Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2002
My # 400 guys! Hard to find guys, you should be with us on summer party in Toronto. This was my last one of the session (thanks Mr. Oakes! and other great raters that brought so much of great stuff). Simple classic, well roasted, nicely bitter. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 Sampled was a 1996 vintage stored for two years in my cellar. The colour is dark redbrown, no head. The aroma is malty, raisiny and roasted. Some hops. Tones of sirup, grapes and dark bread. Complex. The flavor is even more complex. Raisin sweetness, port tones, mineral, cardboard, gingerbread, alcoholic tone and a tad sourish. Very little bitterness.
A 1992 vintage sampled at omhpers place still ahde the same redbrown hue.
Vinous aroma with notes of chocolate, raisin, fruits and petroleum.
Fruity sweet flavor with tones of chocolate and grapenotes like a german spätlese. It is dry and almost dusty.
I loved it, the others were a bit reserved and thought it had passed it´s prime.
Discontinued and deeply missed by me and lot´s of other people. pilsnerrogge (2959) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Dark ruby colour, light brownish head. Roasted coffee aroma. Smooth n’ sweet coofee flavour. Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2002
Full of diffrent tempting flavours. A beer to stroll around and explore for a long while. Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 1996 vintage sampled 7/2003: ruby-brown colour, no head, licorice aroma, very malty, dark fruits, light oily, sweet with some bitterness, long biscuity finish
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2002
1994 vintage: 7/5/7/4/13
1992 vintage: 6/4/5/3/11
17 bottles you say? I wasn’t planning on going back up there soon but...damn. Deep burgundy, creamy, smooth body, lots of soft, luscious malts, drying in the finish, hint of spice. omhper (25250) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2002
This beer is somewhere in the borderline between a dunkel and a Baltic porter.
The 1996 vintage is dark brown, medium carbonation, almost no head, light bitterness and raisin aroma.
In the 1994 version you’ll find less carbonation and more oak character than the 1996 version.
In the 1992 version, which is still holding up very well,
there is sherry and coffee flavours. Comparing to the 1994 version there are more raisin flavour, less bitterness and carbonation, and it is dryer.
Regardless of vintage it is an outstanding very complex beer, which is surprising given it’s low gravity. Curse the devils that discontinued this fine beer, I’ve only got 17 bottles left of it now.