pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity raisin taste. Good stuff.
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 Same body as their Elizabethan Ale but fruitier (all sorts of berries, cherries, grapes)...Same down side also...Every flavor plummets in the end...Very oxidation prone, as salt and vanilla sometimes mix unpleasantly...
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of raisins in te aroma. Very sweet taste with raisins and porto. Alcohol present, but well hidden. Syrupy, thick and oily. Perfect winter warmer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet and syruppy, elegance is a word that never springs to mind with this beer (although it did just then, didn’t it?) but its just to raisiny, sticky and syruppy, leaves an Ok flavour in your mouth, a bit sweet for me.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 2000 edition, 275 ml bottle drank on 3/11/02: Almost no head with a light ruby color. Wood/spice wine taste and aroma. Finishes more like wine than beer.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2000)Deep,deep red/copper. Almost no head. Huge nose of dark bready malt,molasses,nuts, sherry and more. Simlar to harvest ale. Medium to thick in body. Damn, mouth is bombarded with sweet heavy malt,nuts,raisons,lightly sour wine notes,caramel, spices and more. Very soft, mellow and rounded. Its 2 years old and I cant see it getting better then it is. Oh yeah its 8% and its blended beautifully. A fantastic beer that should be sipped and savored.
pilsnerrogge (2396) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet, very bitter finish, not bad at all.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 2001: Musty, cherry, wood, pepper, tobacco, and vinous aroma. Quite impressive. First sip took me by surprise with such a soft mouthfeel and slight carbo. Very subtle oxidation. Some sort of candied fruit; could it be raisins? Round, soft, and juicy. Supplies a tinny tinge on my tongue. Dominant lingering cedar/evergreen aftretaste. Hops are more noticeable in the finish at room temperature. Also a dry finish. This is a world-class English beer. Indeed, Sherry fans would enjoy thoroughly. Old ale/Barleywine/Strong ale? This defies classification.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost tasted like a mild spicy wine, very good for the winter.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s a wonderful (yet non-Belgian) funk to this, like shaoxing rice wine, peeking out from behind strong biscuity malt. I would not describe this as heavily hopped, but the taste is there.