This is a bottle from my collection that I purchased years ago. The only reason I'm drinking it is because I noticed the fill level was decreasing, indicating the cork wasn't doing its job. Can you believe this was once $24.99? Good stuff.
Nose: A nice layered combination of oak, beer malt, herbal dill, cinnamon, sweet fruits (apricots and apples), and vanilla. There's some alcohol present but the smell is intense enough to not make it an issue.
Taste: Gentle arrival with bitter oak, dill, leather, and vanilla. It has a nice light velvety mouthfeel with a steady low temperature warmth that reminds me of some desert wine like a sauternes. It's well balanced. There are no off-putting or dominant flavors.
Finish: Here you can really taste the maltiness. Big fruity beer malt notes as well as a nice balance of leather, dill, and vanilla oak. The finish reminds me of some belgium ales such as a quad. Fruity, malty, herbal, oaky, goodness.
I have recently tried the NAS small batch and I have to say, it just doesn't compare to this. This is complex and interesting where as the NAS is just sweet and oaky, but not much else. I know for a fact this is still available in some European markets such as Germany, so don't hesitate to get one if you should come across some EC12.