The_Osprey (4852) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle share at the Cadís 10 year tasting. Thanks! This is an old beer. Black with a red hue, no head at all. Aroma is meaty, bovril, really sweet molasses. Classic aged beer with plenty of oxidation. Body is medium to full, no carbonation, smooth. Taste is really sweet, boozey, brick dust, masonry, salty, meaty, a little dry. Not the sort of thing Iíd generally go for, but very glad to try it.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Just huge thanks to Ang Reakt. Like a dry oloroso sherry. Soy sauce salt. Just stunning. Meaty bovril. Lovely. Amazing.
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lets go to the Jockey Box
1995 Steven Adam Triple Box, shared by friend, not in dining room, for make the taste!
Pours black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.
Pours pitch black and flat.
The aroma certainly offers some soy sauce & mushrooms. Itís also got a great toffee thing going on, itís got some brine, & some chocolate. Honestly this particular bottle has more going for it than not aromatically, itís easily the best smelling sample of this beer Iíve had.
The flavor is well beyond any sample of the beer Iíve ever had as well... considerably so. Itís got port wine & tart fruit. Itís got dark chocolate and Pedro Ximťnez Sherry, raisins, cherries and warming booze. Yes it has oxidized character, but in a shockingly mild way for the near Decade that the thing has been in bottle.
So much going on here. Iíve had this beer maybe half a dozen times by now, and this bottle stands head & shoulders above the rest. Wow.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2015
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This rating might be slightly unfair. I would highly recommend it if anyone finds this on the shelf somewhere to make sure that it was stored properly. After I tried this and by tried it I mean a couple of ounces, I spent the rest of the evening shooting out at both ends like a lumberjack firework. Aroma was strong molasses but not unpleasant. Color was very dark and the palate very thick although chunky. Flavor was sweet soy sauce and molasses. You have been warned.
Steve_0 (3652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1994 bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. I was told these bottles hadnít left the breweryís cellar since they were brewed. Pour is slick oily black with a small bit of cork particles floating around. Big caramel, toffee, raisins, some prunes, dates, cognac and a touch of soy in the aroma. Taste is very rich and decadent - roasted caramel notes, brown sugar, molasses, maple and wood notes with some prunes. Somewhat reminds me of Utopias. This seems to have held up well, which is completely opposite to the majority of ratings. Slick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad at all.
mcberko (11020) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1995 Vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours an opaque dark amber-brown with no head. Nose is sure thick, with salt and soy sauce upfront, with liqueur and more salt. Flavour is bizarre, with very sour notes, liqueur, and soy sauce Ė obviously lots of oxidation at this point. What a strange beer. Never had anything like this. Not a total disaster, but itís not really enjoyable. Cool to try, but not exactly refined.
Ferris (9620) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Vintage 1995 - Salty Skunky, soy sauce and oily dark notes. Inky brown black with no head. Umami, soy sauce and a salty finish. Odd dark weird sweet, salty notes. Not that great.
ryanfolty (2268) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
December 27, 2014 - bottle purchased at Discount a long time ago. Very black pour with almost no head and just stained the glass. Aroma still had quite a bit of maple, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste was sweet as expected, had some heat and also was fruity. Much more like a port wine than a beer. 1997 vintage.
Douberd (3979) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Samuel Adams Triple Bock) Bottle 250 ml at home, corked, vintage 1997, bought at the Delirium Cafe, Belgium. No mention of the ABV on the bottle. Served into a snifter.
The corked cut in half, no other solution than throw the other half into the beer.
Totally black in colour, pours thick like motor oil. No head or even a bubble formed on the surface.
Aroma mostly of alcohol, some wood, molasses.
Sweet soy sauce on the taste, very boozy, faint old wood, glue. I donít find it that bad though.
Thick boy, almost totally flat. Very sticky on the palate.
Iíll struggle to finish this small glass, basically more because of its alcohol burn, other than that is quite drinkable.
Theydon_Bois (14958) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, hereís a glass raised to Reluctant Scoops for getting this one to me, 24/10/14. 1994 Vintage.
Extremely dark mahogany brown/light black with tan edgework.
Nose is rich dark fruits, sherry, chocolate, plums, light smoke, woody rinse, booze tunes.
Taste comprises soy sauce, sherry, rich chocolate streak, more plums, dates, prunes, figs, brown sugar.
Full bodied, fine carbonation - slightly viscous, warming alcohol and sweet licks in the close.
Solid stuff, looks like we found a bottle that has aged gracefully when you compare our ratings to most others in recent times.