HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottle (500ml). Bought 15 bottles to put away, have had 3 - last one was better, so it’s improving. This is a very nice English bitter, but NOT spectacular. I heard enough hype that my first bottle would have rated about 11 - disappointing. Lighter in colour, vague aroma, somewhat straw-tasting, quick dimish on the palate. Not all that much different from a better London Pride. BUT .... the third bottle showed maturation, so I’m going to leave remaining 12 bottles untouched until Christmas 2005 and see if we can bump that 13 up to 14 or 15. Not BAD, just ... unmemorable. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
not as good as the 2004. mildly bland. i was expecting more of a toffee taste to it, but that wasn’t there. decent beer, but not as good as the previous vintages. mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - SEP 17, 2005
reddish amber w/ off white head. aroma of malt and alcohol, flavor dominated by alcohol. lacking the complexity one would expect from a ’vintage ale’. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2005
Red brown colour with a big off-white head. Caramel malty aroma and a sweet dry malty dark fruits, light hoppy taste. Medium body and a sweet hoppy finish. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Texture like port or sherry...and some similar flavors as well. Dried fruits/dates/raisins/caramel/and toffee. Some brown sugar and maple syrup also noted. Pretty strong alcohol finish.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Gift from my friend Tony. Sour grapes aroma. Not pleasant. Grappa? Beautiful, hazy, dark, reddish amber body. Creamy off-white tight bubble head (almost cask-like). Initial mouthfeel is somewhat like it smells but alcohol and fruit come out. Improves a little when the sediment is poured into the glass. Maybe needed a few more years of aging. Some caramel, some chocolate. Disappointing. Too dry and has that Sam Adams Triple Bock thing going. evergreen0199 (3368) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle from my large stash at home. A mahogany coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Boozy, caramel, ripe fruit aroma. Tastes fruity, spice, orange, boozy but also quite sour. Not their best Vintage in my opinion. berkshirejohn (6497) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle #15958, sampled in December 2013. A slightly hazy reddish amber pour with a ring of white head; vinous aroma; buttery mouthfeel, with raisins, plums and caramel tastes; and a dry, rather thin, toffee finish, that instills a gentle warmth. Smooth and soft from the aging, but otherwise little different than a more recent vintage. VastActiv (7094) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Bottle bro 37841. Colour is ruby red with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness and malts. Pretty special. AndySnow (7621) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
How: Bottle, vertical with 2014 version.
Where: Tasting at omhper.
Appearance: Clear brown colour with no head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, cellar, caramel.
Body: Medium body, flat carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, raising, caramel.