dnicolaescu (2442) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAR 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample 100 ml. Hazy amber-red, beige head. Big malty aroma, lots of ripe fruit, quince jam, alcohol-infused candies. The taste is not that extremely sweet, again malty and fruity, biscuit, light bitterness and just a hint of alcohol. Pretty smooth and easy-drinking body.
sunstoneale (74) - MOLDOVA - MAR 7, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Complex aroma reminiscent of quince jam with hints of caramel, alcohol and some peated notes. Medium-thick body with a pleasant liquor-like texture. Taste rich with caramel malt, quince, apricot, some peated notes and alcohol. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Although rather sweet in overall it itís not cloying and generally rather balanced. Very complex and amazing beer, definitely a favorite.
Maersk (259) - MOLDOVA - MAR 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color, no head. Murky. Aroma of quince jam. You can smell how thick is the body even. Mild alcohol in the taste. Jam disappears, Some ripe fruits and grapes. Finish is a bit rough, goes away quickly, but still leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Bill Becker (950) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012, best before end of 2015.
Initial pour shows a clear rust coloured brew sitting under an inch of foam; second pour and it gets distinctly cloudy. Bottle conditioned and all.
The first aroma I notice is that of orange citrus. Beyond that, thereís the usual nose of caramel malt with more semi sweet semi bitter notes of molasses.
Drinking this is pleasurable. Tastes like it smells with the addition of a bit of oxidation in the finish. Not unusual nor distracting.
Smooth mouthfeel with very little presence of the alcohol in the taste or smell.
I bought 5 editions of this curious beer, 2009-2010-2012-2014-2015. 09 was lovely, 10 not so much. I would buy this and the 09 again. ~US$10 each.
visionthing (5133) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle (No# 01777 - probably from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo). Pours clear amber with a fairly modest off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with notes of honey, dried fruits and hints of citrus and alcohol. Sweet, smooth, quite complex and flavourful with some bitterness. Warming and quite nice although itís not exactly my favourite style.
tarmok (1382) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber liquid with yellowish head. aroma of sugar, red currant, mint. taste: heavy sweet med bitter, light sour, caramel, malts. med body, av carb, oily
McDef85 (42) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Molto complessa, sia agli aromi che in bocca. Tante sensazioni contrastanti che vanno perfettamente díaccordo. Alcolico pronunciato, dolce, caramello ma con gradevole amaro.
TBone (17085) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 500ml (#29664)
3 years old bottle. Clear amber color, small white head. Toffee, malts, sherry in the nose. Medium-bodied. Dried fruits, a bit nutty, toffee, light alcohol, some oxidized notes. Even this is not so old, feels a bit past its prime. Somewhat simple without edges.
Christos (5466) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5%
Deep orange to red colour on the body, quite hazy, with one finger of thick enough, off0white head on top. Good retention.
Aroma has malts, english hops, sugar, light alcohol, red fruits.
Taste is sweet and malty, with hints of hops, caramel, red fruits, dates, raisins.
Medium body, carbonation on the high side.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Bottle #22352. Clear copper in colour with a thin but long lasting off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is of caramel, sweet malts, toffee, light alcohol, honey and vanilla. The flavour is moderatly sweet, lots of toffee, sweet malts, syrupy, moderate hops. Warming and sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes warming, sweet. Still young but we all know that these age well.