nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2008
500 ml, #116863. Copper color with a four-finger, lasting head. Aroma is slight citrus-resin and toffee. Flavor is a well-balanced repeat of the aroma, with slightly more leafy-floral hops than the aroma would indicate. Some wood and earth notes give it some depth and character. Near-medium body is fairly smooth and just the right amount of dry on the finish. BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
A not-so cloudy dark gold thing, with lots of apples, caramel, and sugar in the nose. Great taste is similar to nose, but it’s apparent immediately that the aroma is king. Lingering hops on the back end will make friends of certain American drinkers. Best British beer I’ve had in awhile. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Bottle 115020 poured into a pint glass. First thing first, I payed 26 dollars for two of these; really steep priced but highly advised by a buddy. Pours (yeast for bottle conditioning and all) a great rich amber, slightly hazy with some good (but not over-the-top) carbonation. Great fluffy, thick, slightly off-white head. I’m congested and can smell this from the glass: aromas of fruit, malt, a hint of hops in the background (smells kind of like Hop Ottin’ IPA by Anderson Valley but with less hop distinction). Great flavor; more hoppy and less fruity than I expected from reading ratings. Hops all over the nose with an alcoholic haze enveloped in a thick maltiness. The alcohol is prevalent (especially for an only 8.5) but is not intrusive; it warms and adds hints of bourbon to the overall flavor. It is thicker and heavier on the palate than expected, very pleasing. Overall: very good beer; I got two of these and am interested in what will happen to the other as it ages, seeing as it is a hop dominated beer when young and hops fade.
[RE-RATE] with a little more than a year on it. Bottle136533 into pint glass at cellar temp 50F. This thing seems to have more of an alcoholic bite that before... weird. Not overwhelming, but pretty bold. Obviously most of the hops have faded. It had an almost Belgian candi sugar sweetness to it. Overall, this isnt as great as I remembered it (or just not as good aged as fresh), but is still pretty tasty bold stuff. Definitely a winter brew with the alcey bite! Im not gonna change my original rating (4.1) though because it was damn good fresh! barncatmatt (2287) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
500 ml bottle # 03903. from the LCBO. pours reddish brown with a nice tan head. aromas are lovely plentiful english malts and a big dose of hops. almost barley wineish in the aromas. flavours are truely great. very solid malt structure provides ample balance to the aggressive hop profile. everything works very well together and the progression is very well thought out. this is my first of this vintage and im quite impressed. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 500 ml bottle - #140306. Dark copper pour with long lasting thin white head. Pleasant malty, sweet aroma with hints of raisins, molasses, baked brown bread. Delectable flavor with some dates. figs, prunes and nuts. Back end has some baked brown bread - you know the kind in a can that you serve around the holidays. Thick creamy mouthfeel rounds this one out nicely. Not sure if its any different from their previous anniversary offerings - but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
swiseman (522) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottle #07498: strong hop aroma and inviting head. nice amber color. good initial hop flavour that changes to a more prounounced hop profile. a fair bit of caramel; finishes with some alcohol taste, but this is relatively subdued considering the alcohol content. mcsquint (93) - , Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Poured from imperial pint bottle into pint glass. Comes packaged in a nice commemorative box. Slightly cloudy, golden amber with dense off-white head. Aromas of malt and toffee with dried fruit which becomes more pronounced as it warms. The higher ABV(8.5%) is not really noticeable except for the warming feeling. Light to medium mouthfeel. A bit slick and sweet on the finish. Definitely not a session beer; but should be poured into a snifter and sipped to enjoy all of the subtle nuances. Christian (13773) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Slightly hazy amber with a firm and lasting off-white head. Rich malt aroma with fruity notes, some marmalade and a touch of grassy hops. Dry malty flavour with caramel and biscuit, and just enough hop bitterness for a perfect balance. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark amber with nice bubbles. Nose of caramel, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste has more of the caramel, sweet malts and has an excellent linger on the palette. Quite fruity and really delicious. I would even describe it as complex. NutRoastBad (7) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2009 does not count
A pleasing spiced fruit aroma with warming notes of alcohol. First taste is reminiscent of christmas cake, before finishing with a hint of maltiness. All in all a fantastic brew for a night in by a warm fire. Would have been interesting to taste at the time of brewing.