Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with a small white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Average plum and spice aroma. Medium body with a oily texture. Good fruity flavor with mild smoke finish of an average duration. kermis (14955) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of overripe fruit, light caramel, malt, bread and raisins. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. HenrikSoegaard (14704) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. DArk amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma, rasin and prune notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter nice finish. Fantastic creamy palate. Excellent beer. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Chocolate brown pour with an almost nonexistent head. Earthy, oaky aroma. Very dry taste with hints of oak and vanilla. The lightest hint of dark fruits if I really strain to look for them. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Red amber ale with cashew hues and a thin white head. Vinous port aroma with woody notes. Light sweet malt with alcohol warmth and subtil whiskey peat notes. Rich and warm in mouth. Tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Dumdum would swim in traquair.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
Wonderful sweet malty aroma, a wee bit of brandy sneaking through. The flavor is rich and complex, the maltiness combined with fruitiness, mild smokiness and some chocolate. Alcohol flavor shows through just a little bit. Aftertaste a bit cloying, but otherwise an excellent beer. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mohogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, and a little toasty. Bitter with a metallic finish. Sour, smoky, oak and caramel notes also. Medium palate and somewhat rough. mR_fr0g (13977) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Paul and JackL for these.
Christian (13921) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
2011 vintage. Aroma is nice raisin dried fruits, figs nutty malts, some alcohol. Light caramel brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Flavour is composed of woody, booze, dried fruit, jam, little tang, some sugars. Palate is light / medium body, little age, lowish carbonation. 7,3,7,3,14
1991 vintage. Aroma is woody, soy, jammy fruits. Flavour is more jammy and dried fruit. Boozy fruit cake. Better. 6,3,8,3,15
1985 vintage. Aroma holds more sherry note, little tart, nutty soy. Flavour is composed of jam, earthy wood, little musty wood. 6,3,7,3,13.
1977 vintage. More umami, soy. Rasisn and booze, tart berry, jammy fig. plum. Still some carbonation on this bottle.
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Very dark copper colour with a lasting off-white head. Delicate toasted malt aroma, with some dark dried fruits in play. Malty sweet flavour with dried fruit, and a dark malt and hop bitterness that barely balances the sweetness. Vineous and rich sweetness bierkoning (13806) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2002
Bought in 1985 and hidden in my cellar all those years. Alc % on the label: 6%. Overwhelming porto aroma. Carbonation has almost disappeared. Porto taste with blackcurrant, raisins and pure chocolate. A bit metallic and buttery aftertaste. A very special beer that has survived 17 years of storage under less than ideal circumstances well.