Beerheart65 (797) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear ruby with mahogany tone in mix, big creamy, beige head that leaves bit sticky lacing. Sweet aroma has both nice caramel malt and balancing hoppy pine notes, bit spices?. Inviting aroma anyway. Sipping this feels quite thick and heavy, has lots of warming alcohol, kicks bit in a good way, sweet flavor is malty and long lasting to finish, pine is there also. Still aroma is the nicer part here. Warming one for cold winter nights
mikkopen (743) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Clear dark reddish brown colout, tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, dried fruits, earthy notes and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is roasted malty, with notes of coffee and fruits, and a dryish, slightly resiny hoppy finish with a little alcohol warmth. Good stuff.
Dermi (560) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml, bottled. Pours clear dark ruby with a fine beige head. Aroma: Malt, cellar aroma, potato sack. Taste: Medium sweet, pleasant bitterness. Nice mild sour component. Palate: Near medium body, pleasantly bitter. Nice one, I will grab a couple more of these for cellaring.
Concealer (458) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a light tan head. Aromas of toasty malt, chocolate, caramel and some spicing. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, light coffee, and spices- light bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth with a lingering sweetness.
mile (2444) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber, hazy, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate to full, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, light caramel and some tropical fruitiness, some piney hoppyness and light alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, light caramel and light roasted malt, light tropical fruitiness and some piney hoppyness, light alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, light roasted malt and faint fruitiness, some piney hoppyness, some alcohol. OK aroma but finish almost totally lacks the fruitiness - finish has too much alcohol. Not too sweet though (due to alcohol and bitterness).
Erikh04 (66) - - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First old ale. Very good. Hides alcohol well. Smooth finish. Would definitely get again.
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574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, opaque mahogany with reddish brown edges and a thinner khaki-tan head that leaves some splotchy, hanging lace. Really awesome complex malty nose involving toasted malt, almonds, milk chocolate, some gentle smoke, savory oak, cherries, dates, with some pine and tropical fruit hanging out in the background. A lot of sweetness in the flavor, also a pretty substantial bitterness. Heavy bodied, rich, syrupy, softer carb, toward tannic and drying, with a lingering woodsy bitter finish. Killer brew, so many good things happening. Just right strength-wise. Awesome.
M82 (173) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An extremely dark mahogany body flashes an occasional cherry highlight, capped by a 1.5" creamy khaki head with a frothy crown which dissipates within a couple minutes leaving a solid ring and dense smooth lacing fading to several erratic peninsulas and islands, each vintage offering a slightly shorter, more delicate head
2013 Bottled OCT 18 2013
Dark caramel, chocolate, and pecan pie accented with coffee and lightly tart baked apple, all meshing to suggest waves of dates, the creamy medium body presents a strong additional layer of roast which resonates and dries to create deeper dried dark fruit characteristics with hints of ash
2012 Bottled AUG 31 2012
Cherry and prune juice, berry nuances, fig, caramel chocolate pie, hints of peach cobbler, fruity sweet on a smoother, cleaner palate with a fairly nondescript finish, lightly colored fruit characteristics resonate, moving back to the 2013 vintage reveals amplified coffee aromatics
2011 Bottled AUG 31 2011
Subdued dark fruit characteristics with an earthy influence, baked yellow apples, integrated, subdued components with slightly spicy yeast esters on a silky smooth, almost syrupy medium palate, as the subtle flavors resonate and build, english tea and bland muffins come to mind, the roast quality from the fresh batch returns, very earthy and subtle compared to latest vintages
2010 Bottled NOV 24 2010
Overripe light fruit and toffee initially flood the senses, blending into a flash of white wine nuances, settling on brown sugar honey drizzled melon with peach accents on a smooth medium body, working back through the aromas of all four vintages, the fresh batch comes off as pungent coffee, fruity, overripe, caramel or toffee embossed aromatics are represented in the middle vintages, and the eldest’s matured sweet honey and brown sugar layer is unique
12oz bottles served at 55º into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree brandy snifters
5lickv1c (60) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice, roasted flavor with lots of sweetness and quite boozy. Pretty malty, with a good balance. I get a bit of bit of plums and yeast as well. Refreshing finish.
Chrisis1980 (16) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This will definitely keep you warm while hibernating. That’s a lot of taste packed in a little bottle.
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