gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Getting hard to find, now brewed in Austria. The high alcohol is not as present as expected. Good flavor, smokey and malts.
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Pours amber/orange. One of the clearest beers I can recall. No head or discernible carbonation. Aroma is muted citrus with stronger dark fruits present. Taste is sweet (all caps, finger stuck on exclamation point). Cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, orange, syrup...it’s hard to pull much. Alcohol bites the tongue. Intriguing but hard to finish one bottle.
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellared 1995 bottle. Poured cloudy nut brown with some small bubbles on the glass, but no head whatsoever. Herbal aroma with some candy-sweetness. Had a touch of a medicinal note, which (combined with the cloudiness) makes me think it’s oxydized some. Body is considerably thinner than when fresh, but still notably oily. The sweetness and boozy quality that this beer had when fresh is toned down considerably. There is a lingering earthy note with an herbal flavor as well. Some of the malty sweetness remains, with a caramel note to it. There was an "off" note all-around that leads me to believe that this bottle was in the process of going bad. Have another that has been kept refrigerated almost 100% of the aging time, will try and re-rate at that time.
Budboy (6) - - JAN 21, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich plum and fruity. Rests on the palette nicely. Good for sipping and relaxing.
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mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250mL bottle, shared generously by fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a deep dark mahogany with minimal head. Nose brings out notes of dark dried fruits, some soy sauce, and notes of sherry. Flavour is remarkably complex, with notes of soy sauce, dried dark fruits, caramel, and candied sugar. No notes at all of oxidation, which is remarkable for a 16-17 year old beer. ABV is remarkably well-hidden as well. This has stood the test of time - excellent elegant sipper.
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice marroon color, thin head. The first thing you taste is a rather unpleasent teriyaki sauce flavor, followed by a lot of alcohol. As your palate becomes more accustomed to it, though, subtle flavors of walnuts, figs, butter and toffee begin to emerge
Eructoblaster (2853) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 330ml. Cola brown body with average carbonation and a thin off-white bubbly head. Rich, enjoyable malty/hoppy aroma with cinnamon, oaky, and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its robust malty/hoppy taste carries caramel, cinnamon, oaky, and fruity notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Too bad it is not brewed anymore.
leebotton (146) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours fizzy clear dark red brown. Aroma of boozy, corn, metallic. Caramelized malt. Sweet strong caramel and toffee flavour almost like alcoholic molasses, sherry like. Very sweet but I do enjoy that. Definitely a good Christmas drink bit lacks a bit of complexity. The metallic aroma lets it down but a unique bottle nonetheless
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
5/XII/13 - 25cl bottle @ home - BB: IX/2000 - 1997 vintage (bottled) (2013-1121) Thanks to Franck for the bottle!
Clear dark brown to purple beer, no head. Aroma: chocolate, port, walnuts, orange peel, very spicy, alcohol, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol up front, bit sourish, sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, bit oxidized, dry, slightly hoppy. Aftertaste: some alcohol, caramel, orange peel, bit nutty, quite some marzipan, bitter hops, port notes, mocha, some overripe banana. Amazing beer, has kept extremely well during these 16 years of ageing...
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kupfer, kaum schaum, aroma etwas fruchtig, alkoholisch, malzsüsse, leicht löungsmittel, geschmack extrem süss, zuckrig/sirup, zu dominierend, etwas fruchtig, fein peickelnde rezenz
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yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 1996 vintage. Almost clear, light brown in color and with a minimal sized off-white head. Meaty, malty aroma with dried fruit notes, prunes, some burnt hints and a distinct oxidation note that doesn’t do any harm. It’s sweet on the palate, full-bodied and not as warming as I’d expect. Some pine cone notes, as well as wort, malts and raisins. Lasting finish. A really wonderful one, surviving all the cellar years very well. Pity it’s gone now. 130111