MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Any first impressions?CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
-Still a ring of bubbles surveys the ebony-tinged dusk.
-Raisins, dark chocolate, and some roastiness rise from the mostly sweet aroma.
-Date squares, vanilla-laced chocolates, and nutty protrusions impress, first since this is a dunkel, but mostly since this is 10 years old!
-The low carbonation is probably due to the old age, but it suits the malty sweetness fine.
What if you dig deeper?
-The flavor profile mostly plays within sweet realms, surprising for the advertised style.
-If alcohol were bumped up a bit, this could easily fall into scotch ale/old ale territories.
-Fruitiness is complex and lip-smacking, the frankness of a pie.
-This is a stunning example is how aging "can" work; a superb vintage.
Bottle; 1996 vintage.
1996 bottle shared by cquiroga on 7/31/05: Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brownish with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Dark fruity, port-like aroma has some floral dark honey and caramel chocolate with some butterscotch and maple. Body starts full, lightly earthy and well-balanced with a pleasant sticky sweetness consisting of hints of raisins and brown sugar. Finishes very smooth, creamy and lightly bittersweet with some dark chocolate. For a dunkel, this has aged magnificently, especially since it isn’t bottled conditioned! I would have loved to try it when it was fresh, but it’s still very good right now. Thanks Chris! Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Vintage 1996. Very black, opaque beer with a solid head. Very full-bodied and potent beer - I’m surprised it isn’t any stronger than 5,5%. Notes of smoke and coffee with some underlying sweetness. A very tasty and characterful brew. 081000 kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
1996 (Thanks Jeppe!): Nice aroma of fortified spirits and raisins. flavour is choc, raisins and caramel. Warming feel. A little thin but very tasty. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
(1996 bottle) Dark brown body topped by a small creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, toffee, some nutty, butterscotch, raisin. Creamy light-medium body. Remarkable how well this beer, a dunkel, has held up. Thank you Jeppe for sharing.
DanielBrown (4563) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle - generously shared by Bierkonig at his shop Olbutikken, which he also opened specially for a handful of us RB-ers on the Sunday of RBESG - thanks Jeppe! Brown, with no head. Super smooth stuff: thick and flavoursome. Beautiful lightness, with licorice and tobacco. Excellent. Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Vintage 1996 bottle.duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Unclear dark brown colored, thin disappearing tan head. Very malty aroma with a sweet sugary note and dark fruit. A bit fusty and cellarish but still good. Sweet flavor, brown sugar and malt. Notes of spices and raisin. Dry from the age, but still in good shape, specially considering the low ABV. A bit thin in the body. Huge thanks to Per for this one!
Bottle 1996 vintage. Much thanks to Jeppe for sharing this one! Nice sweetish brew, with a very soft, yet complex mouthfeel, smooth, round mouthfeel. All sorts of flavours come through, oak, nuts, wood and some raisiny fruit and chocolate, caramel and roast, nice long finish, very good stuff. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
7/31/05. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, obtained as a generous gift from omhper on RateBeer 2/15/05. 1996 Vintage. Dull dark chocolate brown, nearly black in color (no trace of red) with a rocky, pale tan (almost white) trim of a head-- not very firm or lasting, mostly just there as scant evidence that there’s still life to this beer. The aroma is very nice, a little bit oxidized but still full of character. Light, earthy chocolate and a dark, brown sugar/honey hum; light, sweet caramels, and even some fruitiness and vinous character. Some oxidation but a really nicely aged sample. Medium-full body, very rounded and smooth. Flavor is mellow with a long lasting finish, still some noble hop presence and mostly a slick caramel and bock-like malt richness, delicately sweet with a light hop tingle and a long, lovely drying finish. Hints of molasses and nuts. Some dry raisin-like flavors, probably another type of dried fruit in the date/prune/fig realm, but a caramelly one that I’ve never had. If there *is* a dried fruit that tastes like this, I can’t wait to find out what I’m talking about! I’ve never had a non-lambic beer this low in alcohol that has aged this well. Really damn good. Thanks Per! jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Bottle, I was very happy for the opportunity to try this one - it had been the one that got away for a long time
Raisiny rum and burnd aroma, slightly dusty.
Milk chocolate, liquor, caramel.
Light to medium body.
Long caramelly aftertaste.