Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage - Cloudy amber-brown color. Not much head. Floral/perfumey/spicy aroma (like nothing I've ever had before). Lemon drop in the aroma, too. Very spicy ginger and lemon flavor with a caramel finish. Strange. "Exotic." Odd. I respect it, and I rate it pretty well, but I'm not sure I like it that much. It's so different from anything I've had before. I'll have to have this again.
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 canít wait to review one I have that is 4-5 years old. Would not recommend drinking this without some serious aging.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2004 thanks pailhead. Beep brow to deep red appearance. aroma was sweet with notes of Figs, dates and nutty. alc was definetly there with plenty of hop aroma. Mouthfeel was greater and richer than a usual barley wine. flavors were sweet fruity and rich carmel malt.
Criz (177) - - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 version on draft at the eccentric cafe. Deep amber color with no head. Nose similar to a holiday ale, spicy with coriander and nutmeg. Flavor is a little off, almost rusty. Semi dry on the palate,. Always enjoy trying this every year, but once will be enough on this years.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold spices and rich chocolate swirl with abundant hops in the nose. Dark brown pour with an ample beige head. Flavor is certainly spicy, with rosemary pushing to the forefront. Chocolate notes mix with a complex nuttiness, and then move towards the bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice, but overall, goes down less smoothly than Iíd like it to. The rosemary is interesting, but overpowering for me. Iím very glad to have tried this one. Takes on an extremely quirky old ale essence to me. Commendations all around for stepping out of the box!
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of northernbrews.
Pours black with ruby highlights in my Samuel Smithís pint glass. half inch thick creamy tan head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasty coffee with hints of maple syrup. Flavor is much the same, with a full body, and a deceptively smooth finish for 12% abv
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.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to SPRINKLE for the connections. Pours a dark pink color with a great thick head. Very sweet flavors here. Chocolate and alcohol notes on the tongue. Full chewy mouthfeel. Wanting this one for a long time.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks DavidP. Has a nice deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Strong malty sweet aroma. Has a good body, with the right amount of carbonation. Stronger flavor. Overall, itís kind of nice.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Aroma is floral, with a ginger note evident. Pour is a cloudy light brown with a lacey head. Flavor is loaded with a malty-sweetness, some spice, and the ginger note remains. Marvelously complex with a lingering sweetness.