fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Additionally labeled XMas Ale 2011 on the side. Cloudy amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy eggshell head and some floaties. Lots of caramel, toffee and tart fruit in the aroma, fruity and tart yeast notes with a little bread dough, hints of nuts coriander and sweet bread spices. The flavor brings lots more toffee and caramel, stone fruit, spices, fallen leaves, sweet, crusty white bread, nut skins, raw turbinado sugar, dark fruit and light woody notes. Heavy mouthfeel with a creamy entry, syrupy middle and slightly more dry finish with a little slickness, dryness and warmth from the alcohol settling in. Really tasty stuff, nice warmer upper.
brewtalita (222) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden, lingering low head. Aroma earthy, candi sugar, floral hop tones, dried fruit, bourbon version has also bit of coconut and vanilla tones. Palate medium, low carbonation. Taste bubble gum (tutti frutti) - dried fruit, vanilla, candi sugar and very well rounded imparted cask tones - wood and vanilla which rounds it a bit compared to non-aged versions. Alcohol extremelly well hidden - drinkable. Very nice, albeit the standard version lacks the nuances of bourbon reserva. Better than sherry version also.
rusos (540) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2013, Many thanks to gurthnar. Aroma sweet, dark fruits, caramel, wood. Taste is malty, spicy, candi, caramel, wood, some alcohol. But the ambient of alcohol is well hidden. High carbonation. Vedy good.
Gurthnar (4787) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in swap by ShivanDragon. Many thanks! 2013 vintage. Nicely balanced, very complex and intense. Caramelly chocolatey malt blends well with yeasty spiciness, and both blend well with the subtle woody vanilla-coconut elements imparted by the barrel. Alcohol hidden well and drinks surprisingly easy. High carbonation. Great beer.
Cuso (7549) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by Gurthnar, many thanks. Amber color with medium white head. Sweet malt, caramel, Bourbon. Taste, sweet malt, candies, sugar, Bourbon, nuts. Tasty.
Tognetta (675) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marrom de média turbidez, espuma bege de média formação e persistência. Aroma de uva, whisky, madeira. Paladar de médio dulçor, álcool presente mas bem inserido. Corpo médio e alta carbonatação pelo estilo e graduação alcoólica. Final trás mais do amadeirado, whisky fica mais evidente, maçã no vinho, persistente.
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a hazy amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, dark fruit, sweet malts, bourbon, oak, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. Oily texture, medium-plus body, lively carbonation.
Nische (1802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle, from Belgiuminabox. Brownish color with a very small beige head. Soft aroma of raisin, prune, dark fruit, dates, light caramel. Similar soft taste with big raisin and dark fruits, perfectly balanced sweetness. Round vanilla and oak notes lingering. Very soft carbonation, you just feel it’s there enhancing the round mouthfeel. Absolutely lovely!
josanguapo (993) - SPAIN - MAY 8, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching John Wick. Although is prettt good, I prefer the flavor and aroma profile of the port version. In any case, a great brew
jamesie1857 (1921) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle shared in ’t Klooster, Delft - Another gusher. Hazy amber pour with a huge head that disappears quickly. Aroma of orange, candy, slight oak, and yeast. Fairly sweet up front, with candy sugar, sweet malts, orange, yeast, and raisin picked out over the heavy smoky booziness.
fkoolen (904) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2016 Bottle at home, 2013 ed. Massive gusher. Nice cloudy reddish orange colour, beige head. Fruity nose, mildly milky sour, vanilla. Taste is fruity and sweet too with banana, ripe fruits, vanilla, mildly tard taste too, soft bourbon. Lively carbonation, good body. Not too memorable, in fact a bit of a letdown for Struise standards.