douglas88 (9058) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
500 ml bottle thanks to Kirk. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium orange/white head. A big dusty nose of yeast and caramel. The flavor is robust with caramel, port, more dust, earthy, sweet oranges, lots of yeast. Really nice, has held up great . The oxidation fits in well. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Pours a mahogany amber colour with a small head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, some bread, orange marmalade and grass. Rich flavour of toasted malts, very strong licorice root notes, bread, salt, syrupy sweetness and some wooden notes. Full bodied. Brilliant stuff. The licorice root notes here are very original for the Vintage Ale series. 12 years old and no signs of aging. olio (10168) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 11, 2003
Bottle No. 39274.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet toffee and chocolate on the aroma, ripe fruits and wood. Sweet fruits, caramel, licorice and some wood on the flavor, bread too. Smooth oily palate, lingering sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
aged for a year glowing copper amber.
almost no head. sweet malty caramel aroma.
nice spiced sweet taste with a licorice and fruit charactyer.
rather strong hops to counterbalance the sugars. complex dry finish
alcohol in the aftertaste.
a good warming sipping beer. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2004
(Bottle # 23359)Amber with hints of blood red and orange colour. Small white head. Rich deep malty aroma of oak, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Small undertones, of candied, cherries, pepper and alcohol. Rich chewy malty flavour of almonds, oak, raisin, and dried dark plums with a small port note. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Raisin, bitter almonds, rum and blue plums in the aftertaste.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 #900th rating. Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Sweet and buttery beer. Rich malt, tongue tingling sweetness annoyingly with goldings hops, which i am not a fan of. Bitter acidic finish. Alcohol, alcohol alcohol - itís not exactly refined but itís a very nice beer. Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
I didnít see a bottle number in the usual place here...none for the Golden Jubilee commemorative bottles, apparently. Drinking this reminded me of how I celebrated the Golden Jubilee--with my wife and first daughter, listening to a military band march on Broad Street in Oxford, and then enjoying lemonade and a more traditional brass band play on the lawn at All Souls College--an exceptionally rare treat for anyone to be able to picnic on that beautiful patch of grass. But those memories were too much of a match for this beer, which brought be back to reality with some alcohol notes (though not as effervescent as the 1999 vintage), and hints of body odor, lipstick, and caramel. Orange luminescence and some off-white head. Slightly syrupy, gentle bitterness, and a good toasted quality. Thanks maeib for sending this to Texas! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an amber body with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt, and a hint of spoiled vegetables. Mild flavor of malts, caramel, cherries, and toastiness. Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2005
sampled 04/2005, thanks to fiulijn - clear pale red-amber colour, the foam quickly disappears, very malty aroma, nuts and bread, cherry, full-bodied, sweet and oily, very bitter, dry and long malty finish - looks quite raw and with a huge potential malika (36) - SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2005
3 years old
Beautiful amber color. Strong honey aroma, some alcohol. More hoppy than the 1999 version (tasted the same day). Long, bitter final.