cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Caramely-vanilla aroma. One of the best beers I've ever had...so smooth yet rich and heavy somehow. Beautiful darkened crimson. Love the strong stewed fruitiness. Radek Kliber (7353) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2003
Very nice highly refined set of aromas. As its aged it becomes smoother, nobler. Same great look as 2001 year. What is worth to add that this year had specific great aftertaste. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
Hazy orange-copper w/ beige head. Subtle blend of fruit, caramel, earth & wood in the nose. Full bodied & chewy. Flavour was a more robust version of nose. Finish was nicely bitter & lightly acidic. Sampled in 2003 apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Smells like vanilla, citrus candy. Many different fruits present in the flavor compliment a woody, earth-like quality. Lsighly cloudy, dark golden color with a rich, lasting white head. Slight alcoholic nose, a tad too bitter in the finish, which may mellow with aging. This is a good beer. Very similar to some barley wines. notalush (5874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 [re-sampled in ’06 - this beer has taken on a huge apple presence, both in the aroma and flavor - very organic/earthy apple qualities mingle with the other aspects of the beer quite well - this is holding up very well - not as great as it was, but still awesome] Beautiful, rose color with one of the most lovely lacings I have yet seen. Dense aroma of fruits, brown sugar, yeast and dough/cookie. This is hard to pin down. The flavor is a wonderful conglomeration of English Strong, Barleywine and Belgian Strong. First flavors are yeasty, with slight sweetness. Then comes a slight alcohol presence, along with dates and raisins. Late roastiness with chocolate and toffee. Finish is long and sweet with some hops thrown in. Excellent beer. I’m def. getting some more to horde.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Lovely fruit aroma. Pretty rose shade, small beige head. Great full wood flavour, followed but a well appreciated bitterness. Fab mouth feel. Indeed, a most fine example. Thanks again Oakes. Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Sampled 2003: Hazy orange-amber; caramel and malt. Earthy, twiggy hops. Lemon rind dryness in the finish. A good age. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
A bit smoother than the 2001. All are a dark amber brown, and this one poured with the most vigorous head. Strong maltiness, with an alcoholic tinge. Hops are very agressive, especially for an english ale, and body is very full and robust. An excellent beer. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
talk about full bodied! the richness of the malts just fill the mouth and coat the tongue. most of fullers' beers smell the same to me, they just have accents in different places, it is like that whole tomato tomaato thing. ok so i dont know how to type that but whatever. malty with some diacetyl and a hint of earthiness in the nose. lots of malt in the flavor with other flavors jumping in to keep it exciting. they include alcohol, plums, slight hint of earthy hops, and lots of foffe flavors in the finish. for such a full bodied beer this one clears out of the mouth quite well, it is a very clean beer. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2003
I was amazed at how this improved from cellar temp (50-55F) to room temp. The first few sips of this the sweetness of malt was quite disjointed from the earthy hop charge, but quickly came together quite nicely. When it reached room temp it was quite good.