Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
0.65 l bottle (2004 vintage), thanks oh6gdx! Hazy mahagony color with creamy head.
Sweet, flowery, fruity, nutty, chocolatey and warming aroma. Tasty flavor with chocolate, nuts, fruity esters, waming alcohol and some hops. Nice nuttiness and alcohol warmt.
BeerBaby (93) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Coffee and chocolate with some roasting. Great aroma, great flavor. In my opinion, this would be great with German food. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks jjpm74!). Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is bready toffeeish along with some winelike notes. Oak and vanilla as well. Some slight alcohol. Flavour is raisins, bread, quite grassy along with some alcohol and spices. Has aged well! TBone (18552) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (vintage August 2004, Vasa session).
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong nice bready aroma with hints of raisins, bourbon and vanilla. Very portwineous palate, this beer has aged well. Bready, slightly hoppy, some raisins and caramel, touch of alcohol. Everything is well in balance. I believe that this beer is now in its peak. Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
Past it’s prime. Poured brown with a white head. Aroma of cardboard, booze, and fruit. Some fruit. Oxidized. Still drinkable.
fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Good and perhaps very good but as much as I can dig chocolate (and perhaps there was no chocolate malt, but just what the oak did to it, I would probably have liked it far more if the hops were ever so slightly amped and the "barrel" lowered. Good stuff despite what I said. dalekliz (927) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop Quad. Pours a hazy brownish-red with an off-white ring. Rich aroma, of malt, dark fruits, dates, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is clean, of malt, herbs, pine hops, chocolate, and dark fruits. Lingering sharp pine and malt flavors. Nice. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
WInter Storm 1-25-09
Apearance was auburn with no bubbles. Aroma: Citrus, vinegar, and plum skin.
Taste was hoppy and chocolatey.
Mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Overall not that impressive, didn’t hold up that well. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours an attractive copper color with an off-white head. Features balanced notes of caramel, wood, vanilla, hops, and toasted malts. Heartier than I was expecting. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
On tap at winterfest. Copper pour. Sweet malt, biscuits, caramel, toffee, fruit, and earthy notes. I liked this one better then the 7th.