Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Bottle for 2000! A: Pitch black with a very light head.N: Leather, oxidation, earth, malted milk balls, some toffee, molasses, smoke and treacle. Peppercorn and some cocoa.T: Very sweet. Bitterness from the age.M: Medium body, no alcohol, good carbonation.O: A real treat. Having this next to 2010 and it?s more mature. douglas88 (9408) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a clear red brown with almost no head. A big oxidized cherry nose. The flavor is big sweet cherry, toffee, pine, caramel. Smooth. Very good. Has held up. jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2016 Magnum at TalkBeer Charity Event- pours brown- nose and taste of candied fruit, sherry, oak, burnt caramel - medium body Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
14 years old still rich and complex. Pours thick amber like cognac with no bubbles at all. Aroma is less sweet more dark fruit malts with some liqueur notes. Flavor brings burnt and sweet boozy toasted malts that go down smooth with remnants of spice. Oxidation is minimal. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2011
At Holiday Ale Festival in Portland. Pours light brown with a cream head. Aromas of cola, cherries, spices and whisky. Tastes of rye, sour, chocolate, dark fruits, has a bit of an alcohol burn...think it’s more than 7%
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle; thanks alex for cracking this one; clear dark brown; no head; caramel and oxidation; smooth drinking and a little harsh; oxidation is there plenty; smooth, old, creamy texture boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest... What a historic beer to have by such an innovator in craft beer. Poured hazy/cloudy dark brown/ruby-ish with an off-white head. Way past its prime here unfortunately. Leafy, oak, mild yeast. Oxidization lent towards caramel and berry fruit juice. ChainGangGuy (4895) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a very dark, garnet-hued body with a scant, bubbly head (though it’s a bit of stretch to call it that).
Smell: Sweetish dark caramel malts, touches of toastiness and woodiness as well, and a fruitiness of cranberry and cherry compote. Tiny sniff of chocolate, too.
Taste: Modestly sweet maltiness akin to dark caramel and brown sugar rounded out with a nice level of toastiness. Subdued cocoa hints. Subtle herbaceous, though the hop bitterness has all but deteriorated over the last decade. Punchy fruitiness carrying over from the nose. Little spritz of sherry. Very light alcohol warmth on the malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Though time has tired this one out somewhat, it’s still a pleasant, decade-later sipper. Now, then, on to the 2010! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2010
tasting on 7/30/10. deep red pour with no head. big aged malts and caramel on the nose. medium to thin body - dark fruit throughout with caramel, apple and yeast. past its prime in my opinion. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours an amber red color with no head. Aroma is fruity, tobacco, roast, coffee, toast, chocolate, and a touch of roast. Flavor is caramel, roast, chocolate, toffee, some tobacco, and a chocolate roast finish.