Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed SandwichBrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I was very surprised by this vintage ale. A full 6 years old, it has aged very well and is a nice find if you can get your hands on one. The beer pours with a dark, creamy brown/orange color with a fair haed that is slightly off-white and mostly diminishes. The aroma is very strong malt and caramel with a slight bread scent. The flavor is extremely complex with hints of all kinds of different flavors - fruit, alcohol, and hops are amongst the offenders. A very complex palate with a full body and slight carbonation. Very highly recommended.
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Pours a somewhat hazy orangeish-amber with a nice small head. Aroma is great with notes of nice roasty malts, dark fruits (raisins, plums), some alcohol. Flavor is wonderful...more bigger sweet malts, mild hop bitterness, bigger alcohol...leading up to a great bitter finish. Like the í98, a bit thin, but the palate is smooth and creamy. Great ale that has stood up to time well.
Second bottle was much better than the first....all the great qualities of my first tasting, but just that much better. Outstanding English Strong Ale. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Deep red color. Thick and soapy head. Big bold nose. Smooth to almost a fault. Definitely did not need 7+ years. Hops are more noticable then usual. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
[email protected]Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
, Stockholm. Deep ruby red colour, small head. Aroma is raisins, sweet malts, lots of caramel and slightly oxidized. Flavour is vanilla, plum, raisins, alcohol and bigtime caramel malts. Really nicely aged, though probably the only way from here is down...
Bottle at Aarhus beerfestival: Pours clear amber with a red hew & a off white head. Super "old" (in a good way , though it is close be dominated by its mouldy/cellar feel) & matured aroma. Lots of toffee & caramel. Oak & port. Round & vinous. Sticky. I am thankfull for being one of the few lucky ones to try this!
fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004, 6 ys oldNuffield (4169) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Amber color. Very strong malt and caramel aroma and flavor. Sweeter than younger examples (1999 and 2000, 3 years old), less complex and fruity, but still a giant beer. Thanks a lot Jens (Ungstrup), for this rare bottle!
I never thought I would see this bottle. Never. Ever. Ever. But here it is, in a white box (not the regular maroon), bottle 84043--Walt, this is special. It has a cool aroma, like it has caramel, vanilla, and the exhaust of the fans outside a steak restaurant. The flavor has a strong "vintage" quality--that nearly universal "vintage" flavor in beers more than five years old. Silky smooth palate and very easy drinking...oh my, this is good. It isnít the í99 but it may be better than any other year. Walt, thanks a ton. anders37 (26251) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. # 44700. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a fast disappearing off-white head. Malty vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit. Malty flavor with lots of dark fruits and caramel. Warming malty finish with some caramel in the aftertaste. Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle @ Falling Rock vintage beer sale poured a hazy copper with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, light oxidation and some fruity notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, vanilla and light apple with a smooth lightly sweet finish. HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Tasted along side 2000 and 2004 versions and it is slightly better than 2000 and much better than 2004.
This is a fantastic beer. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amber colour. Exstremely well balanced sweet/bitter aroma and flavor. Fantastic palate. Enjoy it if you can find one.