5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (1998): Caramel in color, hazy, small off-white fizzy head, spotty lacing.   Sweet caramel malt nose... not much hop presence after all these years.   Sweet malty start, caramel and toffee, with a noticable floral like back end.   Seems to have mellowed out over the years, but it has held up rather well.   I wish I had more of this!   Medium to full body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish, lingering sweetness with a touch of that floral aspect.   Perhaps even a bit citrusy as well.   Quite tasty!   Oh how I love these impromptu back room tastings at Bottleworks.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle conditioned vintage 1998). Deep beautiful copper color, cloudy despite careful decanting. Huge, thick, vinuous mouthfeel with faint carbonation. Nice estery fruit front end with an engaging long, drawn-out strongly bitter finish. A little too bitter to be well-balanced, despite the enormous malt. No phenolic or smoky undertones in my glass, although a nice sherry-like oxidation was present, though not overly distracting. A nice beer overall that says "let's have another!"
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: Gorgeous sparkling amber color. Alcohol nose. Malt alcohol taste. Rough around the edges, needs to mellow.
omhper (20169) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My sample was 2 years old. Nut brown and thick. VERY malty, complex and well balanced. Great beer!