superspak (5228) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, 2007 vintage best before 12/18/2010. Pours extremely hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty foamy cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge prune, raisin, fig, toast, red wine, molasses, caramel, chocolate, bread, earth, tobacco, and light herbal. Pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, red wine, toast, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, tobacco, wood, light cardboard, and herbal. Moderate wine-like earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, toast, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, tobacco, cardboard, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance with good complexity; fair amount of oxidation noticed; slight cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, syrupy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid old ale. Some good flavor complexity with decent balance; though a bit cloying, it was quite smooth to sip on. This was fairly enjoyable.
AndySnow (7313) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Tasting at Björn, 2017-03-04.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, caramel, sour, plum, vinous.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, alcohol, vinous, caramel, sour.
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask in Mar 2008 and Bottle 2007 Vintage - Amber Brown colour. Vinous (port/sherry-like) and vinegary. Malty (toffee, burnt sugar, roasty, caramel). Fruity (apple, dark fruits, berries). Fruitcake-like. Spicy (cinnamon). Yeasty (earthy, leather). Smooth, bitter-sweet. Sour throughout. Warming alcohol. Very long dry malty finish. Unusual (unique) but rather odd taste. (2008)
MPA (990) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Had a case of these and must have it noted in my backlog. Dark brown with thin beige lacing. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, grapes and red wine along with some cocoa nips. Tart flavour with notes of grapes and roasted malt ending in a grapefruit bitterness. Still a classic to me and aging does this beer well.
kraddel (7304) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thnx to matt
2007 vintage as to be expected.
Pours bit clear, dark amberbrown,. Small white head. Smell is sweet, bit port. Sharp, yet round.
Taste is sharp port, sugar, milkchocolate aspects ( white chocolate, even) . Bit dusty. Perhaps a bit over its most charming period, but still fine.
McNeillR (2292) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 Light earnest clear dark ambery brown, lick of a off white head. Big sugary cola bottle bag, edge of oxidization. Lemon cola, vibrant malt and lightest vinegar tinge. Sourish vibrance to the mouthfeel but the light coppery finish shakes things a little. Localised crisp bitterness on the linger. I enjoyed it but I’ve no idea what happened here.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
allmyvinyl (10180) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Bottle at Craig’s. Pours red brown with a thick off-white head. Aromas of sweet cola, red fruit. Taste is sweet, fruity, blackcurrant. Thin texture, medium body. sweet finish. Bit of cardboard at the back, but good.
Stuu666 (12233) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours ruby, nose is oxidised sherry, caramel, taste is cherry, sour, fruity, sweet.
GuideDogSaint (1291) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought from the brewery some time ago. Pours dark red brown with a thin white head. Aroma of toffee and kriek. Taste sour. I think this is improving.
Fin (10161) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure where I got this from but had this at Adina Apartment Hotel, Berlin, Germany, Saturday 16th November 2013 Wonderfully tart and tangy, sour even. Six years young this has aged really well. Sour fruit on nose, Loz is convinced that this will have a meatiness but we’re both surprised that it has nothing like. One of those wonderfully quirky British beers that sort if defies a mainstream catergorisation. Lovely beer, ok it may not have such a cute corked bottle as the original but to be fair I had a few duffers with the originals, sonehow I don’t think that’ll happen here. Good beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0
drfabulous (7403) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at Kevin’s. Sweetness to the beer. Almost grape juice. No carbonation with pour. Light body.