rouhlas (3986) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 5, 2015
250ml bottle, v1997. Black color with No head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, figs, plums, some chocolate, caramel, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with soy sauce. Medium to full sticky body with flat carbonation. BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Mega alcohol smell. Malty taste with nuts and raisins. Full body, low carbonation, and no foam. Has an alcohol taste and burn. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
25cl blue bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary celebrations in CBC Clerkenwell, London. Massive thanks to Ang for this rare piece of brewing history. It pours a dark brown colour with no head to speak of. Aroma is swete and vinegarish, with notes of oxidised caramel, tannins, oak, vermouth, sweet red wine and sugar. Taste is a similar mix of sweet and tart notes, with a bunch more oxidation, caramel, sweet wine, molasses. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, novel The_Osprey (9723) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle share at the Cad’s 10 year tasting. Thanks! This is an old beer. Black with a red hue, no head at all. Aroma is meaty, bovril, really sweet molasses. Classic aged beer with plenty of oxidation. Body is medium to full, no carbonation, smooth. Taste is really sweet, boozey, brick dust, masonry, salty, meaty, a little dry. Not the sort of thing I’d generally go for, but very glad to try it. harrisoni (19556) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Just huge thanks to Ang Reakt. Like a dry oloroso sherry. Soy sauce salt. Just stunning. Meaty bovril. Lovely. Amazing.
CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Lets go to the Jockey Boxkevinator (2867) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2015
1995 Steven Adam Triple Box, shared by friend, not in dining room, for make the taste!
Pours black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.
Pours pitch black and flat.
The aroma certainly offers some soy sauce & mushrooms. It’s also got a great toffee thing going on, it’s got some brine, & some chocolate. Honestly this particular bottle has more going for it than not aromatically, it’s easily the best smelling sample of this beer I’ve had.
The flavor is well beyond any sample of the beer I’ve ever had as well... considerably so. It’s got port wine & tart fruit. It’s got dark chocolate and Pedro Ximénez Sherry, raisins, cherries and warming booze. Yes it has oxidized character, but in a shockingly mild way for the near Decade that the thing has been in bottle.
So much going on here. I’ve had this beer maybe half a dozen times by now, and this bottle stands head & shoulders above the rest. Wow.
This rating might be slightly unfair. I would highly recommend it if anyone finds this on the shelf somewhere to make sure that it was stored properly. After I tried this and by tried it I mean a couple of ounces, I spent the rest of the evening shooting out at both ends like a lumberjack firework. Aroma was strong molasses but not unpleasant. Color was very dark and the palate very thick although chunky. Flavor was sweet soy sauce and molasses. You have been warned. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
1994 bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. I was told these bottles hadn’t left the brewery’s cellar since they were brewed. Pour is slick oily black with a small bit of cork particles floating around. Big caramel, toffee, raisins, some prunes, dates, cognac and a touch of soy in the aroma. Taste is very rich and decadent - roasted caramel notes, brown sugar, molasses, maple and wood notes with some prunes. Somewhat reminds me of Utopias. This seems to have held up well, which is completely opposite to the majority of ratings. Slick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad at all. mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
1995 Vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours an opaque dark amber-brown with no head. Nose is sure thick, with salt and soy sauce upfront, with liqueur and more salt. Flavour is bizarre, with very sour notes, liqueur, and soy sauce – obviously lots of oxidation at this point. What a strange beer. Never had anything like this. Not a total disaster, but it’s not really enjoyable. Cool to try, but not exactly refined. Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 1995 - Salty Skunky, soy sauce and oily dark notes. Inky brown black with no head. Umami, soy sauce and a salty finish. Odd dark weird sweet, salty notes. Not that great.