SanfordBrewer (1518) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank April 2012.
Translucent dark copper with a thick bubbly beige head. Medium-full body with hard carbonation.
Aroma: herbal resinous hops, bready caramely malts.
Taste: crisp malt, herbal hops, and some soured notes.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden bronze colour with smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of dark fruits and light toffee. Some alcohol is noticeable also. Flavours are slightly sweet with somewhat alcoholic finish. Slightly unrefined but good never the less.
rjwhite41 (55) - osceola, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with dark off white/light tan head, about two fingers with lively carbonation. Smells of apples, pears, biscuit, alcohol, and wood. Tastes of wood, grass, fruit (apples and pears), biscuit, caramel and alcohol. Nicely bittered to balance the sweetness, alcohol is too evident and ends with a nice bitter finish. Obviously would be better in a year or two as Fullerís recommends but Iím not patient enough. Medium to heavy body, despite carbonation with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Good beer now, if youíre a patient person put it in the cellar because it should be great after some age.
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 500ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn) - drunk 2012-04 (6:4:6:4:12=3.2)
6 interesting aroma. Full aroma, quite perfumey, sweet fruits, but a bit like washing up liquid. Also get some acetone, I think.
4 Rich orange, small tight head.
6 Sweetish, touch gluey retronasals, alas. Great woody bitterness.
4 Smooth almost slick palate. Gentle carbonation doesnít help the slickness. Bitter tingle is great, tons of hops, this will age well.
12 Well, this is a pretty solid brew, but itís way too young. The level of hops tells me that this will maintain its bite very well, and the sweetness of the malts means that thereís plenty of ageing potential. I look forward to a rerate of this, but í guess Iíll not touch the bottles for 2 years...
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) drunk 2012-12 (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
A: 7 Slightly sweet toffee-ish malts at first, but also some alcohol comes over. Smells quite young compared to the previous two we had (1999 and 2008).
L: 4 Mid red, brief off-white head settles to a small layer. A touch hazy.
T: 7 Strange (for this style) milkiness to the sweetness. Breadier malts, rather than the cakiness I prefer. Some nettliness to the retronasals.
P: 4 Smoothish palate, but quite crisp carbonation. Mellow finish, the milkiness softens things nicely, but thereís also a good biting tingly noble hop bite too.
O: 14 Such a change from last year - only 8 months has turned it into a different beer. Definitely got more potential for drying out - and I hope gaining a few raisins, which I always look forward to.
500ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
Slightly soapy hop aroma. Also in the taste. But a full palate, pleasantly smooth. Lots of vanilla. Some soapiness in the taste too. A lovely malty beer, but lacking balls. Not beginning to show the ageing I like. Leave this at least 2 years.
tommann (3491) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is sticky figs, caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is really sweet, figs, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Some fruitcake spice as well. Warming aftertaste.
TheHopster (1074) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle). The 2011 vintage is a not a standout. The flavor lacks depth and is slightly metallic. Very mild. A disappointment from a brewer with strong history of quality vintage ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
QuezXLV (416) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome red color and nice subtle fruity aroma. It has a medium hops taste and also fruity.
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good looking beer poured in pint glass, however this is raw and lacking harmony, boozy, metallic
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex and rich aroma: fruits, herbal/floral, hops, biscuits, wood and rust, malt, caramel. Quite strong alcohol feel. Bitter aftertaste with alcohol warmth. Amber colour. Small head. Very fine beer.
MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ben. Unrefined alcohol and shady hops. Pretty poor especially compared to the 2000 vintage.