edsspoon (900) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle enjoyed on Christmas day - ruby red with a light brown fizzy head which fades to a ring. Very lively body, with little lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and blackberries with hints of port and alcohol. Taste of sherry, blackberries, raspberries, port and oak with hints of yeast and loads of chocolate. Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very rich, slightly sweet. Tastes kind of like port, incredibly nice. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
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 Fuller’s Vintage I’ve had. Magnificent, well worth the seven bones. I don’t know what the rest of you guys have been drinking, but bottle no. 58573 was pure genius. (Purchased at Brewery Creek). GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours like a dull copper penny w/ a tall head that just hangs there like a full moon. Sticky lace reduces to a full, thick downy comforter. Aromas of fresh dark fruits and bright caramel shine through. Full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Fat malts sustain a huge molases backbone w/ defined citrus rind to balance. Flavors of brown sugar, toasted cramel, blackcherry, honey, leather, bitter coffee bean, and cakebread. All this w/ only a moderate sweetness factor. The finish is long w/ a well bittered citrus rind component. A solid brew. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 21, 2007
This one has been saved to celebrate the arrival of young McKinlay #2. Pours a beautiful ruby brown colour with some carbonation at first and a bubbly off-white head. A delicious sweet malty aroma with a hoppy touch reminiscent of dried fruits. The swallow is a journey through an initial tingly touch on the tongue which leads to a creamy palate full of the malty flavours of licorice and ash. The finish sweetens with raisins and then a dry and spicy hop finish. God its good! RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle #70785, from notes on 12/06. Pours a dark amber with some ivory head. Nose is nicely hopped, but not overdone or overpowering. Slight citric scents present also. Flavor is smooth. If there were one beer you were going to call "fine beer", this would be it. Beautifully aged, you can tell by the flavor that time was taken with this one. Slight bit of a sweet edge that comes and goes quickly, as does a slight alcohol taste as well. Feel is thick. Borders on syrup qualities, but yet again is not overdone. Easy to drink off flavor, but not off texture. This is one to sip and enjoy for a time. I don’t think you could go faster than that if you wanted to.
Overall a beautiful production. How often is it that a brewery can manage to make something so visually appealing through packaging and deliver such a big hit with the goods inside? I’ll be looking for more of these after I move within the next month or two (I got this one when I was out of state). I will also be eagerly awaiting all future releases.
jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Hazy orange-brown coloured, off-white head. Fruity notes, malts and liquorice in aroma. Roasted notes, caramel and toffee notes in flavour, alcohol presence. Lingering finish. Really good. jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Thanks to ekstedt & friends. Hazy amber, very light beige head. Honey, raisin, port and caramel to the nose. Sweetish. Soft, round mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
500ml bottle from Barrow Boy and Banker. Bottle number 17701. hazy russet as barmaid poured the sediment in. Thick lasting beige head. Raisiny aroma, good dry malt, some peppery hop. Very hot and peppery in mouth. Good Christmas cake. Bit of mustiness on aroma. Sweet malt and white pepper. I lke the spritzy white pepper hop mixed with the rich Xmas cake. Tangerine and orange peel. It’s just so stunning. The tart tangerine really works vs the rich dry malt. Some sticky malt on aroma. But I love the assault on the senses and how it makes me feel. The euphoria is lovely. Sherberty hop. God, I love this beer. OK, so I’ve had a few halves and I have the prospect of meeting up with Reakt and Knut Albert, but even still, this is special. I love the malt hop mix. Unbelievable, just too syrupy still on the malts. Alcohol never intrudes. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Sampled at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival in Georgia on 10/18/08. Amber in color. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor was dominated by caramel and malt. Sweet with notes of dark fruit and some slight hop bitterness. Very nice. Probably my favorite of the fesitval.
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 25, 2010
@ a tasting, pours an amazing amber liquid with a pinkish nice head, aroma of honey, raisins, biscuit, almond, vanilla, wood and some cherry liquor, flavors of malt, caramel, honey, toffee, butter, brandy, vanilla, dried apricot, plum and bitter pleasant finish, full-bodied, great beer for the israel cold winter. ;-)