Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10,000 hops scream as you are bombared by raisons. The tempature warms and the air becomes thick, "Its not the heat its the humidity" cackles spices as carmel begins its reign in the burning orange skies. Geisers well up and splatter their sticky froth on the windows. Little alcohol fires spring up from the herb laden ground with a puff of dust. Aprentices brooms from start to finish, sweet sweet finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big hop aroma reminiscient of an imperial ipa, looks thin but has a bright ruby color, sticky and slightly sweet with a 100 IBU hop punch you definitely notice
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, massive, really big grapefruit aroma. As it warmed, the aroma took on a more floral character. The flavor was very bitter...similar to a typical California Imperial IPA. Light body, and crisp clean finish. Satisfying.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
As others have said, this is too thin to be a barleywine. It's more an American Strong in the tradition of DFH 90 Minute. Unfortunately, this one lacks 90 Minute's malt, making this a little more like plain hop juice. Not that I do not like it--it's fine. But where DFH 90 offers malt to balance, this just offers Eau d'Columbus. A fun beer, but one has to draw the line somewhere. Great looking beer, though: huge frothy head, fine lace, and excellent clarity in the body.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown, sweet alcohol, piney hop leaf aroma. Bitter hops on the tongue that roll off and meld into a sweet caramel. Lingering malts and citrus fruit. Very nice beer, well done Avery!
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy amber color. Shockingly floral-hoppy aroma. Also sweet maltiness in the aroma. Bitter hoppy bite in the beginning of the flavor with some sweet malts finishing it up. It's quite nice, balanced, but not too balanced. There's a sharpness and a mildness, consecutively. Interesting and pleasant.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper body with small tan head. Aroma is sweet floral/grapefruit hoppy. Malt and alcohol also noticeable. Yummy big sweet barleywine hops/malt attack. Alcohol evident in the aftertaste. Not as rich as I expect from a barleywine, but nothing to truly complain about.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer kicked my butt. Very strong, rich aroma, and striking, shocking taste. Tons of hops (fruity, bitter, citrus) that are there to balance the massive voluminous maltiness of the beer. Wow.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Nice stuff. Light copper color, with scant head. Hoppy but not overly so. Lots of toffeelike malt, and that indescribable strong-beer flavor. The alcohol is far from prominent; it is almost too drinkable. Better at room temperature.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep copper with little head, but some lacing later on. Strong sweet floral hop aroma. Nose hits with flavor much like the aroma, then the bittering hops kick in, followed at last with a caramel malt finish. Not too sweet, and very nice citrus hop flavors and good balancing.