Has anyone tried one of these yet? I was attending a wake yesterday and was offered a warm bottle of the new vintage. I must say, and the first reason I post, I was impressed. It was a cold evening to be standing around in a suit, and the malt profile was immediately outstanding. What impressed upon me most though, was that the malt was followed by some very nice light hop character. Normally I'm used to the hops coming first, especially when the impression was such light tropical green fresh fruit. Since I typically overanalyse everything, my first overall thought was disappointment that the lovely hop flavour would not even remotely stand up to the ageing expected from a 'vintage' ale. Then I thought they'd done a very nice job of giving this vintage an immediate 'drink it now' quality. That always pays for sales. I also love the idea of a beer that has different peaks in quality over time. Fresh bright hops when young, a dry & malty backbone at the peak of its existence and a marriage of rich malt and oxidative qualities in the twilight years. Perhaps I'm waxing lyrical, but I enjoyed my beer experience yesterday. Sometimes, I think that's what it's all about.