walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Tasting to celebrate Quintana’s firstborn coming home from the hospital (thanks Sandy!). Beautiful deep amber with rocky white head. Big nose of apples, cherries, sherry, cider vinegar, caramel malt, raisins. Flavor is tart, vinegary, and fruity, over a nicely sweet toasty malt. Crisp and medium-full on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste of cider. A fair amount of heat from the alcohol, implying a much higher abv than 8.5%. Very nice. A perfect compliment to a perfect day. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle at beer exposed. Had the pleasure of having "one of those moments" with Ian(harrisoni) on my first sample. However i ended up having about 2 1/2 bottles altogether over the course of the day then bought two to take home. Alround its like rich toffee, marmalade is key, rich brandy fruity cake, peppery alc and perhaps hop, theres signs of oxidation but that just makes it more drinkable and tasty. One of the best beers of my stay so far down in London. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle # 70307. Sorry ClarkVV about rating this before the trade, but I found a stash. But I still want the one we were working on for the trade. Anyway, orange and clear with a white head. Hoppy, fruity, and malty for the aroma. I am talking apricots here people. Flavor is rich and malty, with lots of those Goldings hops coming through in hop flavor and bitterness. This is what I wanted to find out. That is: what is this brew like without oxidation. Which to me is near perfection. If you like English style brews, this is a prime example of all English ingredients coming together in an assertive brew. I do not hink this will age very well, and will seek to drink all I can get my hands on, so don’t ask for a trade, and don’t ask me to spare any. Go find your own source. I know it sounds selfish, but I don’t think that you will appreciate such a fine masterpiece, so screw you. CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle from Sainsbury’s - bought one for (much) later, too. Heady vinous fruit/malt aroma. Oily, fruity, spicy flavour. Full mouthfeel. Good long roasty finish with some hop. Splendid. cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
An English Ale in name this might be, but tastewise this is like sipping the most silky-smooth of dark Belgians -- with its outstanding creaminess, rock-steady head and fabulous mouthfeel, this matches some of the best from that land of moules frittes. There’s a very definite supreme quality feel about this lovely brew, with an overall wow-appeal that beggars description. And, mind you, this is not even a cellared version, imbibing this godly liquid as early as January 2005. Very reminiscent of Malheur 12, but this strikes me as even more luxurious. Worth the high asking price in Denmark (€7,25).
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
2004 vintage, number 83339 of 95000, from a distinctive Fuller’s shaped brown bottle with a nice blurb about the old ale, pouring instructions and a suggested best before date, 2007, on the back label, served at cellar temperature. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy reddish amber with a frothy pale tannish white head that settled into a thin lacing. Had a nice raisiny, figgy, malty nose with the Fuller’s honey yeastiness and whiffs of sweet, spicy alcohol. A smooth, crisp, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, exceptional drinkability. Dark ripe fruity maltiness, an gentle earthy, dry hop bitterness and a warming spicy alcohol presence on the tongue, a honey yeastiness in the middle and a earthy bitter and sweet malty finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol, just plain delicious tasting.
An exceptional Old Ale by any measure, very recommended, a must try for any beer lover. Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2006
What an ale! This botlle does not come cheap but is an experience to taste. A cloady, redish colour and not much foam. Fruity, complex aroma with some caramel. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I had a 2004 vintage # 75579 The presentation is fantastic in this beautiful collectors box and inside is a unique 18.6 oz brown pint bottle. It looked very light while pouring, but it sits in the glass at a coppery transparent color. Huge head! I got like four fingers of head in my oversized Victory pint glass. Significant lacing. It has a great smell of gentle port. Hint of sweet fruit like a tangerine, then grapes. As it warmed the smell got to a darker fruit like raisins or figs. It makes me think of wine. (?) The taste is fantastic but pretty straight foreword. Extremely malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, and gentle on the taste buds. It is so soft on the taste bud I can’t imagine anyone saying it tastes bad; even if it is not there preference. The mouthfeel is amazing (so much so I consider it a highlight of this beer). If I had not poured it myself I’d have thought it was on-cask. It is the creamiest feel. This is full bodied but light and frothy. One of the most gentle creamy mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Each sip you just want to last forever; it just feels right! It is fantastically drinkable. It’s so pleasant in the mouth that I would anticipate the next the next sip; yet it is a beer that can’t be rushed. It is too pleasant to rush through. In other words it is worth the money. Someone complained it was $6 a bottle. I only wish I lived in that state. In PA its $9 a bottle and WELL worth the money.
In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year.
Hope this is helpful.
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
At beer Exposed 2008. Great Vintage. Pours a amber copper with a small creamy head. Aroma: toffee, marmalade, caramel, rich fruit cake, dates. Flavour similar with peppery finsh and slightly oxidised vinous finish. Smooth and syrupy just the way i luv a good vintage. This one has held up well. Awesome!!!!! Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle # 2177. Slightly hazy amber with a firm and lasting off-white head. Aroma has rich malt and marmalade with aged notes of sherry, port and prunes. Dry and malty with crisp biscuit flavour, balanced by quite some bitterness and a vineous note. I was afraid if I had stored it well enough, but that was certainly not an issue.