AndySnow (7927) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2017 mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy red, and has an off-white head with good retention and some nice lace. Lovely fruity aroma - smells very strongly of strawberries. Intensely fruity taste - strawberries again (more like cooked strawberries) becoming just a bit more tart towards the finish, and ending on well-blended herbal hop notes. Not at all sour, though. Moderately creamy body, decent carbonation (I re-poured this into a different glass half-way through pouring it from the bottle, so the carbonation was likely reduced in the process, slighly). Very, very pleasant - probably the fruitiest FVA ever.
How: Bottle.Marduk (8059) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 19, 2017
Where: RBESG 17 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Hazy brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, some alcohol, spices.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, alcohol, spices, some vanilla.
500ml bottle (RBESG Grand Tasting 2017). Clear dark amber color. Medium size, yellowish head, stays. Caramel, raisins, malty, sweetish, twiggy in aroma. Caramel, raisins, sweet, twiggy and herbal hops in taste. Caramel, raisins and hops in aftertaste. Dry mouthfeel. Very pleasant in mouth. Excellent brew. Rubin77 (2383) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 13, 2017
F: light tan, quick gone.
C: deep amber, hazy.
A: vinous, caramel, honey, herbal, complex.
T: malt, herbal, vinous, bit honey, medium to full body, medium carbonation, quite complex stuff, fully enjoyed, sample from 50cl bottle @ RBESG 2017, Grand tasting in Tallin, Estonia.
VamboladeTolly (2156) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Aroma: caramel, sweetish, sugary. Taste : candy, caramel, sweet. Medium body. Not for me. martjoobolut (4814) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours amber. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, malty. Flavor follows the nose. Overall: good.
HerrBierkoenig (1562) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 20, 2017
0,5l bottle from Damian Bottleshop, Pours cloudy amber liquid, medium frothy tan head, Aroma: candied fruits, apricot, spicy, orange, lemon peel, Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, candied fruits, malty, citrus Palate: full body, soft carbonation, oily mouthfeel, long candied fruity sweet aftertaste, Overall: very good, enjoyed. Could me more complexe. Nuffield (4185) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
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 (3197) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
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 (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
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 (145) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
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!