jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had today at the brewery. part of their libray series. Havenít had it fresh, but definetly would say (according to the other ratings) that this has calmed down, and was very enjoyable. To bad they didnít release this at a later date.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1999. Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma is sweet corn, light dms, pine sol, thick candied fruits, caramel malts, toffee, and sharp molasses. Flavor is pine, resin, solvent, acetone, cedarwood oils, nutty, pine nuts, grass, toffee and caramel and a moderate bitterness, then gets kinda harsh and astringent with more pine solvent as it warms. meh.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
pours hazed amber, nose of vinager paper fusels paint thinner, fl
paint thinner chems brown sugar. glad i got to try this rare old beer but god was it awful.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a murky dark brownish black, more dark amber edges. Small offwhite head rings. Aromas are caramel, toffee, biscuits, dark fruit. Initial is a bit oxidized, toffee and caramel. Dark fruit, a touch of molasses, faint floral, finish is malty though, aged. Interesting, a bit dead overall, aged into a decent sweet maltiness, light oxidaation, biscuits and toffee, flourishes of dark fruit. A bit old but still tasty, thinned a bit.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at DLD 08 thanks to BillVanE. Even after 8+ years it retained its alcohol heat and the many flavors of a barely wine youíd come to expect. Always worth a try if you have the chance to find one.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a hazy light brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is not good. Oxidation, old paper and cheese. Some sweet malt underneath. The flavor is much better. Aged and mildly oxidized malt. Some sweetness and a touch of fruit. Medium bodied with some warmth. I canít complain too much due to the age of this.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Boboski
muddy brown, wispy beige head,
huge oaky aroma with vanilla sweetness and dark caramel,
rich dark hot caramel malt flavor, lots of woody character, touch of vanilla sweetness, lasting bitterness grows out of the oaky character,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999. What a surprise this was. Eight years after bottling it still had life and finesse. Good grief this thing looks murky. Dark caramel colors and a thin head thatís surprisingly resistant to decline. The aroma is composed of four major components, each sharing an equal portion of the bill: toffee, caramel, alcohol and dark nameless fruits. There are mild spice hints but theyíre so miniscule theyíre not innoffensive or bothersome, just sort of lurking at the edge of the reality that is the old beer nose. The flavor is quite charming in its relaxed state. Alcohol warmth is only mild. Sweetness is medium-high, bitterness low and a quaint astringency settles at the outskirts of the palate. The finish is lightly bitter and lightly spicy, caramel and toffee lingering a short while. The mouthfeel is not too dissimilar to sherry, medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Wow, a new Holland beer I would drink again, finally, and itís irreplaceable. Figures.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Dark, murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is perfumey and full of dark-fruit with an evident undertone of toffee. Sweet, rich caramel flavor with faintly bitter hops. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and ticklish carbonation. Interestingly spicy finish. Bottle courtesy of boboski!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz Bottle. Thanks much Sean! Aroma with settled caramel, oak, vinous malt. Light spice and long reduced hops. A nice burnished ruddy brown, quite clear. No head. Flavor is a calm, gently spicy wood tone. Sandalwood to be exact, backed with some tea-like musk and a smattering of Mediterranean spices, bright. Classic old yeast and aging malt flavors, some certain oxidation, of course, at this age. Dry. Not bad after 7 years, really. Iím happy to have gotten a chance to try this really rare treat.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy boboski. 1999 vintage. Pours a dark caramel brown with no head. Kind of a soapy smell, combination of unusual spices and malts. Didnt care for the smell much. The flavor has a large dose of bitterness, sweet malts, with a syrupy texture. The age has seemingly taken an effect on it, but it is still drinkable and overall not too bad.