Scopey (13311) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting (even though itís not categorized one), August 2012. Many thanks to Ken for busting out this rarity! It pours hazy mahogany brown, with a thin off-white film. The nose is date, plum, prune, raisin, fig, caramel, light spice and old wood. The taste is nut, caramel, wood, earth, light spice, leather, cherry, raisin and chewy malt, with a smooth finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Probably past its prime, but nevertheless itís smooth, mellow and tasty.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 courtesy of Mike. Cloduy amber body with a small white head. Sweet honey and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel and honey flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
Pyobon (1358) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (60,046) - thanks Duncan. Clear deep reddish brown with good persistent head. Aroma is hugely complex - sweet, cough drops, malt, spices. Medium body with beautiful velvety carbonation. Flavour is complex: fruity, candy (cough drops?), vinous with a good long rich finish which starts pleasantly bitter and evolves into a dark chocolate flavour. An awesome beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stratford tasting @ Cletus house. Wow 1998 thanks nelson. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Oxidation is present, a malty apple pine and caramel seep through as the primary character, a bit ashy in the mouth with a dull fruity finish. Some darker plum and sugar notes. Good, given its age.
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, apple, and light chocolate. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate large bubbled off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light chocolate, and fruit. The finish has a hint of apple and oxidation. Light-medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy copper with a smallish off white head. Aroma is caramel maltiness, bread, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is big time caramel, malt, raisin and a hint of earthy spice. Finish is smooth rounded with hints of alcohol.
My last bottle, this one aged very nice.
LinusStick (3299) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Thanks Paiste2002 for this rare gem! Canít imagine what this would taste like fresh but this is a true testament to age a beer. This was DELICIOUS! Aroma was perfect; Strong caramel with a hint of caramel malt. Pour was a nice murky dark gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was like an alcoholic Sugar Daddy with a rich malty aftertaste. I donít have the patience to age a beer for over a year, but this beer has made me turn a corner. Thanks, Paiste2002!
leaparsons (10130) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Imbibed 2008. Red, purple, brown with a small head. Aromas are bready and yeasty with soft berries and bubblegum. Some raisins and chocolate, too. Flavours are sweet caramel and toffee malts with chocolate and raisins. Smooth, rich and vinous with warming alcohol. Very peppery on the finish. Very good.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tomís awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.
I’m not gonna rattle on about the vintage ale as we all know what it’s like. At ten years old this had mellowed and the ingredients had married really well. There was an odd minty note in the aroma and it was slightly oxidised in the mouth but other than that it’s still going pretty well even though it is nearing the end of it’s life.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of oak, earthy, some tea, touches of sweet malt. Tastes of toffee, some sugary hints, spicy, lots of earthiness. Unfortunately, this did not live up to the excellent 1997 bottle.