JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating. Had and enjoyed several bottles of this during the mid-Bush years primarily. Nice dark brown pour with lively carbonation, bottle conditioning still at work impressively. Heavy sweet malts at first in the nose, but then there are some fruits of both the dark and the bright variety. Full, somewhat lively mouthfeel. Some spice and generous bitter hops add depth and complexity to the flavor. More interesting and multifaceted than a lot of BSAs out there. Would be nice if Victory brought this back.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Vintage 2003. Courtesy of Milkman Dan. Copper color with no head. Vegetal aroma. Definitely has an oxidized and papery flavor. Light corriander notes with some spearmint.
ryanfolty (2207) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V
2003 vintage, which may have been a little too long to wait, had a not pleasant vinegar finish that negatively impacted my view of this one.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Vintage (thanks MMDan)
Plenty of time on this one. Amber pour.
Has developed a bit of a cardboardy character to the aroma as well as fruity tones and coconut.
Flavour is plum/cherry fruitiness, light caramel, woody hop.
Starting to fade, but still interesting.
BVery (8685) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 2003 vintage at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma is slight wood and caramel. Medium palate. Taste is definitely laid back with the age - nice caramel and slight citrus. Good stuff.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of the 2003, shared by Paul at the Blind Tiger’s Victory event. Pours a hazed almost clear orange amber with a medium to large beige head. Sweet caramel, candy, cough syrup, fruit, and oxidization like crazy. Creamy, more oxidized fruit, malt, old caramel. More oxidization and age, old malt. Interesting, but it’s peak seems long in the past.
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had once at a tasting, while back. Remember the aroma definitely impressed me the most about this, being extremely fruited, and quite sweet in the malt department. Flavors are of the same with a mild hop presence going on. Good stuff!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brune body with a tan head. Spiced with cinnamon notes, allspice, wet paper oxidation, and vinous notes. Caramel malt with a light fruit y body and a modest warming. Nice ale.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing a bottle of the ’03. Deep amber brown pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is great. Lots of heavy yeasty spiciness. Orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove over a soft corky oxidized nose. Softly toasty with a nice spicy/minty finish. The flavour definitely shows a bit of age, but the spice and mint are still keeping it surprisingly fresh. It’s showing lots of age, but I think it’s aged pretty gracefully.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle shared by Dickinsoonbeer. Tons of mint and menthol in the nose is lovely, but a heavy oxidation has set in and weighed down the flavor. A bit murky, with sweet sherry notes and a bit much cardboard. Very dusty. The spicy and minty nose is great but the flavor is pretty dead at this point.