodied; Pungent alcohol, pit fruit, oak, vanilla, peat, grass notes with hops and caramel by far the strongest - very nice, and very flavourful. Aftertaste is quite potent and complex with the oaky and woodsy flavours going full force, then some nice sweetness like a barleywine coupled with the hoppiness of an imperial IPA make for a very well done combination. Overall, this is reminiscent of a hopped barley wine to me, but with perhaps some more oaky and earthy flavours than you even find in a Barley Wine. This one was aged quite nicely, and still showed a bunch of complexity and surprisingly a good amount of hops - but without so much bite. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York, New York (Bowery Location) almost a year ago on 25-November-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington the day before Thanksgiving on 21-November-2012, and the bottle was roughly a year and a half old.
Crispy34 (465) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share of the 16th. The aroma is kinda hoppy, but reminds me more of a barley wine than a ipa. The appearance is cloudy, burnt orange. The taste starts a little hoppy and finishes more barley wine than anything else. The palate is a little too hop dry for my taste. Overall, a good beer. Would buy one fresh to see if it is better.
jmgreenuk (5802) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a Den Haag RB tasting. A lovely reddish amber pour with a medium bubbly head. A lovely rich hoppy malty woody aroma. The flavour follows the aroma with a huge chewy hoppy rich warm malty flavour. A superb flavourful ale.