The_Osprey (8515) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
February 2017 - Bottle share at CBC Islington for the Matteo Farewell tasting, as ’Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2006’, #12528, 8.5%. Thanks to Fergus for the £200 pour. Dark brown with an orange hue, foamy off-white head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is musty, woody, apple, toffee, touch of armpit. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is cardboard and toffee, rich malts, bit oxidised, spicy finish. Tastes like drinking money. Quite decent for its age actually. (3.5) teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 21, 2017
50cl bottle shared at my Farewell Tasting, London. Massive thanks to Fergus for this one. It pours a clean amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is oxidised and sweet with caramel and toffee. Taste is also sweet and oxidised. Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice one mR_fr0g (12923) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle shared at the CBC Islington for the Matteo farewell tasting. From bottle shop druid Street. Amber brown coloured pour with a lose beige head. Aroma is nice sweet jammy fruits, strawberry, toast and toffee. Flavour is composed of of semi sweet, airy stale malts, jammy fruits, dried fruit, raisin cake. Pretty good. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, woody. Held up pretty well. john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Amber. Very malty, toffee/caramel. Fruity, spicy, earthy. Orange citrus and some dark fruits. Balancing hop bitterness; peppery. Strong, sweet, full-bodied ale. Big alcohol blast. Sweet malty finish. (2008)
danlo (3144) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
500ml bottle. 2006, No. 00065. Dark reddish-brown amber colour, creamy tan foam head leaving lacing and aroma of malt, toffee & zesty orange citrus. Taste is malty, treacle, toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, with some dried fruit & orangey hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry nutty spicy earthy finish. Very drinkable.
ciocanelu (2801) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Taste is really balanced with caramel malt and earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. weark (834) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bouteille achetée Au Grain D’Orge en 2010 – Bouteille N°01070 - De couleur brune avec une fine mousse blanche qui diminue assez vite pour ne laisser qu’un petit col – Au nez des arômes de madère, de malt caramel, biscuits, un nez sucré par le malt, fruits confits, prune, figue et raisin – En bouche un peu d’amertume apparait, toujours beaucoup de fruits sec et de fruits confits, raisin figue, prune, malt doux – Corp moyen, amertume légère/moyenne, carbonations légèrement plate, douce mais qui commence légèrement à devenir aqueuse – Gouter en parallèle avec une 2010 et une 2014, c’est clairement la meilleures des trois, il ne faudrait pas la garder beaucoup plus longtemps. Mais vraiment extraordinaire. XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle #54356. Slightly hazy reddish brown. Decent cap that remains a thin blanket. Aroma of raisin, plum, caramel, alcohol, fig. Taste is sweet, and slight umami. Palate is medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, warm slightly dry finish. Held up great. Pyobon (1458) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2015
(Bottle 06414) Slightly hazy reddish brown with tiny short-lived tan head. Pleasant aroma, primarily toffee with hints of raisins, port and burnt sugar. Full-bodied, slightly oil, slightly sticky giving lovely rich smooth mouthfeel, with fine prickly carbonation. Rich warming taste. Rich toffee sweetness is the dominant flavour. This is partnered with raisins and alcohol, reminding me of Tokay. There’s some burnt sugar bitterness in the background providing balance. Maybe a hint of plums or prunes. There’s a little bitterness in the finish, but it more burnt sugar than hops. A very fine strong ale. mariuspoenari (2924) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Vintage 2006 (opened in 2015)
Pours a chestnut red ale, with some foam that dissipates quite soon, which is only normal after 9 years of ageing.
The smell is quite rich, with caramel sweetness and a very strong brandy feel up front, followed by dried fruit (figs and raisins) and a hint of alcohol.
Smooth texture with light carbonation, warm to the feel, it tastes like caramel, toffee and dried nuts, and also figs and brandy. The finish and after-taste are slightly bitter. The alcohol is perfectly incorporated in this ale - it’s present in the smell as well as taste, and feels like it belongs.