mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle: Brown, no head at all. Orange and crystal clear. Huge malt aroma. Stunning. Big malt flavor. Nice bitterness although a failed attempt to balance this malty sweet behemoth. This is a wild barleywine. Big alcohol aroma and flavor, although in this big of a beer it's not out of place. I don't get the snuff, but I'm sure it's in there. Slightly minty. Wonderfully complex. Beyond decadent. Very tasty.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter, sweet, tart, wild...I cringed when I first took my sip. AustinMilbarge sipped first and exclaimed "oh wow!" Drank day after purchasing--definitely need to age this one. Medicinal, bitter, harsh! Lots of hops and right now unbalanced. Reminds me of Old Crustacean, which was the only other beer I can remember to jolt me so much. Tastes like pine sap.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeah, like dukefan said. I shouldn’t have had this one so fresh. This felt almost powdery in my mouth. Alcohol was apparent
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Only had one, soon after I purchased. My understanding is that this beer is made for aging, so I can’t wait to review one I have that is 4-5 years old. Would not recommend drinking this without some serious aging.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tons of sediment and absolutely zero head, flavors run the gauntlet here and along with the sticky earthy bitterness there is serious alcohol strength that packs a wallop, a tad too outrageous
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Eccentric? Hardly. This is barking lunacy. The flavor is like Victory Old Horizontal brewed by Crispin Glover wearing stilts with Phyllis Diller in charge of the mash. Never has a beer shaken me like this. Twitches were in evidence after two sips. The appearance is ugly lake water without any head at all. The worst looking beer I have ever seen--positively grotesque. Flavor? Huge barleywine malt sweetness and fresh pine hops. Grows more and more delicious, and stranger and stranger with every sip. The liquid equivalent of driving a golf cart through a revolving door. Unforgettable. I am in Psych Prof’s everlasting debt.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
i had several vintages of this beer this weekend. i think that the 2001 was better than 2002. i haven’t cracked the 1999 yet. the beer had very little head and was a dark brown with the wonderful unfiltered cloudiness. the super hoppiness was great yet it had a suprising woody taste that followed. there was also something that added a little kick like pepper or nutmeg or something. i would definitely drink it cold though. pretty damn good
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 - So I was at Eccentric day too, but somehow missed Michael - our ships too crazily attired slipped by in the night? That was the only disappointment - Bell’s puts out a great spread and the costumes were hilarious. Oh, the beer? Though I’m no weizenbock expert, It seemed rather weizenbocky to me, actually, full and fruity with the herbal bitterness blasting around indiscriminately and a heady sense of alcohol rounding the punches.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bell’s in Kzoo. At first blush, as only a couple of dozen eccentrics were around, this was sweet. My first beer at the place. It warms in a nice snifter. It is still...sweet. And heavy in the mouth. Then there is vanilla, and oak, and then, after 30 minutes, the most incredible coriander pepper explosion. And it was still sweet. A great way to start the drinking day. Happiness abounds. A thick hearty beer as winter begins in Michiogan. Ahhhh...If only it wasn’t so damned...sweet!
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 batch:Wow. This is killer stuff. Because they only sell this one day of the year at the brewery only, I had make a little journey. This was a whopping 25 dollars a six pack. The guy at Bells said it had 1000 dollars of corriander seeds in the batch. The taste of this brew is very strange and complex. So is its aroma. The only thing my taste buds can discern is the hops. All the other crazy flavors are a mystery to me. All I know is that its good.