DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002 vintage reserve bottle from North Wales. This beer was a wonderful find. It looks old, it smells old, it tastes old, and those are wonderful things. The pour is ruddy muddy turbid light brownish, with off-white head. The color of mud on an old running shoe left in your grandmotherís barn. The aroma is of caramel, cobwebby, dank malts, plus some funky fruits and moldy toffee. The flavor is complex, hitting you with some fruit and caramel malt up front, but it is old fruit, and the caramel malts have spent some time in your uncleís root cellar. The finish is rather on the dense side and complex, with a lot of old smoky fruits hitting the tongue, including orange, grape, pear, and apple, pus a good finishing dose of funky malt and oats. A very unique style and a very delicious style. Iron Hill has done it again, and thatís the bottom line.
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and caramel. Flavor is caramel, bitterness, roast. Not a good style for me, but drinkable.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy, perfumey, floral hops along with some clean, toasty, caramel malt character and plenty of fruity esters in the aroma, but it never seems to come together for me. Opaque tan body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to partial cover. Raisins, bittersweet chocolate and plums figure prominently in the nutty and sugary flavour. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, cathschlag, MartinT, Rastacouere, Olivier_MTL, Siroy and Yowie.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.6 oz. bottle. Pours opague brown with a large beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, fruit, slight hops to the nose also. Flavor is smooth, carbonated, citrus, slightly hoppy, caramel, slight roasted notes in the finish also. Good body, decent brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Hazy amber pour with floaties and a thin tan head. Very nice aroma of caramel and peated malt. Very good flavor of caramel and peated malt, itís very malt-oriented and reminds me of a scotch ale. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
Previous rating : 7/3/73/14 3.4
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 750mL. Light copper-apricot shade with a serious cloudiness, quickly losing its small white head. Fruity example and lightly tart, hinting at vinegar and I canít say I dislike that part, it suggests gently of apricots, tomatoes and just juicy fruits, but is accompanied by sulphuric matchstick evasions. In mouth, it surprises with a richness I had not suspected, old-ale like indeed with sweet and correct aged maple flavours, lightly floral, honeyed nectar, all soft and straightforward. I kinda liked the taste, but it didnít have much mouthfeel to go along with toward the further step. Medium bodied tired juiciness. Little flavour carrying there, dulled out carbonation. Why age it at all?
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A ring of head sticks to the blood orange dress.
-Creamy yeastiness and sweet fruity esters rise calmly.
-Fruity caramel and meek roastiness dominate the yeastiness.
-The creamy body offers a pleasant malt complexity.
-This is definitely on the malty side of things.
What if you dig deeper?
-In the 2002, dryness appeared in the back, as is a void, probably due to its old age. The 2004 showcased an earthy, leafy hop bitterness which was quite pleasant.
-Toffee character is nicely fitting with the earthiness.
-The 2002ís flavors seemed to be disorganizing with time; it must have been more cohesive earlier on. The 4-year-old 2004 was in fine form though.
-I didnít see any reason to age this 2002 as long as it had been aged; yet another strike for vintage beers in my book. On the other hand, the 4-year-old 2004 had aged very nicely, even though I would have loved to try it earlier on.
Bottles from the 2002 (3.3/5) and 2004 (3.7/5) vintages.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sitting here waiting on Santa Claus and this beer fits the bill. Courtsey of hopdog, the 2004 bottled version pours caramel brown with a small white head. Man is this a good beer. Aroma is pure caramel. Flavor is malty sweetness balanced by mild hop flavor with light alcohol notes. Reminds me of Fish Tail Old Woody.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark orange amber with off-white tan bubbly head. Vinuous, earthy, caramel aroma. Flavor is sweet, earthy, roasted caramel, hop. Smooth, soft palate.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). 2002 vintage. Poured a dark and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, light smoke, cherries, lightly vinous, and dark fruits (reminded of a barley wine). Tastes of dark fruits, nuts, caramel, and light smoke. Enjoyable.