Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Poured with a color if iced tea with decent frothy head and good lacing. This beer smells malty and sweet, to the point where i was a bit worried it would be unbalanced. I was pleasantly surprised! Rich super sweet malt, but enough spice and hop to balance this one out. This beer is teeming with the "teabag" flavor my buddy eaglefan538 refers to. Crisp and clean with no signs of diacetyl and full of English style hops. I was really digging this one. DerWeg (1681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
#25953 bottle lcbo. - never rated it fresh so here we go at 1.5 years old. Clear med orange pour with notable viscosity and fine carbonation with reeeealy fine head. Aroma interesting subdued slight barnyardy malts Taste something like - BRETT? Very creamy almost cola/creamsoda taste and body, assertive hops, and the Orval-like brett leans back a little, lending to a very impressive overall display of harmonized flavors. Spicy woody and barely a hint of natural rubber. This is very good enjoyed in tiny sips Veritablle proof that the finest of beers equal any great wine. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Aged two years. Nose escapes like a frustrated genie upon opening, carrying notes of honey, cinnamon, sherry, a little cardamom and some more honey. Pours - unsurprisingly - much like a Fullers Vintage - deep amber, ever so slightly cloudy, strong, tan head. Flavour is rich and treacly with initial slightly burnt, estery sweetness giving way to a chewy bitterness that lingers and develops brilliantly. A slight heat in the back of the throat is the longest lasting sensation on the palate - a heat admirably doused by the next sip. What a blindingly good occasional release this is - the best of British. churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
When my family left England, they should have brought a case of this over. Granted they left in 1682, but I’m still faulting their lack of foresight.
Great big caramel nose, taste and finish. A lovely palate of dried fruits, maybe raisin. Lovely. thewolf (12590) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Søren.
pivnizub (10612) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 26, 2010
Had this after 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Pours clear amber with a nice, creamy, off-white film head. Aroma is light fruity, sweet caramel, piney hops and surprisingly flowery and fresh. This one must have been dry-hopped? Medium carbonation, lovely dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really wonderful, lots of caramel sweetness, vinious, grassy, some fruitiness. Plant sap and a lovely bitter finish. Holy cow, this is good right now!
Bottle #93463: Almost clear, light amber coloured, stable creamy beige head with a little lace; sweet aroma of dried fruits, supported by a solid hoppiness; robust, almost a bit dry, bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; enormous noble hops in the dry lingering bitter-caramelly finish. Oh hoppy day........ jesperhammer (4735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
03-AUG-2011, bottle @home, present from Morten, kept in my "basement" for a couple of years, tasted side by side with 2009 version.
Orange with lasting beige head. Very fruity nose with ripe fruits, apples nuts, and apricots. Taste is the same with even more dried fruits and a touch of maderization. Very barley wine like - surprisingly so. Expected something thinner but this is very full, and quite sweet.
Much much better and fresher than the 2009. Wonderfull brew. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle 08394. Card in the box says 50,000 bottles in 2003 and now 150,000 in 2007. Rich lasting head on dark amber. Didn’t realize the ABV till I sniffed the half empty glass. Aroma of alcohol, toffee and spice. Thick spicy body. Like a Christmas cookie. Heavy malt. Restrained hops, builds nicely, along with the alcohol, as the beer warms and as the you "work" through the glass. Very nice. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
This beer pours a deep rich amber color with a medium tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are strong malt with a little spiceness as are the flavors. This is a fabulous beer! just go get one and drink it now!!
Cheers! Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm, 7 Dec 2007) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of dried fruit, chocolate, caramel, marzipan and raspberries. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, chocolate, fruitcake, black-currant, raspberries and lots of earthy hops in a warming finish. Very complex, with lovely balance. As usual, a lovely beer!