MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting orangish light brown color - almost like iced tea. this has a really great, unique aroma - sweet, malty, fruity, and flowery. The flavor is wonderful.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redness gleamed at me, as in ístopí you are not worthy...As usual I did not see red but green, and proceeded on my way...The head was filled with bubbles patterned in a mysterious intelligible way, like to try to communicate something to me, I unfortunately did not speak the language, Aroma was bombarded by fresh flowery hops yet to be picked..still growing in the bottle...creamy hoppiness budded in my mouth and flowered, piercing my soul w/ a god-like hoppiness that is earth...creaminess came down from the heavens to comfort the presence of such pure hoppy earthness...exquisite!
jbrus (4993) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice flower and perfume aroma, also fruity (little orange). Dark amber color, off-white firm head, very good lace. Love it when a beer looks like this. Not to much carbonatio, just right to keep the head firm and lasting. Initially sweet, very full, lot of hops. Bitter and dry finish. This beer is on the edge for me. Alsmost too much hop, almost too much alcohol noticed.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím getting the idea that these guys are into radical, scew loose hop action. The backbone of the beer is a pleasant, fruity, brown sugar laced malt action. But writhing anxiously around and above and through that is a lashing of hops that aggressively beg to be noticed.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, now listen - I give almost all barley wines high points for complexity and flavor - but to be honest, I find them incredibly hard to drink. I appreciate the flavor - in this case high on the malt and very high on the alcohol - but if I am ever over at your house looking to kick back and have a few, donít offer me a barley wine b/c it will take me all night to drink it - so long in fact that I never really get a buzz off the high alcohol content because I am too busy making a pucker face at the strong flavor.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raisons and vanilla with a nice deep red color. Wonderfully balanced, with a nice hop bittery finish. Alcohol flavor is no where to be found. A little thin on the mouthfeel, but still a great barleywine and worth picking up if you see it.
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very delicious hop flavor. Alcohol is slightly subdued by malt presence and amazing hop flavors. Iíll drink this again.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoo-yeah! I am really liking these higher-ABV beers now that they are available in Ohio. The aroma floodgates were opened from the minute I cracked this one open! Strong hops with barley malt in the background. Very pretty amber hue with a medium beige head and some lacing. Very malty flavor with some caramel. Dry, hoppy finish with alcohol notes. Very good beer that left me with a pleasant buzz.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmm hoppy, yes that is the ticket,ABV is hidden,
complex ale, hoppy,acidic, nice way to finish out a night of quality beer dinking.Grapefruit, malt, closer to an IPA than what is listed, still a good choice.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes! High alcohol beers allowed in Ohio! Our college tuition may go up every semester and sometimes twice, but our gov Taft did something good here. I thought Iíd start with this ale. Medium light bodied with notes of citrus and sweet malts in the aroma. I watched the lacing gracefully dance down the glass. What a trip! I love hops and the 100 IBUs go well here, they are nicely balanced believe it or not. The hops do prevail in the finish. The 9.2% ABV is hidden well. What a nice ale!