RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. ’05 bottle. Thanks to miketd for sharing. Aroma: Roasted malt with notes of coffee, cigar smoke, and chocolate. Significant oxidation. Toffee, plums and figs, anise. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. No head or lacing. Flavor: Big note of coffee, smoke, chocolate, molasses, grape jelly and prunes. Finishes medium sweet with a lingering taste of coffee and brown sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall: I never expected to try this beer, so it was a treat to do so. There was some oxidation here, but overall this beer has held up well. Very good and was probably even better when it was fresh.
Travlr (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy, of course, of ygtbsm94, thanks again! Very dark brown, no head worth mentioning. Aroma of celery salt and cocoa powder. Taste of milk chocolate and burned coffee not bad.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2005 vintage thanks to ygtbsm94 for bringing this! Bad dark fruit, huge caramel, off green pepper. Vegative. I feel privileged to have tried this, but the bottle was terrible.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
hazy sepia, red hints, white ring so thin, like day after new moon. Nose is sour milk, toffee oxidation, light sugars and brownie. Flavor is oily and flat, heavy old ale toffee oxidation, cigarette, light chocolate.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
750mL. Deep pour, beige head. Weak retention. Cigarette and mushroom nose with salty olive. Lots or Marmite. Taste is salty, tangy, sharp with HUGE cigarette ash. Intolerable. Could not finish. Super metallic and soil/dirty with ash. Ick.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with no head. Lots of bready oxidized malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Rich toffee and oily sickness. Cool to try, but not the biggest fan.
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94, 2005 by way of cquiroqua. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt, lightly oxidized, prunes, plums, and figs. Flavor is malt dominant, light oxidized, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (5043) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, oak, faint earthy hops, sherry, and black pepper. Flavor is malt dominate with faint supporting dark fruit esters and hops; dry, dark chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle thanks to Dr.Bill. Pours with a black body with small particles, minimal off-white head. Aromas of soy, molasses, brown sugar, port, dark fruit and maltballs. Flavors are big, rich cocoa, dark fruits, light ash and smoke. Soy sauce and some noticeable oxidation. Low bubbles, thick.
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Dark brown almost black pour, with small tan had. Roasted malts, grain, chocolate, oak, some coffee, musty/oxidized, oily, and a little caramel sweetness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, Batch 1, dated 9/18/2005 and consumed 5 years later in August 2010. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing this rarity that I never thought I’d get to try. Pouring nearly pitch black, with just a subtle glint of crimson showing when strongly backlit, the body sports a small blanket of smooth, light brown foam at the head. The lasting cap gives jagged ribbons and small, organic splotches of lacing. Rich, dense aromatics kick off with stewed figs, raisin bread, oxidized caramel, and sweet, earthy molasses. Roasted barley grain and chocolaty, toasty mocha offer a welcomed balancing effect. Flavors are largely the same, strongly leaning towards dark, stewed fruits with choco-coffee roast, earthy molasses, oxidized cocoa and caramel. There’s a big of a fudge-like quality as well. The palate is pretty creamy up front and medium-full in stature, finishing semi-dry and perhaps a little bit chalky. Overall, it’s still very good, even at this advanced age. I don’t doubt, however, that this was once much more pulled together and refined. It reminds me a lot of Expedition of approximately the same age. I’d bet that this stuff was killer at about 1-2 years.