PotjeBier (2624) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. On tap @ Popeye, June 2008. Not sure which year, but it was advertised as 8.5%. Aroma’s of sweet fruits, caramel, a bit alcohol, also some hop-bitterness retronasal. Flavor is moderate sweet & moderate bitter. Alcohol feel is quite strong. Body is medium to full. Long, bitter finish. Excellent.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, toffee, burnt sugar, somebdark fruit, a little toast, warming, some leathery tobacco.
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redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle. Apples on the with caramel malts. Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Rich caramel with some molasses even hints of smoke with a very earthy bitterness with hints of apples.
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (2002) pours a translucent brown with some white head. Nose is sweet, malty, sherry, bread. Flavor is malty, apples, brown sugar, cookie dough. Full bodied and smooth. Doing very well after 8 years.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky tan, wispy white head. Nose of heavy malt, light tea and leaves. Flavor is more sugar, toffee, really sweet but balanced Thomas hardy style. Very nice, hopefully to be enjoyed again before seven previous hours of drinking.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL 2002 ed courtesy of argo0. Obviously I don’t speak or read Japanese, but the characters on the label (if you were to translate them as Chinese) say English "Gujiu". Gujiu means nothing in Chinese but may be simply heavy beer in Japanese. Not sure. Anyways, pours a hazy, deep brune with a nicely lasting tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, candy corn, baked apples, light licorice, slight apple oxidation. Taste is spicy alcohol, chalky malt, bright/red fruits, resinous hops, light soy, nice balancing bitterness. Right on the money for style.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Massive malt nose, tons of caramel and toffee, a shit-ton of dark fruit and slight oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lots of caramel, lots of toffee, lots of raisins, etc., etc.
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Nice amber color. Aroma of caramel. Taste is also caramel. Not bad. Straightforward.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at CL release party 09 (flaming Fury release?). I think bottle shared by spacecoyote. Thanks! Pours a hazy deep woody amber tight carbonation and a nice lasting head. Aroma is very fruity, big alcohol (seems much higher than 8.5%), lots of big sherry and fruity soy oxidation, sweet caramel malts and some earth. Flavor is very sweet sugar dates, soy oxidation, light saltiness, almost meaty - umami, savory-slight hop resin lingers in the end, and slight solvent and alcohol on the lips.
douglas88 (8177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle, 2002 vintage drank in 2009 thanks big time to bu11zeye. Pours a dark copper color with a tiny bubble of head struggling through. The aroma explodes with sweet caramel and malty goodness, a strong sherry-like note, light oxidation. A sweet dry flavor, a light oily mouthfeel, caramel, sweet candies and sherry. A bit of oxidation and very dry. A real joy to get to taste. Old and musty, which I enjoy from time to time.