DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellarís summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that itís a weak beer, but it just seems thereís not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like itís a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.
bartlebier (3209) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, a sole remainder. Relaxed dark remnant of an Old World brewing culture steeped in bitters and ESBs. Lighter translucent ruby-mahogany pour, lovely short organically dented beige foam. Wet oaky damps of roasted nuts, polished furniture, something fresh dark and organic with mild baked banana peeking at the horizon. Love the old, de-sugared leathery mouthfeel, delivering a host of natural organic flavours with mature ease to the taste buds: liquorice stick, honey, oak, woodsy bitters, twigs, shades of barley, faint baked banana. Very engaging and likeable for what is basically a British Dunkel.
Nurmis (218) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, musty fruits and molasses. Medium to heavy sweetness, light bitterness. Full bodied and really nicely balanced.
I_LUV_BEER (78) - - MAY 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours dark ruby-brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, molasses, bread, malts with a faint hint of alcohol. The taste follows the nose very closely with dark fruit, malt, caramel and bready notes. Medium body with medium carbonation, nicely balanced bitter-sweet finish. Very nice old ale!
Abijen (2379) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola bruin bier met een goede gebroken witte schuim kraag. Ruikt caramel, zoetig, mout. Smaakt bitter, caramel of honing.
Bosbouw (2506) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cola kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig. Smaakt zoetig, mout. Beetje flauw.
hansvf (581) - - APR 29, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cola achtig donker. Prima schuim. Ruikt erg moutig, beetje koffie. Smaakt gebrand, verbrand eigenlijk. Ok
oliodnb (634) - ITALY - APR 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with one finger of creamy light beige head. Aroma is sweetish with dark fruits, berries, some vinous notes, light nuttiness. Taste is similar, less sweet and with some roasted malts, nice fruitiness again. Medium body, light carbonation, light final vegetal bitterness.
phfyysik (447) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red with light beige head. Aroma is sweet, liqueur, raisin, strong caramel, some dust, old furniture. Taste is following, some rum, sweetness and crispy bread notes. Rather low carbonisation. Very good beer!
uckelman (549) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown, lots of tan head. Aroma is musty, winey. Medium body. Flavors of rasins, overripe banana, port. I can see why people would like this. Itís not for me.
sarauckelman (364) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with minimal head. Minimal, slightly musty aroma. Rich full body with malt, banana, and port notes. Slightly bitter finish.