sonnycheeba (4031) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, booze, light spice, earthy notes, strawberries, and oak. Flavor is heavy dark fruit esters with some supporting malt; sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
stakem (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to BA ClockworkOrange for contributing this to a tasting held at my place. 2005 offering via 750ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with dark ruby clarity through the body. Slim head of tiny bubbles holds around the outside of the glass. Aroma is sweet with notes of cherry, molasses, caramel, toffee, and just all around burnt sugars. A bit of fruity to floral hop/alcohol notes. Minor tinges of alcohol that transcends into the flavor. Rich with almost a mild salt addition. A touch of oxidation but overall quite a savory brew that is excessively drinkable with a full body and low level of carbonation. I am glad to finally be able to try this brew which I really enjoyed. However, I can’t help but wonder what this brew was like fresh some 7 years ago. Cheers and thanks Jason!
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ygtbsm94 for this one!!! 2005 vintage. Deep burgundy pour. Nose and flavor bring huge cran-grape juice, caramel and molasses sticky sweetness, touches of tannic, vinous notes at the finish. Definite oxidation, but it works all right.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, candied sugar, vanilla (quite HOTD-esque). Sweet but not cloying and a tad bit oxidized. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. This bottle held up quite well. Super excited to try it!
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
translucent amber, mod bubbled cream head than lasts, soft consistent layer. Nose is toffee and cherry sourness, light brown sugar, off soy and plastic notes. Flavor is ultra cherry sweetness and sugary maple syrup. Way too sweet, not overly oxidized but straightforward at this point.
NosirIwont (2044) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours ruby/chestnut with a small khaki head. Aroma is oxidised with dark fruits and a fresh somewhat salty sea note. Flavour is tart and very sweet with notes of berries. Oxidised and with an overtone of the same fresh salty sea note as is in the aroma. Alcohol. Finish is sweet, dark fruits with an alcohol burn. Overall a bit difficult to decipher, but quite nice, although a bit cloying in the long run. Aged well with the oxidisation well-integrated. 17.02.12.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Brad! Clear brown pour with no head. Dark fruit and pretty severe oxidation in the nose lead to grape soda and caramel sweetness. Medium body with and oily texture and sweet finish.
Travlr (14395) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pulled from the ancient fridge shelves of ygtbsm94, thanks! Clear light brown color, small beige head. Aroma of vinous summer fruit and Benedictine. Taste is sweet caramel, liqueur. Very nice, and has held up amazingly well.
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Clear deep amber with a diminishing, larger tan head. No lace. Nose is very red fruits, red wine vinous, fruit juice. Cranberry. Taste is sticky, very sugary, cola sweet. Sugar bomb. Mild bourbon heat.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours hazy burnt toffee with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet and boozy with heavy notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla creme, dried fruit and tobacco. Flavor shows additional notes of bourbon, dates, and coconut. Overall body is full, sweet, and finishes with moderate earth and a touch of oxidation.