madmitch76 (26467) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
17th July 2010imdownthepub (15528) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Creamy head. Sweet milky malt nose, a tad oxidised. Slightly soft palate, a little dry. Milky sweet malt, a little orange, toffee caramel. Spicy finish with a carbonated bite. Decent but nowhere near the best of the vinatges.
Bottled, 500 ml (No. 92,946) from Sainsburys in Banbury. Orange amber with white head. Full, fruity maltiness, quite smooth on the palate with an easy spiciness, rounded, cake like, followed by orange juice. It is all quite subtle and tasty. The close is a touch on the sweet side with a deep sultana hint. All very pleasant. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thin white lace. The nose is gingerbread, fig, nut, wood, orange peel and spice. The taste is wood, leather, dust, spice, fig, raisin, nut and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Not as sweet and syrupy as previous vintages. Has stood the test of time. EdKing (2668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, almost clear. Nose is marmalade, bit of orange citrous, spicy orange peel and alcohol. Taste is marmalade, spicy orange, alcohol which is quite raw, but again this is crisper and fresher than the older ones and for me getting closer to optimum condition. Still some hop and herbal bitterness. It’s light and less cloying than the older versions. VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JAN 18, 2012
Yum time. Burnt orange with a medium sized off white cap. Wonderful fruitcake aromas swirl out of my glass, dulled cherry pie, strong and commanding at all times. Mellow fruity spice and brandy. Very nice - no oxidized notes. The taste is not that far off form the aroma but for once, at least for me, the flavour supersedes the aroma. Mild spice that hints at some alcohol, a marzipan-like chocolate, crust, there is bitterness - after 5 fucking years there is still bitterness - amazing! Light fruit sweetness, a bit drying, faintly caramelly, rum, dried fruits of some kind, old apricot (whatever that tastes like), yum. Drinking this too quickly dulls or numbs my precious taste buds. Smooth feel, good carbonation, some alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Excellent.
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
500 mL bottle. Translucent ruby-orange with a medium, beige head. The aroma is ripe fruit (peaches & apples) and sweet caramel. The flavour is very impressive - perhaps the best Vintage I’ve tried, with fruit (add some tangerines) and caramel, bitter herbs, spice, honey, and raisin bread. Body is very good. This has held up remarkably well. Pinball (12626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
bottle from plan-b (R.I.P).
Cloudy brown, large creamy offwhite head.
cake, citrus, spices, malts, fruits in the quite complex aroma. Also a mix of booze and spices.
Flavor is licorice, spices, brown cakes, malts, spicy hops, fruity note. This bottle does not seem to be going downhill even though it’s 5yr+ old, and best before 2009. Beersiveknown (5309) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
[email protected]joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
10/12/11. Dark ruby red with dry fruit nose. Bitter finish with orange pith and a hint of acridity and toffee.
Enjoyed this one at a holiday celebration with Armed, Pete Howe, and Bill Small. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some dark malt and brown sugar. Taste is rich with spices, brown sugar and some citrus. An excellent beer that I always save for a special occasion. Serial number 86351. Leighton (22836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear amber with a light, white head. Mild nose, some leaves, light must. Medium sweet flavor, some booze, toasty sugar, light caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, notes of plum and fig, mild caramel, sugar, some alcohol. Pretty nice, but could actually probably use a few more years to soften the edges.