jackl (8217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Huge thanks to Ken for breaking out this rarely-found vintage! The pour’s deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is raisin, brown sugar, some prune and newspaper. The taste is oxidized rum raisin ice cream, more dark fruits and heaps of brown sugar sweetness. Jammy body. Drinkable but clearly past its prime! If you’ve still got a bottle, don’t wait to open this up. Scopey (15010) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting (even though it’s 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 it’s smooth, mellow and tasty. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
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 (1418) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
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
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 (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
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
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 (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
WOW! Thanks Paiste2002 for this rare gem! Can’t 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 don’t have the patience to age a beer for over a year, but this beer has made me turn a corner. Thanks, Paiste2002! leaparsons (10616) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
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
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tom’s 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.