hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Greene King offering is a delight after their thin, dreary IPA. The aroma was Christmas pudding and sweet sherry. Delicious smoky, coffee flavour with a finish reminiscent of tiramisu.
Dorwart (2466) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Decent dense head. Creamy on top. Very light carbonation. Great aroma. Rich, malty with a hint of bourbon and dark fruit. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Flavor is a little sweet and malty. Also a little bit thinner than expected. Bit of oak, dark fruit (grapes) again and a hint of sourness, probably from the oak. Very good though. Very little hops presence. Finish is clean and slightly sour. Pretty good stuff.
ALLOVATE (2724) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one turned out to be an absolute pleasure to drink. Complex, yet very sessionable. Tasted from the bottle, it poured a deep cola brown, with ruby hints. A short tight beige head lasted until the end, and laced well down the glass. A complex malt and hop aroma wafted generously, producing smoky roasted grain and coffee, plums and some vinous aromas, with a hint of chocolate and tart hops. In the mouth, an initial lovely, creamy mouth feel, and low carbonation, gave way to a lightly sweet front, sherry and dry red wine notes, dry roasted coffee grains and a long, warming roasted malt swallow. Good union of flavours, well balanced and smooth as silk. Managed to restore my faith in Greene King, so I think I’ll have another. Lovely!!!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How about a complex, smooth, balanced and very flavorful experience. Oh yeah, this hit the Old Ale spot for me.
Geiserich (3863) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. 2000 Vintage.
Light sourly aroma, sherry notes.
Dark brown color, small brown head. Flavor with notes of wood, resin (reminds on Retsina). Malty, fruity, sherry notes. Warming. Strange brew.
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to rickgordon. Fruity malty aroma, ripe with plum, bordeaux, oak, Twizzlers, chocolate, raisins, and dried dates. Dark brown, hints of maroon, clear with thin light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, some carbonic burn and light warming. Starts rather dry and woody, not as malty and sweet as the nose would have you believe. Mild acidity throughout, carbonic. Decent bittering from the start, with plum and oak, some Twizzlers. Finish is woody and laced with some roasted character, medium bitterness. After is nutty and softly bitter. Nice ale.
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Rolls Royce of an English vintage ale - classy, refined and very smooth. It poured a tawny colour with a moderate frothy tan head. The nose is dominated by licorice, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue. It has a soft chocolatey body with some dried fruit and faint winelike notes and a gentle bitter finish. This would be great with the right cheese. (Bottle)
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottled. 2000 Vintage. Dark red/brown colour. Small to medium head. Coffeish aroma, also caramelly and toffeish. Tastes roastmalty, caramelly, slightly sweet and coffeish. Slightly woody. Mediumbodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish with a slight lingering sweetness. I really love this stuff.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogony pour, small head. Strong notes of rich pitted fruit, malt, and whiskey. Medium body. Fruity notes, cherry and plums, long sweet aftertaste of prunes. Rich and hearty flavor, very nice, but I just don’t like it as much as it seems I would...
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured dark dark brwown, almost black with a good chocolate head that faded fast.
Aroma of malt, smoke,spice.
Medium thin body wirh a roasty flavor and light fruits .
Taste of chocolate on the palate.