sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, caramel, molasses, some dark fruits. Flavor, sweet almost cloying, some spice, caramel, and lots of oxidation. The 01 had held up much better.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Cleveland Tasting. Had this one right after the 2001. I prefered the 01. This was flavored a bit differently. Still sweet. Some cherries, and bourbon flavor coming through. Sweet malts and brown sugar.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a tasting provided generously by... me! A tasty brew and pretty well aged, but didn’t hit the heights of the 01 IMO. Big oxidized flavor, sherry, old grimy hops. A touch of sweetness. Mostly flat. A little licorice from the Maris Otter. Decently aged but boring.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to puzzl. Golden / brown pour. Aroma is malty, a little pilsner like, and some fruit. The flavor is the same, some sweet caramel, and toffee. Another decent, but less than stellar brew.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tan head topped off a cloudy reddish/brown body. The aroma was basically sweet with notes of dried fruit, caramel, whiskey, and maple bacon. The taste starts off sweet then the alcohol kicks in and give that esophageal warmth in the swallow. Quite good.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Steve for breaking open this beer. Pours dark brown with almost no head to it. Very sweet complex aroma that reminded me of Sam Adams triple bock. Woody and chocolaty flavors up front, hints of port, plum, and a touch of oxidation. Like a triple bock, but lightened up on the palate, a bit flat. I really enjoyed this beer.
heemer77 (5198) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks for sharing iowaherkeye. The body was brownish and amber colored with no carbonation. The aroma was sweet caramel with some cherries. Lots of oxidation. The taste had some old shrry along with some cardboard. There was hints of leather and some clove that came off in a bad way. This was past it’s prime.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by Iowaherkeye, thanks Joey. poured a slightly cloudy medium amber with no head or lacing. had a sweet caramel aroma but unfortunately this bottle was pretty flat and past its prime. flavor was mostly cardboard but did have some malt and a bit of dark fruit lurking around.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy amber color with no head. The aroma had oxidized shrry notes. Also sweet sugary malt with some dark fruit. The flavor had a sweet start then finished dry. Some dried fruit flavor. Woody and warming with some bitterness and alcohol pepper on the finish. Dry with a medium body.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as an extra from Clark, which was passed on after SuIIy brought a bottle over. Much thanks to the both of you. Medium brown, no head whatsoever. Cardboard was about all I could get from the aroma. Flavor loaded with caramel, residuel malts, faint raisin, not much else, but not cloying at all. Mouthfeel silky smooth. Decent.