papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little fizzy, good dark malt flavor, slight hop spicyness, a hint of smoke ? light alcohol warming in the belly.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit like Traquair, but it’s a bit too fizzy for me. Nice, but not the King o’ the Scots.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very alcoholic aroma. The beer seems to have more barleywine qualities than other wee heavies i have tried.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled this beer last night. Murky brown appearance. The malt character dominates this beer. The alcohol had a slight warming affect ... this would make a great autumn beer.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber-brown colour, few head, aroma of dark fruity, licorice, sweet, heavy and sirupy, long bitter finish
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2003 Dark amber color and med head. Just the slightest hint of smokiness in the aroma. Flavor was rather sweet - almost candy like. Strong malty flavors with a medium body. Updated comments: dark garnet brown with a large bubbly fading head. Rich grapey vinous aroma. Caramel and fruity flavors with mild finishing bitterness. Light tweak of smokiness. A little cloying and one-dimensionally sweet. Surprisingly light bodied for a wee "heavy".
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very malty and smooth. Virtually no carbonation in this beer. The alcohol was well masked and very drinkable.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 6.5% ABV ale pours with a dark caramel color. It’s light tan-colored head is thick and stiff, and does settle in the glass with some lacing. Fairly light in carbonation. Aroma of toffee, roasted malt, some sweet stone fruit, particularly plum and some raisin. While there is a fruitiness in the aroma, the mouthfeel is a little chalky and chewy, while the finish is dry and bitter.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dominant caramel malt flavors, and no hop character at all make for a beer that is a bit one dimensional. For a moderate abv and body it is a bit sweet.
Still, this beer has some subtle fruit esters and a touch of roast malt that makes it worth trying another bottle or two.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty and alcoholly, A Big beer for sipping. The warmer the better.