GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
750mL courtesy of ygtbsm94. Pours a muddy brown with no real head but more like cask bubbles clinging to the sides of the snifter. Aroma is cherry, caramel, rich old ale notes like toffee, dates, oxidized dark fruits. Overall the nose is a bit oxidized but no red apples showing through- just signs of good aging. Taste is buttery chocolate, cocoa butter, slight diacetyl cut by charred ashiness and tobacco that creates a strange balance. Very tawny port-like, spicy, oily palate. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Clear oild brown pour. Very pungent with sherry and chocolate mint. Lots of oak and vanilla. Bitter finish with noticeable alcohol. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared by Captain Cougar. Pours clear amber with little to no head. Aroma is heavy malt (toffee, nutty, caramel, cookie), heavy hops (floral, pine), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum, dates, alcohol, port, and cardboard. Flavor is heavy malt (toffee, nutty, caramel, cookie), heavy hops (floral, pine), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum, dates, and port. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Big doughy caramel malt nose, lots of cookie dough, very oxidized, sherry notes and tobacco. Taste is light to moderately sweet, no real bitterness, but the oxidation has cut down on the apparent sweetness so it isn’t unbalanced. Lots of cola, some leather, sherry and toffee. Nice. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Sampled on 2/9/2010. This pours a medium brown color from the bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is plums and brown sugar. A medium bodied . The malts are caramel, plums and prunes. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Very smooth tasting. A touch of oxidation, but hey this beer is nearly 12 years old. Thanks for sharing Mike. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2010
North Coast Brewing Company--Anniversary X Ale--1998 25.6 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Grand Cru--Aged in oak. Rich clear enticing red color. Fleeting wonderful aroma. Brutally rich balanced dry body. Not hoppy, but fleeting sweet fruit malt is big and balanced. WOW! 1/1/1999. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Tofee colored beer with little head. Oxidized and past its prime, but aroma of caramel and light sherry. Toffee flavor with some dried fruit and sherry notes. Medium-light body. Oxidized notes linger with some caramel/toffee and a litle earthiness. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Thanks Aspidites, Poured hazy dark amber brown, oxidzed, dark fruit, caramel, little wood, little nutty. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Thanks to Aspidites. Pours dark murky brown with no head. Nose of dried fruit, caramel, toffee and some expected oxidation. Same in the flavor with the addition of a smooth sherry like influence. A bit sweet. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
What? Really? Thanks after4ever! Seriously. I don’t want to stop sniffing it, just sitting with the glass, savoring the aroma. Heavy oak, mushroom, creme brulee, seems sharper than 7%. Unmoving sludgy muddy brown. Raspberry, light wood, much thinner in body than expected, still magical.