gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had bottles and aged from the cask... execellent like all of Tom’s beers. Good malts and hops.
Travlr (20350) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy of maniac, thank you sir! Clear amber color. Aroma of rusty caramel. Taste is sweet and sticky caramel.
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ The WWGT2D? Tasting. I hope travlr doesn’t rate this. Amber with a small head. The nose is oxidized, as you’d expect. SOme sherry and rotting cherry. Cardboard sprinkled with cocoa powder. The taste is a great advertisement for the benefits of cellaring. Nasty cardboard. Mildly soured cherries. Bear claw donut. Light body, soft carbonation.
jtclockwork (13525) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Alan at his house. Pours brown with no head. Nose and taste of oxidation, sherry, caramel and bready malt. Lighter medium body.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Join me, as I enjoy a Taste of History!
Appearance: Cautiously poured a deep amber-hued body, quite clear, due to the yeast packed into the bottom of the bottle due to years of quiet solitude. No head beyond a few, large stray bottles.
Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, some cooked honey, and aged-derived notes of cardboard and a hint of metal. Some dark fruitiness, some dirty socks.
Taste: Toasted breadcrusts, forgotten grains, and a low, supporting honeyesque sweetness. Raisins, loose change, and some water-logged cardboard.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. No remaining carbonation.
Overall: This had been another installment of... a Taste of History!
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottled shared by maniac at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a clear amber color with nearly no head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, daint leafy hops and light toasty notes. The taste is citrus and leafy hops with tart-cherry like notes. Medium-full bodied.
obguthr (5424) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Buttered toast, honey, and almond aroma. Clear copper, headless. Tart tea and elderberry flavor. Superb honey finish. Fantastic!
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Other) Malty with dark fruit notes and some wine in the aroma. Clear copper with little head. Malty with some nice oxidation and a slight sour twang. Dark fruit notes. Finish is lightly sour and fruity with light bitterness.
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Pours a dull amber with ring of near white head. Nose is sweet caramel, biscuit, and some oxidation. Flavor is a little cardboard, sweet apples. Medium palate. Decent for the style i suppose? Easy drinker.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from kp. Served into a snifter. Pour is hazy nut brown with a small ring of sticky white head. Aromas of rasins, caramel, faded hops, and sweet fruit. Flavor is mellow and smooth with caramel, rasin, and plum. Past its prime but still enjoyable.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (3 years old?), courtesy GodOfThunder. Pours a hazy, reddish amber color with a dense, foamy, khaki colored head. Minimal, spotty lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, light caramel and bready yeast dominating lesser notes of toffee, floral hops, and peppery spice. Flavors follow suit, sweet biscuit and toasted bread showing in the forefront, with staunch floral hops following through. Dark fruits emerge at the mid point, mostly figgy, but reaching as far as sweet-tart strawberry. Medium-plus bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel doesn’t impress, but doesn’t disappoint either. As others have noted, it’s certainly not at its best, but it is still solid even at this age.