Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles.
john44 (2605) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles. BCA - BBE Dec 2013; Drank Mar 2011 and April 2015 - Reddish Amber in colour. Very Malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts, hints of chocolate. Very Fruity; citrus oranges, marmalade, hints of dark fruits. Spicy. Fullers yeast; heavily sedimented. Hoppy; earthy hops. Smooth and rather syrupy. Alcohol warming and quite evident. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Some bitterness in the dry finish. Very tasty. Nice beer! (2015-04-04)
GregClow (3310) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #32021. Drunk on January 2nd 2016 and reviewed on my personal Facebook page as part of a series of posts reviewing FVAs from 2004 to 2015 over the course of the Xmas and New Year holidays. Now transferring over notes for those that I’ve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "Notes of dark toffee, cherry jam, almond biscuit, tart cranberries & spruce tips. If not for the year on the label, I wouldn’t guess it to be 5+ years old at all."
beer_queue (121) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled: 05/13/2013. Bottle-conditioned. Cloudy deep amber with orange highlights; off-white, thin, tan head that thins out very quickly to leave a ring around the top; no lace. Earthy and sugary aromas; a mixture of dark & light fruits; very floral. Some spice, hops, and alcohol coming through as well. Flavors arrive very nicely with fruity sweetness—pears, apples, plums, and grapes. The transition to the development is smooth, bringing creamy malts and mild, tangy hops. Finishes with the hops, and this time there’s a blend of peppery spice and alcohol. The finish is long and slow...the hops and the booze stay for quite a while. Once the beer warms up, the hops and booze stand out more and is present from beginning to end. At this point, yeast is more noticeable, which adds a sourdough/pumpernickel bread flavor to the finish. Medium-heavy body but is still very smooth; very little to no carbonation; bone dry finish. Overall, it’s a very complex ale that warrants a slow drinking session. This beer is demanding but is still approachable. None of the flavors are too bold that it will smack you in the face. Even though the beer really shows its strength once it warms up, it’s still not overwhelming. One of my all-time favorites!
JefVerstraete (3095) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from De Molen Beer Shop, shared with Elie & nutjes. Amber colour, white foam. Nose of caramel, varnish, plums. Rather bitter finish. Lacks a bit of complexity.
nutjes (582) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl-fles op tasting bij Elie. Merci! U: Helder koperkleurig met beige schuimkraag. G: Mout, karamel, rozijnen en wat gist. S: Zoet, karamel, gedroogd fruit en een leuke nabitterheid. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie
slowrunner77 (11012) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow - not bad in a 6 year vertical, though it did finish "last." Slight oxidation only. No hops to speak of. Sweet leaning malt driven brew. Mostly dark fruit and leather with maybe a little toffee and a warm finish.
ciocanelu (1804) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 Amber color, beige head. Dark malts and caramel on the aroma. Taste has dried fruits like figs and dates and also some caramel. Smooth mouthfeel.
Moravius (1198) - Beijing, CHINA - APR 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flasche (Nr. 35342, 50 cl), 5 Jahre daheim gelagert. - Tiefes Rotgoldbraun, trüb. - In der Nase vornehmer, etwas verhaltener orangenfruchtiger Hopfen, toastiges Malz, Anklänge an Honig und die typische Fuller’s-Hefe. - Im Antrunk schweres, nicht zu süßes toastiges Malz, ausbalanciert durch zitrusfruchtigen Hopfen, der zum Ende hin immer schwerer wird: Orangenschale bzw. Orangenlikör. Anklänge an Bittermandeln und Weinbrandkirschen. Mild rezent, weich im Mund, vollmundig und hefig. Verhaltener Ausklang mit etwas fuseligem Alkohol. - Gediegenes Starkbier mit wuchtiger Hopfung in schwerem Malzkörper, aber etwas zu hefig-verwaschen. Fuller’s 1845 schmeckt mir wesentlich besser.
goozen (3912) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pint with batchnumber: 51734: Clear brown colored brew with an burned character and smoothly sweet bitter taste, hints of peaches, some caramel and spices.