Bov (9447) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
<i><b>my beer #5000!</b>; from crackedkettle.com</i> - pours a hazy ruby-brown colour under a foamy and persistant beige head; nice lace leaved on the side of the glass; vinous, very complex nose showing aromas of nut, marzipan, bread, pear, vanilla and cognac; smooth mouthfeel with a solid malt body, subtle and regualr carbonation; the quite high sweetness is nicely balanced by some late sourness and bitterness; long aftertaste of overripe fruits, caramel, wood and a deep warming alcohol touch - a divine and hugely complex brew
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a bubbly off white head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, pice crust, spices and almonds. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, nuts and toasted malt along with some spices and earthy notes.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. 2005 Vintage. Opened to a very lout and audible pop. Poured a medium to deeper reddish tinged brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, dark fruits -raisins and plums-, caramel, and some earthiness. The wood really came out more and more as I spent time with this one. Tastes of wood, the same dark fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol content well hidden.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage. Ok Im totally getting a wicked metallic flavor in this one. Not the first time Ive noticed this from struise. Great lively mouthfeel. Lots of subtle flavor going on as well. I cant get passed the metallic flavor, it really is turning me off.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours muddy brown with a whispy beige head. Very nice nose. Chocolatey raisins and nuts. There is a bit of oak and candy with a nutty finish. Medium body. Dry warm finish.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by pineypower thanks a bunch for this retired gem Dean. Pours a deep dark brownish red with a huge frothy super long lasting light beige head. This beer left so much lace on my Double Bastard glass that I couldnt simply rinse it out but it needed a full washing before my next beer. Aroma of dark fruit...raisin plum prune black cherry..brown sugar..yeast..wood..and a touch of butterscotch. Palate was medium body with stronger carbonation and a touch of sourness on the finish. Flavor on this one was some dark fermenting fruit..mainly raisin and black cherry..slight alcohol and wood. Wow was this one nice and complex sort of like that movie Memento I still dont think I understand who did it.
Travlr (11089) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008. Murky ruby red with thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla. Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out a dark and cloudy slightly reddish hued brown with a moderate to larger lacing off white head. Impressive aroma, nice earthy/oak notes with some dark dried fruit notes and a slight alcoholic note. Taste is very complex, dried dark fruit, mainly cherries, figs and some raisin go with some very nice earthy notes, oak and some slight vanilla with an earthy/very slightly alcoholic finish. Velvet- like mouthfeel. Very impressive beer, well worth the hefty price tag that came along with this one.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Very nice brew. Better than I expected. Smells like pancakes and christmas sugar cookies. Dark brown with a thin head. Flavor is musky, dark, and woody. Light spice and an alchohol burn that I could do without. The wood and vanilla dominates as the beer warms up. Nice.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, capped and corked. ’06. Thanks, Thewolf! Slightly hazy ruddied garnet. Loose, sudsy tan head. Big buttery caramel nose--very candy-like and pleasant. Creamy medium body. Butterscotch, toffee, cola, nuts and brown bread. Long mixed finish. Complex and interesting.