DavidAust (275) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015
Vintage 2014. 335ml bottle. Poured into a stemmed glass
Worth reading the comments of a previous rater "Blade86" who nailed it for the previous year’s vintage.
Dark amber colour with suspended yeast particles.; off-white head holds well with traces remaining right to the end, and exceptional lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma when you open the bottle is both malty and hoppy. This reduces as the head / foam suppresses the fruity aroma once poured into a glass. Fairly complex flavour alternating between bitter and sweet. Mouth constantly struggling to decide if it was malty, salty or sweet. Body is fairly full with initial beads of carbonation like champagne which later settle and form suspended bubbles around the suspended yeast. Hint of alcohol after-taste at the start of drinking. Either my taste buds adapted or it lessened as the beer warmed.
Not sure it lives up to the hype or the price but is a good drop, balancing bitterness and sweetness. Overall: a beer I enjoyed drinking and will do again. Nice enough to make me wonder if I will be able to keep any long enough to see what they are like in a year’s time let alone two, and no way would I get to five years unless I misplaced them somewhere along the way.
Blade86 (1389) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - APR 30, 2015
dark amber, rather clear with some suspended particles (yeasts); medium off-white/beige foam; hoppy fruity aroma, caramel, yeast, reisin?; medium bitterness and sweetness; medium+ body, little bit creamy? feel, with time alcohol gets more noticeable; quite lively carbonation, long bitter finish;
Overall: good looking, nice testing, good mouthfeel, alcohol a little bit too noticeable, well made alex_leit (4075) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 28, 2015
Bottle. Vintage of 2012. Hazy amber color with good white foam. Rich aroma with dryed fruits, raisins and old strong wine. Taste: biscuits with fruit and pine wine, sweet, caramel, toffee. Like. stevoj (5040) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2015
Pours out with a murky amber body, tiny soapy head and sweet malt nose. A hint of the elevated ABV is apparent, honey, vanilla, toffee accents. All of the above meld together nicely, with some gentle warmth and a sweet finish. climberbob (458) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Flight of 2004, 2006, and 2008 vintages tasted in 2014. All w hints of raisin and marmalade and a bit sweet. 2008 has a sharper almost cider note. Winey acidic coppery aftertaste. 2006 has malted toffee on the front. 2004 has Christmas cake and the most white head.
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miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2015
Cervesa molt maltosa, destaquen tocs a caramel i a galeta, l’alcohol està molt ben integrat.
Cerveza muy maltosa, destacan toques a caramelo y a galleta, el alcohol esta muy bien integrado. Icedwarf (1657) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Bruin bier met schuim. Smaak is bitter, sterk en licht zoet met ietwat karamel. Blijft lang hangen. Jaargang 2014 gedronken. Erg goed bier. Calisky (2941) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2014
Couleur cuivrée, très légère mousse blanche.Nez bien houblonné, caramel doux, fruité. Gout malté caramel doux, bien épicé et réglisse, note fruitée sucrée figues. Bon corps, assez rond en bouche. Fin épicée, caramel doux. Pas mal Christos (5781) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
(Coopers Vintage Ale) Bottle 355ml at home, 2013 vintage. Served into a snifter, ABV 7.5%
Deep red colour on the body, tall and thick tan head with very good retention, leaving lines of lacing as it collapses.
Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, raisins, lots of fruity notes, light bubblegum, figs, light alcohol after a deep sniff.
Nice taste, sweet with red and dark fruits, caramel, light vanilla, figs, prunes, notable alcohol.
Medium thin body, carbonation on the high side.
janubio (852) - SPAIN - NOV 25, 2014
Hazy amber colour, big head and big lace. Smell is very faint, apples I think and caramel. Medium body and correct carbonation. Taste of fruits, apples and apricots. Easily drinkable, but I don’t feel nothing special in this one.