asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2000 vintage, on tap at Popeye’s]
Very sherry-like aroma with some toastiness, and plums. Ruby brown with no foam. Nice sherry/port flaovur with pleasant toasty finish and tons of dried fruit. A bit of an ethanol flavour, unfortunately. Full body and very low carbonation.
larsga (6937) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is just thin white ring. Almost opaque black body, just dark red at bottom. Sweet coffee and wild berries aroma, slight earth and chocolate notes. Very harmonic. Deep intense sweet earth, coffee, and wild berries taste with notes of plums and chocolate. Strong alcohol heat. Dry mild aftertaste with vanilla and licorice notes. Excellent beer, even if barley wine is a bit of a stretch. (0.1l on tap? At Popeye.)
DarkMagus (487) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at Popeye’s in Tokyo on 2/18/07. From 2000. Dark brownish, reddish-purple color. Super potent aroma of hops and a vinous, fruity quality. Amazingly huge flavors of hops, sugar, red wine, sweet dried fruits, and caramel. Maybe a slight trace of alcohol. Lightly carbonated, sticky sweet, but super dry finish. Warming alcohol presence. Really special stuff.
jonno (2387) - JAPAN - FEB 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Wow!! Now heres a kicker. Sampled at Popeyes in Tokyo. Really, Really potent and has an exceptional aged nose and prescence. Like a port, with lots of amazing flavours...vinious nature...highly recommended
Capa (2542) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the Tokyo Real Ale Festival. Dark in color with ruby red highlights and a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of sherry, dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor was a beautiful mixture of sherry, whiskey, raisins, yeast, caramel with the alcohol hidden pretty well but still noticeable. Leaves you with a sweet alcoholic finish. The body is thick with minimal carbonation. This was my favorite beer at the festival and something I’ll be coming back to again and again.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Popeye’s in Tokyo. Wine glass, dark ruby, minimal head. Aroma is port, raisins, plum. Flavor is plum, wheat, port, raisins, caramel, chocolate.
CapFlu (4957) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Shared at the PNW Christmas 2006 party at Oakes on December 9th. Lasting tan head with deep brown. Smokey, iodine, cherry. Very meaty for a beer. Malty and sweet. Delicious. Thanks TimE!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown and oily. Nose is lots of dark chocolate. Quite sweet and smooth on the mouth with darker malt flavour and chocolate. Light alcohol on the finish but considering the ABV this one delivers a nice flavour.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ripe fruit, vinous aroma. Pours a copper brown, no head. Very sweet, syrupy almost. Alcohol is well hidden.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Dark tea coloured. Light alcohol nose. Delicious sugary alcohol body. Delicate but very sweet.