jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
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
HenrikSoegaard (14704) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
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 don’t 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 Year’s Day.
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 (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
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 it’s 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 (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
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. Rune (13732) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2006
500ml bottle (no.44710) bought at an Alko store in Tampere, Finland in Oct.06. Should be the right ale to enjoy at the end of 2006. Pours a very beautiful deep, copper brown coloured body with brilliant clarity under a dense, off-white foam blanketing the glass. Rather poor in aroma, but rich in taste. Earthy malt freshness to the nose. Very well-balanced flavours of dark fruits offset by vanilla sweetness and a nice hoppy bitter end. Gentle mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit intense carbonation (31.12.2006).
Hansen (8621) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Very big differance between aroma and flavor. Aroma is a bit "thin", small hints of laqurice and medicine. Flavor is big, lots of fine laqurice, heavy complex bitterness, and long, long, long finish. Oily texture. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
Bronze and clear. Slightly fruity witj no carbonation and left no lacing. Very mellow, just like drinking a well rounded Sherry.The alchohol doesn’t take over as it often does with beers of this strength. A lovely Christmas gift to myself! FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a medium creamy head. Weak aroma and moderate taste of hops and malts. Long finish. anders37 (27588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle. #36596. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a longlasting off-white head. Malty hoppy aroma with some hints of alcohol. Also hints of caramel and dark fruits in the aroma. Sweet malty warming caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruits. Warming bitter finish. Cartoonkhaki (1341) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Clean dark amber colour. Light cream coloured head. Sweet aroma coming off of the liquid inside Light bit of fruitiness in this beer. Light alcoholic notes. Very nice.