Oakes (16090) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber-brown colour. Bright. Thin, caramel-tinged head. The aroma might be the best ever for this beer - an outstanding and extremely appetizing blend of spice (mace, cumin), malts (earth, caramel), yeast (shiitake, light sweat) and firm alcohol (white pepper, proper Russian vodka). Full body. Rich caramel and earthy malts highlight a brilliantly-balanced character, alongside a surprisingly complex and enjoyable alcohol blast. This is tempered by a depth of toffee. The finish is again just amazingly balanced between peppery alcohol and toffeeish sweetness. By far and away the best Fullerís Vintage Iíve had. Magnificent, well worth the seven bones. I donít know what the rest of you guys have been drinking, but bottle no. 58573 was pure genius. (Purchased at Brewery Creek).
chrisv10 (16025) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber/brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, little toasted, little oxidized, wood and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, wood, oak, little oxidized, medium sweet, little chocolate, little dark fruit and a little bitter.
Dedollewaitor (15724) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle: Pours orange copper with a creamy white head that drags some handsome curtains. Aroma is very sweet. Almost vinous/port like. Very complex. Sugar , caramel, prune, alcohol & a bit of hops. Full bodied (round), smooth & sticky palate. Pleasant warmth. This is almost as complex as a fine Belgium. Amazing!
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with cream white head. Nose and taste of molasses, burnt wood, toast, sherry, toasted caramel, fruitcake, biscuit and old orange peel. Medium body.
MiP (15378) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ŇBF08, 2 years old. Weak sherry aroma. Clear chestnut colour. Sweet flavour, hint of sherry. Slightly rough bitterness. Needs more time.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at KÝbenhavnske ōldage 2007. Clear amber - offwhite head. Ryebread, raisins, sweetness, alcoholic, toffee, straw, caramel, honey. A bit too much sweetness & dreid dark fruit. Watery finish.
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 500ml bottle (sampled 2007/10)
Rich reddy brown, healthy irregular tight cream head. Nutty ginger maltiness on the nose. Quite powerful in fact. Mellowness in the mouth - this oneís sweet, sticky and alcoholic. Very dark roasted malt, and burnt caramel. Dark resiny hoppiness too. Leaves an alcoholic finish, which is its only downside.
A 2nd one (2008/01) was more malt-loafy and raisiny, and bumped the Overall to 17 from 14 - absolutely beautiful brew. Will have another one in a year...
Rerate: 500ml bottle - thanks VastActive and the crowd from Hel! (7:4:8:5:15=3.9) Drunk 2014-11
Winey, a little aged and thin. But so full in the mouth, utterly luscious, beautifully soft and succulent, beatiful woody and raisiny retronasals. So mellow. Nice nutty bitterness. Hint of cognac in the finish. A stormer.
Benzai (14656) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Hazy amber color, Small off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweet, sweet raisins, dark raisins, a hint of dark chocolate. Taste malts, biscuit, again dark and sweet raisins, a hint of dark chocolate. Subtle body and carbonation. A bit old as expected, over the top but still decent.
bhensonb (14482) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 70846. Rich roasted malt aroma with fruit/berry overtones. Dark amber color with a voluminous beige/tan head. Medium to full in body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is roasted malt, a fair amount of heat, darkish fruit with wood notes. Vinous. Suggestive of oak aged sherry - well aged. The finish is fairly dry, balanced with bitter. The whole thing runs a gamut from fruit to malt and back. Just outstanding.
gunnfryd (14368) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Horsens beerfestival. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, hop. Flavour is malt, alcohol, fruit, caramel, sweet.