DerWeg (1616) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
old gold color, not so much carbonation or head. Taste dry-sweet pale fruits and some lemon, round sweet middle and alcohol, sweet grassy hops. Nice.
The_Osprey (7621) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 2016 - Bottle share at One Canada Square. As íFullerís Vintage Ale 2012í, 8.5%. Very dark orange or brown, translucent, foamy tan head, full lacing. Aroma is quite airy, toffee and bready malts. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is light toffee malts, apple, papery into the finish. Maybe tastes a little older than it is. (3.1)
Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 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.
MrBeerFanatic (1048) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty deep red dark caramel with a medium thick head. Aromas of sweet aged caramel malts, light whiskey barrel, wood. Flavors sweet caramel, light whiskey barrel, light wood, faded grassy hops. The flavors have mellowed out over the years (4-5 years aged). Pretty decent.
Beerclubsa (147) - Strand, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 17, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift from Scott. Deep Amber colour with a tan head and good retention. Aromas of dark stone fruit and tobacco, caramel. Palate has a silky full body and medium low carbonation. Flavors of plums, cherries, spiced peaches, tobacco with a bitter long dry finish. Tastes more like a barley wine. Really great but could age a few more years.
GregClow (3344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #42895. Drunk on January 4th 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 Iíve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "Caramel, red currant, lime leaf, sponge toffee, vanilla cream. Seems simpler than the 2011, but still enjoyable."
mariuspoenari (2090) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the December THT at deansoís. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Notes of cognac, dried fruit, caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter-sweet finish.
jmgreenuk (8673) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the December THT. Poured a slightly hazy medium amber with a whispy white head. The aroma is toffee caramel sweet malt woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich smooth woody hop, light fruity palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
sjogro (3451) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Still here, THT December at deansoís! Near clear dark brown with off white head. Big sweet barley and toasted malts, vanilla. Caramel and fudge. Some grapes and white raisans. Big sweet and medium bitter. Over medium body and low carbonation.
Maakun (4804) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THT. Almost clear light amber with cream colored head. Marzipan, sweet grapes, light bitter herbs, vanilla, sweet malts, some red wine, light cognac. Over medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied.
teorn88 (7612) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle shared in CW. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. It pours a clean golden color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and caramely with notes of toffee and milk chocolate. Taste is also sweet and malty with toffee and biscuit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty