berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Bottle (50cl). No. 051014. Lovely, deep amber colour, slightly hazy. Half-inch, semi-sticky head, booze-like swirl, leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee, cookies, caramel, dried figs, hint of resin, menthol and sherry vinegar. Medium/full body, soft carbonation. Sweet taste, yet superbly balanced by a mild bitterness, some acidity and hint of salt. Long bittersweet aftertaste. Cuso (8880) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, kindly donated by Scopey, many thanks. Dark amber colored beer with medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, herbal notes, piney hops. Taste, toasted malt, caramel, biscuits, ripe oranges, tangerines, aromatic hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty. Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Appearance: Hazy ruby with thin ivory head.
Aroma: Dried fig, toffee, woody, spiritous, treacle, butterscotch.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium sourness with low bitterness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, low/average carbonation, dry abrupt butterscotch, spiritous, dried fruit finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very tasty. Bottle number 132880. commonmac (1290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
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 can’t 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. CObiased (516) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2017
1pt 0.9fl.oz. bottle - not sure if it would still be good but oh my. The pour is a clear light mahogany color with a thin off white head. Excellent layered aroma of caramel, toffee, cherrywood, ripe fruit and a hint of nuttiness. Wonderfully smooth flavors like fruitcake, red licorice, toffee and sucanat. Yum
scrumpypete (3) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2017 does not count
This limited edition ale was 2009 vintage, with a BB date ’end of 2012’. I opened it 2017-07-05 with apprehension, although I was told it would last longer. It is ’bottle conditioned’, so I did not worry too much. I will buy a more recent and up-to-date vintage to compare - maybe this has remained too long unopened.
This is an English ale, as opposed to what passses for ale in North America - very little creamy head, not many bubbles (not carbonated - just natural ’working’ in the bottle). I served it chilled, rather than cellar temp. No lace.
A warm-brown colour, with a glow of red against the light, in the glass. A slight nose of hops, with a whiff of caramel and chocolate, not yeasty, just a bit ’warm’. A strong taste of butterscotch, and a sharp overlay of hops on inhalation. Medium sweet, not very bitter, with a slightly sour aftertaste. It finishes with a ’gimme more’ taste, slightly bitter, and quite lingering .
This is a exceptional beer - somewhat expensive, but worth every penny. Best savoured with a good friend, and, perhaps, a plate of oysters.
robinvboyer (4722) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Impressively drinkable fresh! Often these vintages are a little rough around the edges fresh but this one is great! Wonderful caramel malts, pungent holdings, and some great subtle fruits. Super well balanced and incredibly smooth.
gam (4009) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2010
Biege coloured foamy head good carbonation rich amber colour with an aroma of malted goodnesss caramel nuttiness fruit alcohol toffee honey flavour caramel honey toffee brandy raisin morishing mellow mild bitter light sweetness all of this at the finish of afine vintage alcohol presence of 8.5% perfect top ale bhensonb (15505) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle No. 118663. Pours a clear, brilliant copper with a good foamy light beige head. Aromas of nicely roasted caramel and floral hop. Near full bodied with really foamy carbonation. Flavor is spicey, floral hoppy over a nice roast malt. Suggests a tobacco note in a way. Also quite fruity. The spicey hot bits hit the tongue. This is a smooth and drinkable ale. Love it. Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Aromas of vanilla, caramel, and most of all apple are what I noticed first.
Nice medium amber-orange colour with a minimal head. Not cloudy with a lovely sparkle.
A light, sweetness, minimal bitterness and a medium body that is not overpowering. A nice degree of carbonation adds just the right amount of fizz. Smooth finish. A very enjoyable beer for sure.