john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017 worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, - NOV 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 10 years old. Hazy dark red amber with a average, frothy, lacy, lasting, beige head. Smells of figs, plums, raisins, cherries and sweet malt, caramel, that after years has smoothed out to leather, wood and dark bread. Full oily smooth and smooth. Sweet taste of trail mix: Nuts, dried fruit, raisins with caramel, malt, and lightly toasted malt. Some alcohol lingers but its been smoothed out over time. Wood and leather with that vintage aged dry bitter finish. Liquid figs. So smooth to sip, I enjoyed throughout the night. Biscuit goodness.
Bottles. BBE date Dec 2005; Drank Dec 2008 - Cloudy (when poured) Deep Amber/Copper in colour. Yeasty; lots of floaties and lots of sediment. Wonderful strong ale. Very malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, hint of chocolate. Very fruity; oranges, peel, dark fruits. Spicy. Earthy hop presence. Vinous; sherry-like. Alcohol very evident. Sweet fruity malty strong ale. Rich and very, very smooth, due to age (now 6 years). Enjoyed this beer a lot! Fantastic beer! #--------# BBE date Dec 2005; Drank Dec 2010 - Reddish-Amber in colour. Very Vinous; sherry-like. Mega-Malty; toasty malts, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, hint of chocolate. Very fruity; spicy orange citrus, marmalade, peel. Yeasty; lots of sediment and floaties. Spicy. Earthy hop. Rich, syrupy and very, very smooth. Sweet mega-malty, mega-fruity spicy throughout. Terrific beer! (2010-12)
bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle from the Parcel Yard at Kings Cross. Very hazy dark orange Amber. Aroma of smooth darker fruits and a slight touch of oxidation. Full bodied. Flavor is very slightly oxidized malt, nice med dark fruit, and the hops have hung in to impart a floral bitter. It has aged very well. marcus (10567) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown with a modest beige head and a ffuity aroma. There is a hearty delicious malty flavor that keeps its age nicely. A smootly bitter toasty finish sticks to the palate. olio (10465) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.rosenbergh (11753) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle No. 39274.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet toffee and chocolate on the aroma, ripe fruits and wood. Sweet fruits, caramel, licorice and some wood on the flavor, bread too. Smooth oily palate, lingering sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
550 ml bottle. Bottle #39274. (Fuller’s) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
lusikka (7819) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Darkish slightly cloudy amber colour with a tiny tan head.
Sweet chocolate, fudge, dark fruits, vanilla and mild alcohol in the aroma.
The flavour is dry liquorice, sweetness, bready malt, mild hops and toffee sweetness. Smooth. Rich.
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Pours a mahogany amber colour with a small head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, some bread, orange marmalade and grass. Rich flavour of toasted malts, very strong licorice root notes, bread, salt, syrupy sweetness and some wooden notes. Full bodied. Brilliant stuff. The licorice root notes here are very original for the Vintage Ale series. 12 years old and no signs of aging. Niall73 (2434) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours an amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky veg, with some caramel. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very rich, xmas fruit cakey/mince pie taste - rich, boozy and fruity, with a slight spiciness. Good. jackl (8288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle split by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheers for this obscure vintage! The pour’s amber with a small head. Signs of oxidation on the nose. A bit papery. Some caramel, donut, apple, cherry. The taste is more appealing. Robust almond and caramel. Tangy forest fruits. Red apple acidity. Mildly hot on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Overall, this is holding up OK. Glad this is drinking better than some of the older ones I’ve tried. Decent depth of flavor. Enjoyable. Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Beer Clerko, 08/07/13, massive thanks to Fin for gifting me this one. #34840.
Murky amber orange with a thin beige head that dissipates edgeward leaving a film.
Nose is woody, walnuts, dark fruits, sugars, dates, slightly dank and musty, light oxidisation.
Taste comprises mellow vanilla notes, dark fruits, tobacco, dates, prunes, sugars, leather, nutty tones.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.
This has held up really well some 11 years on - pleasing as I’ve had some duds from the older vintages in the past. Beer5000 (6674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
550 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Hazy, reddish brown body with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma has a light hint of oxidation, but not really annoying, there is caramel malt, light fruit and a fine alcoholic touch of Sherry/Madeira. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruity and a mild kind of bitterness in the direction of bitter fruit. Fine body and a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost ten years old and the most fruity flavor of the vintage series.