Arayaga2 (2190) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Sedimented amber with medium white head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of wet dog. Taste is biscuity with a bitter and alcoholic finish. Not quite what I was expecting. Looking at the ratings, it would seem this annual special brew peaked around 1999, and declined steadily thereafter. Comes in a nice little box, though. $7/17 oz ABUSEDGOAT (2734) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Hazy amber, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is earth, caramel, moderate to light hops. Medium bodied, some alcohol in the finish, somewhat sweet. Brix (660) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-01. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Burned sugar dominates. There is a slight hoppyness to it - very slight! Also I get wood, port, and alcohol. Itís OK. Not as compex as Iíd hoped! Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a lightly hazy orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruitiness and a hint of toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, light fruitiness and a faint hint of spice with a smooth warming bittersweet finish. Ernest (7663) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Not very aromatic, but whatís there is pleasant and clean. Quite sweet, but in a rich/decadent way, and thereís certainly ample bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable. Way better than the last two years (which were drain pours), but still seems short of greatness.
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2008
Bottle BA Trollhšttan Ė bottle number 96685
Thanks JŲrgen for sharing this one! Hugely sweet caramal malty beer that poured slightly cloudy with a short-lived head. The hops sit a long way in the background of this beer, and for me the sweet malt simply overpowers this beer. Was a great pairing with a 6-month old Lancashire Stilton.
Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle #136119....Cloudy light copper, looks a little peachy...light beige head....aroma is sweet malts with spices...I smell some nutmeg, and a childhood flashback--baked apples with cinnamon on them...Initial taste is reminiscent to wood used for aging (oak)...I taste some vanilla and bitter sweet malts end this beer, as I end it as well...body is average, and alcohol is well disguised...this beer has more potential and I will try it after aging and re-rate michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
500ml Bottle (#130198): Aroma of cream, herbs, malts, and Earth. Poured amber in color with a huge, foamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of vegetables, caramel, hops, tea, and earth. Medium body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Creamy, lightly bitter finish. JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2008
Cask RA. Brown coloured. Some portwine and medicine likeness in the taste. Some hints of prune and sweetness in the nose. imdownthepub (14469) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
Bottled, 500ml (no. 63156) from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Orange amber with no head. This was flat unfortunately. Initially, malty, fruity, quite sweet, then it is overtaken with quite a spiced note, more pronounced than previous versions of this than I remember, quite peppery with a hint of curry powder. Because of the lack of condition there is no real finish to it, itís over and you take the next sip. Itís ok, but certainly not the best vintage.