Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
Sweet, malty, full-bodied, smooth, wonderful... This is an awesome brew. The head is great, as is the amber color in my glass. The aroma was sweet and inviting. Excellent beer...one of only 30,000 made this year (I guess they cut production). Gotta get some more before its all gone. I even turned the bottle upside down and shook it to make sure I got the last drop! fatherpierre (61) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2002
Fantastic. A great depth of flavour, with an aroma to match. One to savour and drink slowly. tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
(bottle 07820, if you must know). Gorgeous deep red amber with brilliant clarity. Rich caramel aroma with ripe fruit and a phenolic hint at the end. Supple, big sweet malty lead-off with a thick, bready chewiness. Assertive bitterness blends with spicy alcohol for a lingering, smooth, fruity finish. An amazing ale that is exceptionally well balanced and perfectly palatable right know: I think it's been highly underrated to date. khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
02229 was incredible. This beer was like manna from heaven. The hops flavor is exactly what I like. The malt is sweet from the beginning and then the hops kick at the end is wonderful. My first impression was barleywine, and an excellent one at that. I wish this was a little less expensive. If you can still find this ale, don't pass it up. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2003
# 18426 as if that matters.Nice light brown color with a slight reddish hue.Medium sized white head that lasted for some time before fading into nothingness.Malty sweet aroma with a nice caramel side and maybe even some form of fruit that is hard to put a finger on.The flavor is malty and caramel with a slight fruit presence that pops up and dissappears.The alcohol does manage to make itself known from time to time,but it is some what subdued by all the other flavors.The after taste is sweet and light caramel with a nice amount of hops and mild alcohol burn as it goes down.The feel is smooth and slightly heavy at the same time,with a slight syrupy feel.I've been holding onto a crap load of this vintage and decided this was a good time to crack one open with the start of deer hunting coming tomorrow.(just a little celebrate)Over all this is one fine brew and well worth the bucks to put aside 20 of these brews to age and taste as time goes by.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends. This year’s vintage has aged better than the 1999 for some reason. Maybe it was handled better? Poured out a dark copper color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are mostly malts, some earthy hops way off in the background. Flavors are all malts, some oak barrel & vanilla here also. Thick & chewy mouthfeel. Finished slightly sweet. mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 19, 2002
I didn't even know Roger Maris had an otter. Despite that, this is an excellent beer, with plenty of malt and hops. It would taste better with a little aging, but who's complaining. bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
This vintage was much more reminicent of the 99. I drank it too soon due to impatience (should have let it age more). Very nice cloudy brown with red accents, little off-white head. Aroma is very nice malty/alcohol/toffee. Sweet complex start which is very nice. Warms as it goes down. Very nice. I Recommend the Vintage ales to everybody. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Bottle # 7574, a sibling of CaptainCougar bottle :-} ...Slight hazy copper color, small but still creamy head, very good lacing, Medium to full-bodied. Raisins, caramel, sherry/oak, with just a hint of tart fruit on the nose. Outstanding aroma! Vinous at the start with fruity undertones. Gathered an additional warm malty sweetness midway through the glass, the taste just got better and better as I drank it. Smooth and rich with no bitter bite or over dominating alcohol presence. The lingering aftertaste is a nice reminder of the craftsmanship shown in this world-class Ale. I've got two more bottles and look forward to trying this again next year, if I can wait. THANKS to Hopsrus for recommending this as my 100th rating. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Bottle No. 09563. Indulgent, sumptuously full, rich, malty and fruity aroma, vinous and sugary, with ample notes of red grape, pear, juicy plum and fig, along with suggestions of faint alcohol, flowery sweetness, melted caramel and vanilla. Sublime deep red color, lightly hazy with orange highlights. Head is largely absent. Flavor profile is also succulently sweet, malty, fruity and full, toffeeish and sugary but deftly avoiding all degrees of cloying, and with a gently spicy, estery, long and warming finish. Palate is smooth, lacking much effervescence, while the body is medium-full and provides an intricate but strong framework for the flavor characteristics. Highly enjoyable, a truly world-class example of the style.