TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (in NZ - cheers Carl). Pours a bright amber with a large foamy off white head. Caramal malt aroma - hints of aniseed and berries. And uncomplicated, but full fruity palate along with that caramal malt. Medium bitterness, but a fairly dry finish. Delicious. They certain know what they are doing when producing these Vintage Ales.
Dedollewaitor (15724) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Pours dark amber with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet of alcohol and malts. Caramel, dark fruits and sugar. Smooth palate. Low carbonation. Still a little rough around the edges compared to the older ones. Still quite nice!
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not their best in the row of Vintage Ales. To me itís more like a very well brewed European Strong Lager than a English Ale. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Amber colour, yellowish head, good lace. Very sweet, very bitter, malty, apple, bit metallic finish. Thick and oily.
Boutip (6084) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with a light dry bitter hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt with a dry hoppy finish but lacking some toffee and sweet caramel notes that previous edition had while not being so hoppy as previous edition which is a good thing for this style. Average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a mid sized long long lasting off white head that leaves great lacing. Very dense head. Gorgeous beer. Complex aroma of honey, hazelnut, raisins, caramel and citrus. Flavor is tons of caramel and vanilla up front going into a grassy hop middle with decent bitterness. Sweet honey notes with hints of raisins finish out leading to a lingering finish with slight bitterness and notes of caramel and vanilla. Terrific. Underated, and this beer will only get better with time.
pilsnerrogge (2865) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber with a dense head. Sweet and malty caramel aroma with lots honey. Flavour is quite sweet with notes of hazel nuts, liquorice and raisins.
aphalo (94) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #34443. Colour is very clear amber, smallish head. Aroma is wide and sweet with aspects of alcohol. In taste thereís nuts, bitternes, citrus covered with carbon. Aftertaste is long, mild and smooth. Well balanced, even it hasnít aged enough.
hopscotch (10761) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a small, fluffy, white head. Caramelly, vinous nose proposes tawny port and herbal, grassy, English hops. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Leans a little toward the bitter side of balance - toffee and caramel sweetness flanking peppery, grassy hop bitterness. Lengthy, caramelly, medium-bitter finish.
DerWeg (1604) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
O my! This is nice stuff... gutsy, deep balanced flavors and almost lemony hops. It hangs on almost like a BW. Deep caramel and nutty malt flavors. Intentionally excessive solidity. A beer that promises to hold on & deliver a lot more.
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than last year. The challenger acts as the sheriff in what could be an unruly ale. The finish is nuttier than anticipated but works wonderfully. Perfect balance. Perfect colour and head.