mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #64297. Pours a tawny-copper body with a foamy yellow-white head and sheet lacing. Soapy hop aroma along with caramel, toffee, minty spice, and oaky fruit. Superbly balanced body consisting of caramel sweetness, toffee, and complimentary alcohol. Nice doughy malts and tasty hops (particularly in the middle). Slick chewy body. Very impressed.
blankboy (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #69011. Hurray, I look forward to this beer arriving each year! Pours a clear reddish-orange with lots of bubbles and a large lasting frothy off-white head. Aromaís quite fruity along with malt, wood and herbal hops -- itís a little milder then I expected. Flavour of sweet malt, fruit, wood, mild hops and a dry mildly alcoholic/bitter finish. The alcoholís fairly well hidden, only showing up in the finish. Medium bodied. Once again this beer does not disappoint, this is a truly wonderful beer -- age this sucker and it will be even better.
IrishBoy (4141) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 86237; Nose begins with some dark fruit and berries which fades into caramel malt amd a light flowery hoppiness; copper colored with a very small beige head; flavor of caramel, a little alcohol, some spice, and hop bitterness from the medium body, the bitterness joining some alcohol to a long finish.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(#18929). Dark amber colored, medium sized light brown head. Chocolate, licorice, caramel, mild hoppy bitterness and some floral tones in aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor has obvious licorice with good floral bitterness and convenient alcohol. Still maybe too thin bodied for 8.5% ABV. Aftertaste lasts with sweetness and mild alcohol.
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle# 55484: Coppertone body with rich, frothy tan head of two fingers, leaving behind intricate lacing patterns. Floral malt and hops to the nose. The Styrian hops made a big impression here. Flavors of caramels, vanilla, coffee, cream, whiskey and subtle coppery aftertaste came through like a coarse symphony... Mouthfeel was rather astringent, especially after warming up a few degrees. The alcohol presence made no pretense at being hidden either, leaving me with the impression that I had sipped scotch instead of beer. Donít get me wrong this beer is truly AMAZING. Rich and delicious, complex yet simple. I would be willing to bet that leaving this beer in the cellar for a year or two would have brought the rating up a smidge. Thatís why Iím buying another bottle and putting my theory to the test!
pubbe (493) - HÝjbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden amber with small off-white head. Raisins and spices in the somewhat weak aroma. Has distinctive coppery notes in the flavor. Pretty average finish. Maybe this beer shouldent have left the cellar yet! I guess it tastes better in a year or two.
jercraigs (10080) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 2011-11-01. Slightly dark amber, small tan head. 3+ Aroma of sweet malt with caramale nodes, dry alcoholic overtones. 6+ Malt in the flavour is fairly straightforward, bit of light alcohol leading into a dry finish. Very little hop presence, but enough bitterness to keep it fairly balanced.6+ Average plus bodied palate. 6/3/7/3/14 2006 Vintage, Vertical Tasting, Bottle from LCBO, Toronto
2007-01-01. Dark amber body with a moderate beige head that fades slightly. (3+) Toasty malt aroma, very mild caramel grains and a mild hop character that I assume to be from the Super Styrian since it is new to me and I donít know enough about either the SS or Fuggles to thoroughly analyze their constitution. Alcohol becomes noticable in the aroma as it warms. Similar flavour, toasty malt up front, and a finish that is quite dry with a lot of hoppy bitterness amplifying the dryness/hotness of the alcohol, especially as the glass warms. Very light glimpses of anise and/or celery (7+) Medium palate (3+). Quite nice, especially after your palate gets used to the hops and alcohol. The first of these that I have had where I would actually recommend putting some age on to let it mellow out slightly. [Except I checked and I suggested that on previous ratings as well, so apparently I do not have a very good memory!] 7/4/8/4/15 Bottle #38305 shared with Mabel on New Yearís Day.
HenrikSoegaard (13557) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Very nice powerfull anis flavor. Moderate bitter. Long finish. Creamy palate. I really love the taste of this beer.
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 eddition sampled 3 months after bottling.
Bottle No. 61586
Poured a deep burnished copper into the glass... sticky 2 finger cap lasts and laces well for a High ABV ale. Soft carbonation.
Aroma: this years seems to have a nice collaberation of sweet caramel malt tones, fruity yeast phenols mingle with subdued fusil alcohol spirits to give a caramel - ripe berry fruits - almond extract impression to the nose....very diferent for this ale.
Rich malt body not as dense as some vintages, peppery mouth feel, caramel fruity alcoholic character.
Up front you get to chew on some nice caramel malts then the spice-toffee-tobacco tones ensue and carry you to mid palate where the mixture gets more complex with hints of musty dried fruits, almond marzipan, wood, dark treacle...then the finish takes you a different direction where the alcohol is poorly hidden and becomes peppery and boozey like bourbon with a deep chest warming after burn...it tastes far more than itís 8.5%ABV.
This vintage has a great potential when those yeast phenols and fusil alcohol tones making the marzipan smells mellow it will be interesting...the almond-berry decenment is wonderful but the boozey finish screws up the whole drink....but this is a very young sample....a few months or a year in the cellar and I await an entirely different profile on this one.
Sammy (11498) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Not as good as 2004, or even 2005. Carbonation and bitterness in the forefront, then flushed through with malt followed by scotch taste. Sorry, had it five years down the road and it was too sweet, although aromas more cognac-like.
A malty winter warmer, tasted 6 years later.