Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
Dark amber, with little head and a mild carbonation; Aroma like cognac, although a few of us were tasting this and arguing over which kind of spirit we were smelling. Smooth palate, as the malts wash over you. I’ve never had a beer this big with Maris Otter before. Warming, complex and delicious. A fireside ale. TBone (17685) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2006
Bottled vintage 2006.
Clear dark ruby red, steady small brown head. Toffeish, caramelly, dark fruits, burnt malts in the nose. Soft, liquerish palate. Toffee, roasted malts, some licorice. Brandy-like warming alcohol in the aftertaste. yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. It has a nice, dark red color and a small beige head. No carbonation. Wonderful aroma with beef-stock, some alcohol, hops and malty sweetness. The flavor starts off quite sweet, followed by lots of hops, and then alcohol. Full, sweet body. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though there is a lot of hops in it. A beer I would like to see here in Norway, I could open a bottle, pour it in a glass, and then spend an hour or so, just smelling it. (060428) jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2012 Otsuchi Bottle. Pours reddish chestnut brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of grapes, chestnuts, almonds, toffee and brown sugar. Heavily carbonated. A touch sweet on the palate. Medium body. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of muddy brownish red color with a short lived tan head that settles down to a thin ring.
S: A strong aroma of dark fruits, leather, toffee, and dark sugars. There is a mild alcoholic presence in the form of sherry, rum which works nicely with the plums and raisins.
T: There is a bitterness and dryness that wasn’t quite expected. The leathery quality really shines through along with some dark/burnt sugars. Surprisingly, the fruits are somewhat subdued.
M: The body is full with a smooth carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy as well.
D: Not the best of the old ales that I’ve come across. Perhaps I need to try this one at varying ages to see how it might differ.
FatPhil (16359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2015
355ml bottle (Beertopia, Nebraska) thanks Anna’s parents! 2009 vintage drunk 2015Dedollewaitor (16174) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
Where have my previous 2 ratings gone!?!? Nice roast aroma, cakey, dark bread, a little sweet, and some mint from the age. Does smell 5+ years old. Lovely full smooth palate. Soft sweet malty body, just a bit of caramel and toffee, but not sticky or sugary sweet. Retronasals are lovely, has that tempting cakey caramel. Finish beatifully roasty, a darker caramel than the taste. Covers the alcohol brilliantly, and doesn’t just smother it with sugar. Dang, I’ve sat on this for 6 years, It was worth the wait, but alas it’s now it’s over. Thanks Frank!
This one really burns my cheek & throat. A lot of sweet - dark fruits - prune & raisin. Good amount of hops and warming & clearly visible alcohol. A true sipper - but again almost too powerfull. Medium body - sticky texture. MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Hoppy aroma. Nice, peppery, malty flavour with some bonbon. Dark chestnut colour. Good body. Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Caramel and cherry with a bit of booze. Clear copper with a thin head. Caramel with a boozy finish. Little hot and alcoholic. Benzai (15794) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle shared with MrHangover. Clear red color, medium sized quite quickly diminishing a bit fizzy beige head. Aroma is malts, nice fruityness, dark fruits, caramel. Taste malts, caramel, dark fruits, balanced sweetness. Alcohol well hidden, very drinkable, very balanced, good body and soft carbonation. Very nice.