danlo (2753) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Fullers online shop. Bottle No. 014929. Murky orange-brown amber colour, thin beige foam head and aroma of brown sugar, honey, malt & grain, raisins, fig, fruit cake. Taste is sweet malty, grains, molasses, toffee, fruity, fig & raisins, caramel, hint of chocolate plus some grassy boozy notes and light bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, earthy nutty warming bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.
mR_fr0g (10403) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Doric arch Euston. Bottle number 014109./ a rare winner. Good
Reddy amber coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is mint, cakey. Malts. Vanilla. Oak, sweet fruit cake. Flavour is composed of sweet fruit cake, mint. Cake. Fruit, mint. Faint choc. Palate is semi sweet, little choc, semi sweet, moderate carbonation, smooth warming alcohol. Good boost. Fuck the Euston tap . lingering boozy fruit cake, choc, warming alcohol. Love it.
andriesradu (695) - ROMANIA - MAY 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brown/red with a fast diminishing beige head. Sweet, fruity, caramel, some brandy, dusty/old, slighty bready,alchool aromas. Flavor is heavy malty with notes of alchool, fruits, caramel. A bit winy in the end. Bready aftertaste
commonmac (1112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last bottle of a sweet gift received from Jason Nagy. No. 105106. Consumed in a snifter glass. Deep mahogany color and the aroma really pushed through once it hit the glass...dark fruit...plum/raisin. Almost reaches for a caramel or slight hint of chocolate. Taste brings the alcohol punch like many of the other annual vintage ale efforts. The dark fruit of a Belgian dark abbey comes through. Raisin again with an earthy quality that really works for this ale. Bite at the end is strong with a little chocolate again making its ever so faint presence felt. Others mentioned it lost some of its beer qualities almost turning into a dark liquor and I canít find fault in that argument. Definitely packs a punch. Expectations were high for this one since it was the oldest one of the sampler pack. Did not disappoint.
berkshirejohn (6244) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle, #60140. An attractive reddish copper colour with a fast fading tight cream head; aroma of soft brown sugar and raisins; thick vinous body, with a taste of brandy soaked sultanas; and a satisfying, warming, finish. This vintage is still fresh and vibrant after six years.
Beerman6686 (6508) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a mahogany color with mo head at all, almost still really. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and oxidation
Flavor was as oxidized as the aroma.suggested, sweet, caramel, toffee and.figs.
Art (3203) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BA tasting. Pours a clear dark to medium brown. No head. Arms of sweet caramel. Vanilla. Taste is sweet. Dark fruits.
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Sean -- Poured into a pint glass. Looked muddy brown with little to no head. Smelled of caramel and booze. Flavor was perhaps a bit stale, but otherwise gave me the impression that an old ale turned into a caramel liqueur. Tasted good, drank well.
Marduk (6773) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle nr. 009590 (thanks FatPhil). Clear copper color. Caramel, malty, berries, raisins, candy in aroma. Raisins, caramel, plum stones, woody taste. Sugars are all gone and feels bit thin. Dry woody aftertaste. As it warms taste improves.
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
On pouring, a lovely raisiny aroma, but in the glass itís less sweet and less raisiny. Still pleasantly so, but thereís a wateriness to it, a touch of minerals even. Thinnish when cold, but on a little warming fills out nicely. Sweetish malts, woody, a little nutty. Lacking the bitterness of hops that other vintages have had. Definitely much better as it warms. Probably not worth cracking opening the next bottle for 3-5 years, this feels like it needs to autolyse and age abit.