unclemattie (4267) - Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2010. 750mL bottle, caged & corked. Cork went off like a cannon. (This may have been aged too long...) Pours hazy dark orange color. No head. Looks like fried chicken grease. Loads of toasted malts in the nose. A bit of mustiness and basement aromas. Tastes like an aged English barleywine at this point. Distinctive toasted malt character. Distant tropical tree fruits, apricot, and a large amount of wood-aged character as well. Still has some of the hop bitterness in the finish. Finishes with more of wooded earthy character than expected with a touch of tobacco hidden in there. Wish I didn’t wait so long to open it. (3403)
Damico (2694) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unfortunately I probably should have opened this up sooner than 2 years old, but still good. The body got a bit syrupy being the solo issue. Pours thick but clear amber with a big creamy cream colored head. The aroma brings some spicy and syrupy malts, hops are gone. Flavors are a bit boozy and sweet, but still good overall.
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
13th October 2010
Lightly hazy amber beer, short lived off white head. Light palate, starts crisp but rapidly turns soft. Sweetish malts with a little caramel, vaguely tripel like but dark. Well integrated citrus hop. Turns softer with sweet caraway malt. Nicely joined up and very drinkable.
Kegmaster (1) - - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled a bottle at home, smooth almost bourbon taste on the tongue, smells of wood barrel aged malt, a sharp semi-bitter aftertaste that doesn’t linger too long. Mine was a hazy orange-brown color with a foamy tan head that stayed around to the bottom of the glass. An exceptional beer, didn’t notice much citrus in it which is good.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a cloudy golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of apricot, mango, caramel and biscuity malt. Similar flavours with apricot, mango, guava and caramel again. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Lovely.
Beersiveknown (3274) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy mid blonde, white head, collapses to lacing, pineapple nose, dry, quite acrid, touch if sweetness
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home ... light amber .. thin white head ... soft zezty fruity ... soft toffee malt ... that malt i dont like and soft sugers nose... sweet fruits ... juicy malts ... little orange ... and way to much of that malt i dont like
patrick767 (3611) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - Pours hazy dark orange and has a pleasant, fruity aroma with some grainy pale malt. It tastes sweet with a good fruit background. There’s some mild hops bitterness but the malt dominates. The 8% abv is barely noticeable and there’s a dry finish. Good.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Xmas ’11 gift form their holiday re-releases of the 30th Anniversary specials. Clear dark gold pour with a rocky off-white head with good retention. Some sediment at the bottom. Nose is lightly sweet and slightly earthy. Medium body and moderate, coarse carbonation. Tobacco, bread, singed sugar, plum and some whisky-like booziness. Finsish is EtOH bitter and slightly sweet. Not for this ale lover, but I appreciate the effort.
AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up in a trade. It was my favorite beer of last year. I think it’s fallen off or stored improperly. Poured into a basic tulip glass. Still lots of carbonation with a gigantic cork pop.
A - Off leather / yellow pour. Lots of haze and some sediment. Big 4-finger head offwhite to yellow in color.
S - Candy corns, caramel, vanilla, toffee, nuts and some very bready yeast. It’s almost like it has gotten sweeter with age but not in a good way. Disappointing really but smells like it was once a great beer.
T - Earthy and bready taste up front. Some really solid vanilla floral taste on the middle of the tongue. Back of the tongue is a more rotten grape taste like a white wine that went bad.
M - 100% carbonation on a mouth swish, light bodied, lingering rotten grape taste
O - It’s a great beer but this bottle..not so great.