douglas88 (9508) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
750 ml bottle, 2004 vintage thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark muddy brown color with a medium white head. The aroma is interesting and different; musty, nutty, sweet fruity notes. The flavor is similar; a ton of dusty tomes, funky fruit, light caramel. Interesting. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
750 ml bottle - 2007 vintage; clear copper with thin tan head; carbonation is light; sugar, dates and molasses; musky, creamy and very tasty; texture is thin and still; lots of malts with caramel, chocolate and dark fruit; very nice effort JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750ml, vintage 2007, from Iron Hill, Media. Fairly clear and vibrant pour, a deep amber color with lively carbonation and a prickly one-finger head. Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, which is a bit too one-dimensional for the style. While faint traces of spice and wood are detectable, it’s a shade below the flavor. With a modest mouthfeel, there is some character that comes through as you savor the beer. Mild hops and citrus flavors play around in the sweet malt pocket, with some toffee, port, and wood coming through as the beer warms. Solid. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 [2358-20090731] Bottle. Burnt wood shavings aroma has mild minty licorice notes. Hazy, dark brown orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy malt wood flavour is heavy. Full body. Noticeable alcohol, quite good otherwise. (8/3/7/3/16) 3.7
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
(Vintage 2005; w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)
[4409B-20120504] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Smoky toasted fruit skins and light mint aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a quick creamy light tan head. Bold toasted boozy grains flavour has a light roasted mint finish. Medium-full body is quite boozy. Tasty but sneaky. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(Vintage 2007; c/o blankboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 2102-05-04. Hazy dark amber body, small beige head. 3+ Flavour is malt forward, light alcohol lingers in the finish. Light fruit notes, hints at raisins. Dark fruit grows slowly. Very light oxidation. Aroma is similar, fruity malt and light alcohol. Pretty nice, quite drinkable. 7/4/8/3+/16 2007 Vintage bottle, shared by Blankboy.
j12601 (12979) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
2009-07-31. Hazy brown body with a foamy beige head. (3+) Sweet aroma of caramel, rasins, figgie puddin, sweet malt. (8+) Flavour is similar, sweet caramel, fruit, dark fruit/figs, dates. Sweet malty base. Lovely. (8+) Smooth medium bodied palate. Really good! 2005 Vintage Bottle at BCTC 2009
Bottle of the 2005 at BCTC. Pours a hazy brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Caramel, slightly oxidized plum notes. Malty, with some caramel and plum echoes, on a nice chewy body. Finishes lightly bitter.
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle at BCTC 2009: The 2005 version. Pours a murky deep orange copper with an off white well retained film. Rich fruity malt aroma- some vanilla, honey, and plummy notes with a prune skin bitterness. Slick chew body. Thick caramel flavor with plummy richness and a spicy fruit skin bitterness. Tastes a bit old with some oxidized sherryish notes. A fairly nice Old Ale. bubbleflubber (2231) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Nice amber-copper pour, not quite transparent, with a huge frothy tan 4-finger head that dissipates well, leaving chunky lace down the glass. The nose contains nice malty sweetness. The flavors follow in tow, very malty with nods to caramel. There are also some woody notes, without being earthy or smoked. This follows mid-palate with some nice dark chocolates. The finish just closes kindly on the flavors, leaving a touch of alcohol (rare for the actual ABV) and just the slightest hints of a spiced hop. All of the complexities work very well together, and although the mouthfeel is thick and full, it is an extremely smooth quaff. The full palate is best explored when the sitting temperature is allowed to rise about 20 minutes from removal of refrigeration. Cheers, and a great job on this one to Iron Hill! WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
2007 vintage holiday, shared with my girlfriend Cyn and our friend Paul with Dinner. Pours orangey copper with a tan head. Nose is rich with caramel and quite malty. Taste is rich and very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. Yum. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
750, corked and baled. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Crystal clear dark rubied orange. Dark amber in the middle. Headless, laceless. Oranges, spruce, chocolate, and mint on the nose. Creamy medium body. The oranges, spruce, chocolate, and mint all come back for the mid-palate. Spizy, minty finish. Very nice stuff.