zvikar (5537) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ 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. ;-)
wheresthepath (2206) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2015 [Bottle from the Six Bells pub] Deep, slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Lots of raisins up front, then orange pours through. Rich, vinous and heady like a quality sherry. Thereís some Christmas cake in there, and some spiciness too - pepper and nutmeg. The alcohol is evident, but is kept in check; the sweetness works well with a late, light, earthy hop bitterness. A sumptuous, beautiful beer that I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to have tried!
Tranquillity (2039) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Amazing aroma with fermented fruits, a bit like port wine. The taste is not the best, but still awesome. Fruit, licorice, coffee. The finish is one of the longest Iíve had. Just great.
jgentgesdo (693) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle breached on 06/21/15. Pours cloudy amber with very small white head. Nose is complex. Apricot, dates, caramel, sherry, vanilla, orange on the tongue very late. Malt sweetness is intense. Not bitter. Caramel cream mouthfeel. There are spice notes maybe nutmeg? It is BLOODY good.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty nose with some characters of root vegetables (parsnip?) and molasses. Looks perfect - deep amber, off-white firm head of perfect consistency, persistant lacing. Again, as in prior years, the flavour doesnít disappoint - this remains quite possibly the best English offering year upon year, with each successive bottling developing on the one before. The flavour on this one starts with the characteristic apricoty malt, which then develops into a long, rich, mulled wine finish with an underpinning bitterness that balances with a biscuity dryness perfectly. A slight interlacing vinous, resiny sharpness completes the picture for this outstanding and complex vintage.
gnoff (9701) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 8/30/2007
50 cl bottle, thanks ekstedt! Bottle no. 36879.
Clear cherry wood brown color, tan head. Alcohol and fresh hoppy scent. Smoke and raissin taste, warming alcohol feeling. Alcohol aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. A bit too much alcohol precense. Most likely improves with longer storage.
50 cl bottle thanks to oh6gdx! BB end 2009, on July 2009
Bottle no 44215
Hazy copper color, small off-white head. Dominant perfumy scent, also alcohol. Malty, grainy, alcohol, dried fruits taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, harsh grainy bitterness.
At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. Thanks ekstedt for all bottles and vintages! Sampled 2012 vs 2010 vs 2008 vs 2006 vs 2004.
A bit hazy copper color, tan head. Sweet, dirt cellar scent. Sweet, smooth, malty, raisin taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great copper body with an off white lasting creamy head. caramelly earthy( iím not sure what vinous really is, but iíd imagine this to be close, iíll have to check with nuffield) nose, a bit of dust & honey hangs over this. taste is Fíing phenomenal. sweet crisp toffee notes caramel lingers into a sugary cotton candy like flavor. this is greatness, light bitterness level keeps an even keel. not as good as sex, but close.
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PintPilgrim (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep copper body with nice off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and raisins. meduim body with ok carbonation caramel notes come out with a noticable alcohol finish. Nice beer. well done. dropped a few in the cellar to revisit.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of malts, toffee, floral and madeira. Copper color, beige fine head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, malty, toffee, herbal and floral herbs. Alcoholic and sticky. This certainly has potential to age well.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via SS 2006 (mucho thanks!). Pours an almost clear copper with a large beige head. The nose is biscuity, grainy, toffee, peach/apricot. It tastes exactly like it smells with a crisp, clean semi-dry finish. THis is a world class beer that i was not expecting much from, but damn this is quite nice! World class Strong Ale..i wish i had another....trade anyone?!