Oakes (18198) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Dark reddish-brown colour. Dull, no head. aroma of chocolate, nuts, woody/earthy hops. The palate is smooth - a little oily even - with nuts, chocolate and hints of smoke, too. The finish is peanutty and sweet. It has some okay elements, but the package simply is not compelling. Heavy on the Stone yeast, too, also not so compelling (for me, anyway). TBone (17779) - 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. brokensail (16601) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of muddled dark brown color with some red and copper hints. The head is minimal.
S: Sweet toffee, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with some hints of chocolate. Definitely some oxidation, but not really cardboardy.
T: More of the same on the palate. Fairly sweet and heavy on the toffee and brown sugar. The chocolate is bittersweet and oxidation is minimal. A lingering bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.
D: This one has held up quite nicely, better than most of the other anniversary beers (probably because of not being an IPA). This one is still worth drinking. bhensonb (15490) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Got this bottle from Holiday Wine (with some effort). Pours deep dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma is warm coffee and toast and chocolate. Flavor is fruity and chocolate with some tobacco accents. Quite mellow. Very pleasing. djd07 (15282) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle from Aces and Ales. Pours a clear amber with no head. The aroma is faint wood and toast. Medium mouth with a sweet roast, light caramel, lingering sweetness, held up very well, very good.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle (Thanks for the taste to Engelsmann). Clear red/brown (glowing) - offwhite head. Aroma: Ryebread, chokolate, dried fruits. Taste: Caramel, chokolate, ryebread, sweteness, coffee, raisins, dried fruits, dusty, yeasty. Dusty dry bitter finish. Tmoney99 (14752) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown color with medium off-white head that diminished slowly. Aroma was malt with a small hop tone. Flavor was a moderate bitter with a moderate sweet finish. Medium to full body with a oily tone Good brew. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2004
(draft at Freakin Frog, Las Vegas) Clear brown body with red highlights, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, some caramel, light roasty. Taste is moderately sweet, nutty, some caramel, light roasty (very malty, minimal bitterness), bit of astringency in finish. Undercarbonated medium body. Big flavor for style. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Red brown ale with copper hues, no head. Sweet funky earthy aroma, almost smell the farm. Sweet caramel malt with raisins, and roasted coffee beans. Light alcohol burn and vanilla. Oily mouthfeel. rich bodied. Well balanced. Nov. 28 2004. Bought at CJ’s in Potsdam, NY. Drake (14033) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a copper-red color with a small head and floaties. Aroma is toffee and raisin with some herbal notes. Taste is toffee, chocolate, caramel, nougat and a citrus, herbal hop bite. Full bodied. Hoppiness pretty impressive for its age.