cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had this at the 2011 Pittsburgh Ratebeer Christmas Eve Eve Tasting. Had this courtesy of mtoast. Not sure why he lets me taste these, I think he gets a kick out of the way my face looks when I get it in my mouth, such a joker. When we popped the cork on this I swear there was no co2 release. No head. Just plain dark and still looking. Smell, I’m told is the smell of oxidized beer but I’m not expert enough to say for sure. First taste? Well, let me tell you; smooth strong watered down whiskey. Perhaps this could be considered near beer but just barely, more like a PA state store thing going on here. Finish is flat whiskey laced something. Cheap whiskey that is. There you go Hart plowing over my taste buds once again. Pass over that gallon of water for a chaser. I want to say, regardless of my rating that I am very lucky to have mtoast allow me the chance to taste this rare beer. THANKS HART!
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark sepia, large bubbled gravity pour dies fast. Buttery cheese nose, light cardboard and chocolate, dates and bit of sugar through the finish, cardboard and paper lasting.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-red, beige small cover. Aroma is cocoa and cinnamon, oxidation. Taste is sweet, lots of dark fruit, light cinnamon. spiced. Interesting but a bit old.
esox (1069) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drunk 13.12.2011 (so, aged for 3 years.) @ Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu, Finland.
Pitch black beer, the head is minimal in this aged version. Very deep roasted notes, lots of cold coffee, milk chocolate and charred bread. Dark cherry and plum notes, raisins, slightly port wine-like. Hints of toasted vanilla, toasted almonds and licorice. The flavor still starts sweetish, slightly rhum-like and caramel syrupy. Finishes considerably drier and highly complex mixing intense dry fruitiness with woody sherry notes, dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Medium body, silky texture with flat carbonation. Nice, aged touch of alcohol. This beer really seems to age beautifully after all. The 2010 version at its first birthday wasn’t even nearly as good as this.
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
As compared to 2007, the aroma has more caramel and less spice. Flavor is also thin and watery. Dark brown.
kappldav123 (5001) - GERMANY - SEP 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to yespr for that one. Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Fruity-dry aroma. Starts mild, almost washy, modest dry, some alcoholic notes. Finish still very mild, not very complex. Rather disappointing.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old amateur rating: Dark brown with a fine brown head. Malty aroma. Flavor is sweet and has good bitterness.
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy darker brown coloured beer with average carbonation and a small off-white head. Strong malty and yeasty roasted aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter sweet old madeira herby alcoholic. Not bad.
tiong (3773) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio. Originally rated on 18.6.2010. Slightly worse than the 2009 version. A bit unbalanced.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@dmacs-750ml bottle-thanks to dmac for sharing–pours no head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is cocoa/roasty-dark malt, some dark fruit. Taste is cocoa/roasty/ashy-dark malt, earthy hops.