vyvvy (5888) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks a bunch to douglas88 for sharing this 2002 bottle - pours golden / orange with an off-white head. The aroma has toffee, caramel, raw dough, brown sugar, mush and dried cherries. It has a medium / full body with a good amount of carbonation for the age on this thing. The taste has woody oxidation, toffee, crusty brad, dried dates / figs, caramel and fall leaves. The finish is woody and oxidized. Nice to have a rarity like this and see it age gracefully.
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks!
A: Cloudy brown with amber hints, thin white head that quickly fades, lacing.
N: Toffee, minerality, oxidation, cherry, burnt brown sugar, toast, and some peppercorn.
T: Sweet and bitter. Decently oxidized.
M: Medium body, light alcohol presence, soft carbonation.
O: Tasty barleywine that’s holding up fantastically even at 13 years old. Oxidation adds rather than detracts.
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Very cool to try this. Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice robust medium white head. A big oxidized fruity malt nose. Sweet, sugary fruity malt base, some oxidized almost paper like notes, apricot and softer fruit. Light honey. Very smooth. Awesome beer. Now, it really drinks like a British BW.
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty worn out at this point. Somewhat cardboardy and oxidized, slightly medicinal finish.
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste, poured out of a magnum at Last Drop Bottle Shop, as part of a 2001-2006-2013 vertical. I figured my chance to try this one was long past, so big thanks to the folks at Last Drop for putting this event together and digging up some cool, old HOTD bottles. Anyway, the beer. Pours a murky orange-gold with a small ring of bubbles. I don’t know why it impresses me when old beers are carbonated, but it does. Aroma of melted caramels, plum, apple, toffee, sherry, nuts. Taste: definitely tastes old, but less oxidized than the 2006 sample was. Moderately sweet, just the slightest hint of bitterness at the end, lasting finish on the dry side. This is one worth sipping. Smooth, creamy, slick medium-full body. Overall: I’m impressed by how well this held up. Probably just a bit past its peak, but still a magnificent beer.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2002 vintage. Shared by Dennis at Alan’s house. Pours brown with off white head. Nose and taste of olive, orange peel, sherry, oxidation and caramel. medium body.
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 2002 vintage thanks to toby. Pours out a dark gold/amber topped with a small head. Aroma of caramel malts nutty wood and some oxidation. Taste is as the nose sweet malts bread and some old hop notes. Has held uppretty well.
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Walt from 2/2009. Should have drank this years ago but was waiting for a special occasion. Nose is toffee, prunes and a little vanilla. Clear rust with a small, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly oxidized with toffee and a light bitterness. Must have been really awesome when it was fresh!
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2001 Magnum poured into my hair of the dog tulip. I found this magnum a week ago while cleaning out my cellar. I had completely forgotten about this! This one was over the hill by a few years. This one thinned out too much. The malts were still there in the aroma and flavor accompanied by a vinous cardboard note. Bummer.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2002 vintage, from Brouwers. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Smells of prune, flowers, orange peel vanilla and a hint of spice. Tastes of an exquisitely forward-hopped prune and cherry, with a medium sweetness counter. Texture is syrupy. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a beautiful spice bouquet. This has aged very well, and I’m happy to have had the opportunity.