gunnfryd (15275) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, berries. flavour is licorice, malt, alcohol, oxidation, hop, caramel. Full body. Nice beer. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Bottle 7504. Clear-to-muddy chestnut with a creamy beige collar that shrinks to a slick. Well-behaved, conditioned, hugely drinkable beer wafting with vinegared batter, sake, cocoa-dusted dankness. Deep and textured with a silken, dank, cocoa and aniseed-dusted sake..something about it. Tempura river fish, sherry, star anise..develops a distinct, mildewed, oriental sweetness; muscovado, Grottenbier. It would be sacrilege but I want to marinade some pork or beef in this. Had my reservations, but as 5K beers go it’s more than worthy; a deep, luxurious experience that’s got me thirsting for some more vintaged English. If only the whole portfolio was aged for 13 years. BeerViking (5041) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy deep mahogany, nose brings syrup, a little wood and medicine, touch of coffee, palate has old wine, a little coffee and chocolate, some phenol, dry fruity finish with woody hints. olio (10547) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.Scopey (15687) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle No. 11265.
Pours clear mahogany color with a minimal head. Lots of plums on the nose, dark fruits and some caramel. Plums, caramel and dark ripe fruits on flavor too. Very refined still. Excellent.
50 cl bottle @ KBF.
Rated on 20101126.
Copper color. Aroma of ripe fruits like plum, malts and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits and raisins.
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting. It pours clear deep red-amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, leather and some sweet, sticky fruit. The taste is wood, dust, leather, golden syrup, honey, spice and toffee, with a bitter-dry finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly cloying mouth-feel. Fairly straight forward actually. Nice enough, but perhaps too sweet.
EdKing (2648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Hazy tawny amber. Nose is alcoholic, bit raw, marmalade, sherry, sweet and malty. Taste is very soft, no hops or bitterness, orange marmalade, fruity, sweet barley malt, and some subtler tangerine notes. Overall it’s soft and very sweet and possibly too cloying. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Huge thanks to GT2 for providing the opportunity to try this mini whale! Nose and flavor were rife with candied orange and caramelized sugars, molasses, date, plum, and hints of cardboardy oxidation. Palate was oily and slick. Seemed a bit past it’s prime, but still nice and so cool to try. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2012
hazy chestnut, large bubble white ring. Nose is tea, oak, bit of pepper, dates. Flavor has more dates, candy, brown sugar, tea. Not as dry or integrated as nose, soft coating body, lightly oily. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
550mL with a big thanks to anders37. Pours murky mahogany with a medium, yellow, barleywine head. Decent retention. Nose is toffee, orange mint, sharp tawny barleywine character: fruit cake, fermented raisins and plums, red licorice, muted alcohol. Shaper mouthfeel and finish with obviously hoppiness. Never getting too sticky sweet. Slight slickness in the finish. Nice stuff. Reminds me more of American barleywines. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Thanks GT! Murky brown pour with a thin beige head. Lots of brown sugar and port in the nose with dark fruit and severe oxidation in the flavor. Cardboard and toffee big time. Rich palate with low carbonation. Very cool to try this.