Good grief. I think I got really lucky here. Picked this up as a 12 oz single. On the label it has “Mindestens haltbar bis: 22.10.04” which is obvioulsy a reference to October of 2004 either as a bottled on, or best before date. It matters not, since this beer has aged beautifully.
Dark, Porter like, noisy pour which tells me that this beer is going to be class. Brown with some light orange highlights. Large head that fades quickly to leave little or no lacing on the glass but a small, spotty head on the surface of the body.
WOW, this is RICH. Velvety and vuluptuous! Sweet malts and mild alcohol (it drinks well below the 9.2%) coupled with a silky mouthfeel gives this beer a perfect mouthfeel. Drinkability is also very high considering everything.
Huge Port and sherry notes in the aroma and the taste, but without the harshness that sometime accompany such brews. Mild dark fruits (raisins) and a little Christmas cake marzipan too. Caramelized malts and burnt brown sugars – it’s a treat.
In summary: I wish I had a case.