zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Pours a deep amber, dark in spots. Smells of spice, malts and bits of fruits and nut. Taste is well, very complex. To this reviewer a tinge over my head. Taste is of strong malt and spice with bits of date and almond. Alchohol singes the palate a bit, but a warming welcome for the overall experience. Mouthfeel is light, a bit airy, with little demons of flavors that bounce around the palate like a ballet on adrenaline. Something I would visit more in the colder months. As I said, a bit complex, much like trying to digest Kirkegard at the tender age of 12.
nimbleprop (8718) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle #38843. Poured a murky copper amber with ruby a thick creamy off white head. Very unique hop aroma, not heavy or overpowering, but slightly citrus, slightly floral and appealing. Syrupy with a fair amount of heat on the palate. Initial flavor is fruity, like apricots and orange with a brown sugar and maple finish. Hints of whiskey and brandy. Awesome flavor. Great beer, one of a kind. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
This is a very good ale. Nice soft mouthfeel and very deserving of the high rating. Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Wow. Nice red brown with long lasting tan head. Medium strong, malty nose. The Hops are nice and strong aand counterbalance the powerful toasty malt. Love that alcohol burn but it would be lovely to get this experience in a lower ABV beer. I'd drink a ton of it! muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Bottle 63618. Seems darker than the '99, a tawny caramel color, medium head that offers nice lacing. Aroma woody and butterscotchy, perhaps less complex than the '99 but still awesome. Very sweet; alcohol noticeable but well-integrated into the woody, creamy flavor. Smooth as silk. I need to get more bottles of this, the '99, hell every year, and keep 'em.
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. Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
Dark amber color and a thick, creamy head. Incredible rich flavor. Lots of dried fruits. If I could only drink one beer I might stick to this. Thanks Jens. dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
This still has some carbonation and head. A more woody aroma than the 99, almost like 98. A pretty stringent bite, but certainly a wonderful beer. Second favorite after the 98. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beer Rating #1000 (when you subtract all the sakes, ciders, meads, etc.)
First off, I want to sincerely thank Robert, the man behind the “rare wine room” at Mr. G’s in Plano, Texas, for not only allowing me to try this rare beer, but also for providing it to me at no charge. What a gentleman. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try something that is both scarce and delicious for the important milestone that is my 1000th review. My bottle pops with plenty of carbonation after 9 long years of slumber. The smallest amount of light escapes from a deep garnet colored body that glistens when the light hits it in a fashion similar to said gemstone. A large off-white head rapidly blossoms in the glass to revel a sizeable fluffy mass containing an abundance of yeasty bubble pockets. The lacing is incredibly beautiful; it could easily be mistaken for silky English lace. This crème colored blanket of a head coats the walls of the glass and gives no indication that it plans to depart any time soon. A gentle swirl rouses the slowly shirking, but never vanishing head back to its full height. This is particularly impressive for a beer so advanced in years. One could easily mistake it for a freshly beaten egg-based dessert. The nose of this fine ale has many complex layers. Fresh blackberries and blackberry jam dominate the first sniff followed by blackcurrants, frozen blueberries, rum cake, pralines, toffee, jelly based chocolate candies, gumdrops, vanilla yogurt, must, fleeting citrus hops, lactose, and a hint of nutty and papery oxidation. Cleary this ale has been properly taken care of over the years. The taste is equally impressive. Warm runny caramel appears in the forefront followed by brown sugar, brandy soaked bread pudding, freshly baked Turkish sweet breads, attic dust, Spanish cedar, faint tobacco leaves, river rocks, and some earthy humus. Although the mouthfeel is moderate, it is one that is incredibly smooth and shockingly quaffable at 8.5% alcohol by v nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Fullers vintage is always a treat. Something I will always pick up if I see it
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