Christos (5546) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Fullerís Vintage Ale 2010) 540 ml bottle if my conversion was done right, No 51795, served into a snifter at home, ABV 8.5%
Bright orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear. Something more than one fonger of thick, light tan head on top, with average retention, leaving light lacing behind.
Aroma has light caramel, dates, raisins, sugar, wood, malts, some alcohol after a deep sniff.
Sweet taste, plenty of dark fruits, lots of dates, plums, stewed red fruits too, sugars, berries, english style hops albeit stale, some alcohol on the finish, first signs of oxidation.
Medium to thick body, nicely carbonated. Quite dry on the palate.
Very good, Iíll have next yearís vintage a bit sooner though.
subgrade (11) - LATVIA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Feb.18. 2015. Very pleasant strong malty aroma, with notes of dried fruits. Medium tan head, clear copper colour. Medium sweet and malty taste, with bitterness surfacing later. The bitterness isnít too pleasant though - just plain bitter, even a bit acrid. Full body, thick and slick mouthfeel, long bittersweet finish. Overall a nice English strong ale, only the bitterness seems a bit off.
cfrancis (3373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dirty brown with a small white fizzy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is raisin and sweet caramel malts. Taste is sweet barley, light hops and slight caramel and toffee.
Lagerboy (2160) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle # 043867. Clear medium copper, fine lasting tan foam. Spiced caramel malt aroma. Taste is bolder toasted caramel malt, some toffee and vanilla, fruity hints, slightly floral and herbal, more than a bit boozy, smooth. Softer carbonation, medium-full bodied, moderately hopped. A more intense vintage. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
davetheeagle (2) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle no, 7945 purchased from the brewery. Poured well with good carbonation. Clear amber colour and white head. Hints of baked bread and peeled orange. Two years ago it was very fizzy so looking forward to my next bottle in 2016.
rosenbergh (11440) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. #077348. Courtesy of olio. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
Cloudy amber colour with a small frothy off-white head.
Sugary sweetness, alcohol, berry hops, mild bitterness and some malt in the aroma.
The flavour is... a bit raw? Is it possible? Hops, mild bitterness, dark fruits, sweetness and some alcohol in the flavour.
Metalchopz (3339) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at the LCBO, back in the day when it came out. Best before end 2013, bottle No. 078279. Pours a slightly hazy honey-amber colour with a frothy beige head, good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of fruitcake with raisins, oranges and nuts. Mild toffee with a little alcohol. Mildly dry mouthfeel. The flavours are better blended with dates, caramel malts, hints of minty grass and pepper. Kind of a lingering feel of eating a unripened banana. Pretty nice overall and seems a little milder than older versions.
Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark amber colour with a big off white head. Bready and nutty malty aroma with lemon and melon. Full, warming body. Really nice bready and sweet flavour along with lemon, orange, brown sugar, mandarin. Delicious.
cgarvieuk (23885) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home .. copper ... thin white lacing .. soft sweet fruits ... light soft sweet malts ... soft toffee malts ... soft sweet fruits ... soft toffee malts .. juicy fruits ... soft toffee fruits... blackcurrant fruits ... sweeet fruits .. zezt .. simple fruits ..
Stuu666 (12724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber, nose is caramel and berries, taste is thin, toffee, cardboard, bitter.