rstarobi99 (4) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly complex flavor. I couldn’t even begin to describe it with my limited vocabulary.
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Worth every penny! This has a fantastic finish with a nice, complex palate. Reminds me of a good red wine because of how hoppy it is.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brick red with a nice tan head. Raisins and caramel in the nose. Thick and syrupy with notes of raisin, brown sugar and alcohol at the start. Just enough hops at the end to help hide the alcohol. Not as easy to drink as bigfoot and behemoth, but a special barleywine.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber color, no head, malt and citrus aroma. Big malty barleywine. Taste is nearly oily, fruit and citrus. Slightly sweet at the start and finishes with some hoppyness and an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round, nearly chewy. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter with some alcohol warmth. Nice
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 8/17/04 bottle sampled on 4/23/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a small, frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma boasts plenty of citrusy hops and a sweet, sugary caramel maltiness. Body has a lot of sugary caramel malt and grapefruity hops with a touch of light fruits. A fairly well-balanced and complex barleywine.
1984 vintage bottle, sampled on 10/21/06: Pours a clear dark amber mahogany with a thin covering of light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet milk chocolatey malt and some caramel and brown sugar complexity with a touch of soy. Body is slightly thinner, but still fairly viscous and sweet, drying out toward a bittersweet raisiny finish. I can’t believe this is 22 years old and still very drinkable!
Re-rate 5/26/05: First time I’ve seen this in 12oz bottles. Has a good hoppy presence and enough malt, but the balance isn’t quite there and there’s a little too much dark caramel and butterscotch flavor without much gritty, sugary sweetness. A good barleywine given its widespread availability, but just not quite as good as some of the smaller brewery’s barleywines.
Re-rate 4/3/2004: Aged at least a year...Aroma is still very green and fresh with a nice malty presence. Goes down very smooth and flavorful. Nicely balanced with good complexity. An enjoyable barleywine that ages well.
10/13/2002: Rich and complex. Very hoppy and malty, just sweet enough to mask most of the alcohol. The nose is reminiscent of wheat and caramel. I think it would age very well.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad at all... got it on sale, thank god. So... what do I think; as if anyone really cares... my only real experience with barley wines before this have been the unimpressive sam adams triple bock/maple syrup and the incredible, delicious bells third coast old ale... I must say that I consider this to be a hop monster for barley wines, because i haven’t ever tried one that was so hoppy... the thing is, it works exceptionally well... the finish is incredibly dry while the flavor is predominantly malty with the hints of hops fighting to be recognized, and eventually do... so why am I going on like this? well... this is a great barley-wine, great body, fruit, slight molasses and a slightly floral, musty aroma... but, I think I enjoy the third coast a little better. I guess it will take some time to get used to the hoppiness... then I’ll have a bigfoot or something
madsberg (9310) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truely a great brew. Amazing dark amber colour. Has a floral aroma with notes of alcohol. The flavour is delicious and smooth. The high ABV gives a nice warmth in the mouth. Nice hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
reddish-orange with a light brownish tint (something like that anyway!) head is initially thick and creamy! first barleywine i’ve had that i has a really strong hop presence perfectly balanced with the sweet malty flavors. neither is really dominant. without question the best barleywine i’ve tried.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Nicely hopped, winey flavor without being sour. Certainly an American Barley Wine, but not the hop monster that one might expect. One to savor. ReRate, June 2005 - Drank a 5 year-old sample - Mellowed considerably. Almost no alcohol flavor, and the aroma was a wonderful blend of nuts, wine, and syrupy maltiness. Really nice, and am bumping the aroma score up one point as a result.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 Oct 1 2002: Aroma of dates and maraschino cherries; appearance of light port wine, thin head, somewhat viscous. Flavor surprisingly "light" and drinkable, smooth going down, mostly malty but not obnoxiously sweet; as others have said, alcohol very well masked. I wish I'd gotten a second bottle; I think I need to have this again... awesome. 8/4/9/5/18
March 2004 (2003-4 edition): I notice more alcohol in the aroma, though not enough to be unpleasant. Fruity and sweet, like last year's, light and drinkable...same rating as before. Amazing. This time I have several to age, whooee!