Creekygoose (21) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 1998 vintage found after many years in my shed. Pours clear reddish brown, clear as a bell after all these years. Aroma is dominated by sweet cherry brandy. Didn’t like this beer when it came out, so either it’s aged well or I have as, I have to say, it’s pretty good. Main taste is cherry, with some malt, dry finish, slightly woody, but not stale. Still some carbonation.
Looks like my shed, which had a leaking roof for the first seven months of this year, is as good as any cellar!
anders37 (19082) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @Chris O. ’99 vintage. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty nutty weak almond aroma. Fruity malty nutty spicy flavor with some earthy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy finish.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (1999 vintage) at ChrisO’s "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010. Stale almonds on the nose. Rather nicer in the mouth, with hazelnut and violet flavours. Surprisingly good for a ten year old bottle!
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, ’99 vintage @ Chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Tasting ’10. Poured with a fine biege head atop an amber/chestnut brown body. Mint, hazelnut & almond, stale malt, fruit with some woodiness on the nose. Creamy, plummy almonds and cinnamon flavours. Soft with low carbonation, medium body and a nutty, spicey sweet finish. Held up pretty well.
oh6gdx (22398) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (1999 vintage)@The Chriso rock the roof down pre-GBBF tasting. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, wood, spices and some slight earthy notes. Flavour is spices, earth, wood and some mild plummy notes. A rather pleasantly aged beer.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle of the 1999 version at chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Shindig ’10. Amber. Odd nutty, musty aroma: apparently almonds. I detected natural gas in the taste as well as earthiness.
harrisoni (14990) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at Chris’ Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia tasting. Cloudy brown, lasting beige head. Cherry hits you up front. Lovley cherry flavour I thought. Really drinkable and I liked it. 837315 3.6/5.0 Separate rate for 1999 with the almonds. Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Stale malt aroma, hazelnuts come through. Sweetish, and I rather liked it. Deent. Love the tangerine/orange fruit. Lovely nuts. 638316 3.6/5.0
madmitch76 (17845) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting!
1998 bottle with Cherry Brandy. Cloudy brown beer. Malty but doesn’t taste aged. Sweet cherry almond flavours bursting through. Finishes soft and dry. Second bottle of this old beer. Both survived very well indeed!
31st July 2010. ChrisO’s ’Raise The Roof’ tasting.
1999 bottle with Almonds Clear brown beer. Sweet malt with well integrated sweet nuts. Another of these Sheps Christmas beers that has survived very well. 3.5
12th January 2011
1996 bottle with Spices Clear red - brown beer. No head and no carbonation. Fruity cinnamon nose. Light sourness to start - fruit and a trace of red wine! A little chocolate and mellow cinnamon. Really nicely joined up! Another amazing old war horse from Sheps!
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50cl. @ chrisos Back In The UK Tasting.
Alc. 6.7%. Light light unclear light amber yellow orange color with a small, fizzy - open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, berries, moderate tol light heavy artificial cherry - mazipan, spicy - glogg alike. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, light oxidide, cherry berries. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. 
planky84 (2346) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 Bottle at Chris O’s. 1998 Cherry Brandy version. Copper colour with no head. Intense cherry nose. Cherry, almonds and raisins in the flavour. Light body. Sweet and sour ffinish.