Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 275 ml bottle shared in Avon NC. Vintage 2005. Pours a hazy amber with a feint off white head that quickly disappears. Sweet port aroma. Flavors of port, oak and candy sugar. Very sweet but a fabulous dessert beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Well concealed alcohol, but present in the finish.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 version. Perhaps my least favourite Harvest version due to the sweetness being turned up to Care Bear level. Still a thing of rich, viscous beauty. The sherry is less pronounced than the other barrels, but as I said, it’s a bit cloying. Still, as always, the base beer is superb.
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage. Murky brown pour, tiny brown head. Huge aroma of sweet bready, brown sugar/port soaked bread. Soft mouthfeel, low carb. Huge burnt sugar boozy finish. Loads of dark super ripe fruits. Low bitterness, a nice sipper.
sailracer (389) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Bottle, 2011 Vintage. Pours a murky reddish brown with small head. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of currants with hints of wine. The taste is very sweet with honey flavors to go with the currants. There is a strong port component in the body of this ale with a sour, grape-like aftertaste. Very unique flavors. Ok overall- I got tired of the flavor before I finished the bottle.
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle. Malt all the way, raisins and caramel. Port comes through a little, but closest to the non-barrel version, except somehow this one had a lovely light carbonation that the others lacked, and that was superb.
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, with some oak, leather and booze. The flavor has some nice grape notes, as well as some port character that is accompanied by some oak. Overall, this beer is sweeter than the other four variants. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, little bit of wood and red wine in the aroma. More sugary sweet than the regular version. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma dominated by port sweetness, some caramel and toffee. Poured a dirty ruby with beige head. Taste follows the nose with a very odd sausage-like saltiness... very interesting beer, really enjoy the port aging but wish the layers were more easily perceived and that there wasn't that odd salt spice character.
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durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours cloudy chestnut with intimidating chunks hanging around. Ring of beige head. Nose is vinous and slightly vegetal. Sweet toffee underneath. Taste adds great wood, char, and a slight bit of tang from the port. And of course lots of toffee. Full body. Worth it once, for sure.
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big malty aroma with a boozy liquor component. Light amber color with almost no head. Great malty flavor with only a bit of port. 2010 bottle and I’m detecting a slight oxidation. Not enough port flavor in my opinion.