edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/20/02: bottle. deep amber colour, very thin head with fair amount of lacing. strong yeasty smell. full flavor that includes evidence of yeast and hints of flowers. I’d like to try this one off of the cask... barley’s barley wine is far superior to this one (although i experienced barley’s right on cask.)
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper-colored body with a thin, white head.
Aroma is great. Malt and hops and sweetness.
Columbus hops really taste good too. A bit rough on the back of the the tongue though. Balance is skewed a little too much towards the hops.
Should cellar a few and try them later. The huge dry hopping bite may mellow with some age.
Panzuriel (1385) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice strong beer with a good not too strong flavor. Alcohol content is evident in the warmness following the swallow. Nice color and aroma. Very well done beer.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice light head with amber body. Bitterness outweighs the malt but maybe some extra aging will mellow it. Overall, a nice barleywine.
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 (4991) - 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.