Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2004
Rather flat tasting beer, particularly next to some of the stone beers tasted in the same session, rounded caramel malt flavours with a hint of alcoholic warmth but needed an earthy hop to bring out the best in the roast malts. Just seemed under-hopped. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Pours like a penny, with alot of tan head. The taste really sticks with you, a huge malt backbone, with some nice bittering hops. Has that strong ale flavor, that is very rich and creamy. At times it is astringent and herbal, but it is got alot of flavor in the front and nice bittering flavors in the finish. motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2004
was knocked over the first time by the intense biscuits and liqueur aroma and the toasted marshmallow flavours with lingering, lightly bitter finish. the second time i had it after a glass of arrogant bastard and could barely taste a thing. i'll have to wait for my thirtieth celebrations with eczematic to set the record straight bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2004
A short head on top of this slightly murky copppery brown body. Aroma of malt, grains and nuts. The flavour was pleasantly bitter after some initial sweetness, full round flavours but smooth , medium body with a slightly creamy texture. Cheers! eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2004
rich and full-on but beautifully balanced, like an american barleywine but mellower and deeper. rich toasty amber malt then heaps of spicy hop flavour then dates/prunes/sherbet/cherry/strawberry/apple from the yeast then an attack of bitterness, but round and soft rather than harsh or tangy. perhaps a bit on the sweet side - i'm gunner try aging some for motelpogo and my thirtieth in a cuppler years and see if it dries out nicely.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2003
We all have one, a relative who doesn't realise how old he is and who gets himself into trouble by trying to be something he really isn't. Well, old 95 is like that relative. He looks good and had a clean head, even making sure he washes behind the ears. He thinks he is strong and makes out to be that by being inappropriately too alcoholic. There is a bit of a funny smell about him, some fortified wine mixed with a hint of stale tobacco. In all, he should be pensioned off. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Bottled gushed upon opening despite being relatively fresh (BB Sep 04). Beautiful clear copper colour with a very fluffy head which stayed to the bottom of the glass. Slightly oxidised sherry aroma with complex fruity, malty, brandy and fresh bread. Flavours of chewy malt, slight alcohol and a mild acidity from the slight oxidation. Quite a bitter finish. Have had this beer when fresher and much preferred it. I usually dislike English-style old ales for the strong sweetness and lack of balance, but this beer turned me around. When fresh it is loaded with plum pudding fruit aromas and caramelly malt with enough hop to balance it all beautifully.
RR: had a bottle which was really hoppy. Loads of fresh English hop aroma (Fuggles I think) and quite a pronounced bitterness. Strong maltiness didn't really show until it got up to room temp (~18-20C). LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2003
Nice aroma, pours a dark muddy color with bugger all head. Tastes of raisins and nuts. mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2002
Fruity, malty aroma no head. Sweet flavour finishes with intense bitterness, guess that means it's well balanced. Alcohol was well hidden. Simple bottle and label earns an extra appearance point. Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Needs to warm to get the most out of it. Once it warms, it has a port aroma and flavor. The port in the flavor is not too overwhelming, and it has raisins in the background. Very good. The appearance is a brandy color and quality (it has some alcohol viscosity), and there's some alcohol in the finish, along with some sweetness.