Hopmeister99 (1) - Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer as is expected from Anchor. The color is great and malty chewy flavor was just awesome. The bottle I had was a bit too chilled which may have subdued the palate a bit. Very Good.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent barleywine, reddish amber in color, decent head, lots of sweet malty flavors, an aroma with a bit of alcohol in the nose, good balance, another great barleywine with that warming effect while it’s going down, great brew
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is super malty and alcoholic and kinda reminds me of jelly or jam, ruby red appearance with zero head, no initial shock but long lasting well balanced sticky hops, malt on the roof of my mouth, hops on the tip of my tongue, could use a bigger bottle
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet like plums or prunes in the nose. pretty heavy duty brew, definitely full of figs or prunes. The malt fades in and out of the fruity sweetness. pretty good shtuff!
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown, almost no head, just a little white lacing on the top of the beer. Sweet malt and fruit caramel, followed by alcohol and hoppiness that just won’t quit. No wonder they pack it in 7 ounce bottles ... perfect for two or more people to share. Really nice in small doses.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown/red colour, not much head. Very strong and fruity/spicy smell, bit sour indeed. Lovely. Taste is rich and strong, like the smell. However and I agree with caesar, the palate is off. Pitty, pitty.
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown color, with small head. Strong aroma, fruity, malty, bit sourness. Nice malty taste, slightly alcholic. However, palate is quite bad, sour bitter alcoholic, bit metallic even.
jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Re-rate: Bottled, 275 ml, BB March 2004. Label says 8.8% ABV. Rye, loads of spices, malts and some hops. Complex and vinous, but somehow this tasted different from the first time i tried it. It’s not nearly as overwhelming and less alcoholic. Original rate: (4.2) Actually my first experience with the style. And it’s a good one! Appearance is not really impressive: small head which dies rapidly. However, everything else is nice about this beer. Very strong aroma and taste in which alcohol is clearly present, but never too present. Malty and sweet with long warming finish. Nice!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, definitely fruity. Not as sweet as another barleywine I’ve tried, it does have a warming sensation from my mouth to my tummy, which I quite enjoy.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Pretty good, but I think it’s overrated. Smells earthy and malty (and a bit like a wet dog) but tastes overwhelmingly like cherry and other berry fruits. Add this to a not-very-well-masked ABV and it reminds me of, I hate to say it--cough syrup. Tingles all the way down your throat. Not bad, just sort of one-dimensional and that dimension doesn’t appeal to me particularly.