Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber toned body with an off white head. Dark fruity, malty and sweet with chewy fruit esters reminiscent of raisins. Dark malts, chewy toffee, soy and some maple notes. A lighter oxidation surprisingly tolerable almost works well, oddly enough.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to yobdoog, pours hazy amber with a medium light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of funk of apple and brown sugar. Very sweet hot cocoa and cream with caramel malt and notes of burn sugar in the finish. This stuff still rocks.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Walleye who traded me this. A generous and lopsided trade for sure. Poured a light caramel color with a nice carbonation hiss upon opening. Aroma was rich caramel and wheat. Taste was similar, with more wheat characteristics coming through. Not sure what this tasted like originally, but shows little oxidation and still has excellent carbonation. Little bit watered down at this point, but nothing offensive here, and still quite enjoyable. Glad I could try 4k and 9k together.
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
orangish pour. Fruity aroma with some sweet sugary notes and caramel. Flavor is fruity and sweet, has held up ok, but isnt my favorite.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dirty yellow orange with no real head to speak of. Aroma is of caramel, tea and oranges. Flavor is a bit weak of mango and citrus, and a bit buttery and sugary. Palate is a little sticky. Considering the age, this beer has held up pretty well. It would have been nice to try it fairly fresh for comparison.
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to coyotehunter. Pours a hazy orange with little head but lots of bubble clinging to the glass. Smells a little of oranges and malt with no oxidation. Flavor has a bit of butter and papaya. This is fairly sweet and a little sticky. Seems to have lost a bit of its flavor but show little other signs of age.
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour. The nose is great. Rich sweet fruity nose. There is a kiss of pineapple and other dried fruits. Plums and a bit of cherry as well. Sweet caramel malts with a touch of sherryish oxidation that adds a lot of complexity. A bit of honey and some lingering dried plums. Quite nice and Iím glad to have seen how well this has held up.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks Mike (Eyedrinkale): Murky amber pour with a light tan film of head. Slightly oxidized in the nose- some sherry notes, old fruits, thick caramel, some old hops (making it a touch minty as it warms). Slick on the palate. Smooth caramel flavors with lightly peppery faded hops giving a light spearmint note. Itís held up fairly well, but was probably awesome fresh.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special thanks to Northernbrews for hooking up the 4000-8000 tasting. This was a good one. A little age is showing, but nothing too stark. A little light caramel with some dark fruits and a little tartness. Good stuff.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much thanks to the Queens RB crew! Pours a full orangish brown with no head. Aroma of burnt caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, and malt. Flavors of oak, bourbon, caramel, raisin, and vanilla. Strong alcohol feel on the intake, but this quickly fades. The finish is sweet caramel. A little harsh but still rich and enjoyable.