leaparsons (10766) - 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. rane (1100) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2017
Bottle. Backlog. Dark brown with brown head. Aroma malts bread toffee. Taste sweet malts. Nice beer. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Thick and rich mouthfeel. Multilayered malt flavors with sweetish finish, but not cloying. There is a little bit of chalk in the finish. A very well made beer. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Beige medium sized head. Vineous, fruity and light alcaholic aroma. Almonds, sweetness and some light port notes in the flavour. Has a light alcaholsweetness in the end. Quite like this. Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Recently opened and enjoyed. Well done and well aged. Not all that much to look at, but nice malty caramel aroma. Great sweetness in every sip with toffee and malt staving off the warming alcohol. Wow.
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle #19876, BB "End 2001". Poured medium caramel with a thick initial cap of beige head.. receded to a loose-bubbled topping. Aroma held up just beautifully.. deep, lightly-smoked caramel, dried floral hoppage, subtle port wine, and perhaps some rum.. one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever come across. Lightly-smoked, toasted caramel again at the flavor’s core.. some sharper rum and port tackiness at the edges.. tasty, but lost some character to old age. Syrupy on the palate and a touch slick... warm finish. Really enjoyed this one. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
Looks like I write on the back of my notebook sheets when I’m drunk. A bit late, almost missed that one. ClarkVV brought it to BCTC 2007. Almost clear amber body. Toasted bread with delicious smooth caramel spread pretty much sums it up. Some residual sugar (brown sugar flavour) and light woody notes. A lot less oxidized than the 1999 bottle I had six months ago at Mugs Ale in NY. This one held up pretty well as I still remember it despite my advanced drunken state at that point. I finish my glass thinking Barley Wine minus the hops, maybe five years ago it was. Very smooth body and medium carbonation. No alcohol presence discernable probably because 8.5% was below my blood system at that point in the night. ClarkVV (6879) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle shared at BCTC on Saturday night, 7/21/07
Another fine appearance, I’m tempted to give it a 5, and probably should. Maybe I will come back and change that. I’ll have to have it again. What’s in an appearance score, anyways? Medium-sized light light beige head fades to strong cover with ample lacing. Clear, copper-garnet color, still plentiful carbonation.
Ahh, much better than the 97, with less massive sweetness and more complexity. Seems like it’s closer to the 1999, though it dosent have the ester profile and light tartness of that one. This one seems more toasted and woody, with some earthy, almost scratchy malts that carve out a path for the sweet, residual sugars to slide delicately down the back of the throat. Or not so delicately, actually, as they are in quite high number by the end of the glass. But the somewhat papery oxidation notes, which were surprisingly more prevalent here than in the 97, and earthy, yeast notes give some balance, if somewhat blandly.
More straightforward cherry, date, peach and vanilla without the spiciness of the hops that you can find when these are still young. It’s been so long since I’ve had the 99, I’ll have to revisit and see if it’s as good as I remember, because I dont remember it being this sweet and, rather, simple. Still, a delightful after-dinner cordial (almost) and like Glouglouburp says, somewhat of a barleywine. Regardless, you can’t deny this stuff is incredibly well-malted. I’d like to see a stronger yeast signature out of it, but then, even Fullers’ well-attenuated, fresh cask ales do not have much house character. The woodiness and toastiness is nice though. Thanks to Ebay for the bottles (which I got a LONG time ago).