argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 version. Deep amber, slightly cloudy, minimal head. Aroma is sweet, slightly vinous, rich. Taste is straight-up barleywine -- sweet (somewhat fruity), big hoppy beer, with loads of malts balancing things out. Good alcohol burn on the swallow.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 93 version. Dark amber. Good nose . Some alcohol heat
Re Rate 03 version:Gorgeous sparkling brown, lasting tan head.Small intense bead.Malt,light alcohol nose.Full bodied malt/molasses profile with medium bitterness and medium alcohol heat
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 1997 vintage tasted in November 2002. Dark amber to brown color with minimal head. The nose has raisins, bread, and sweet malts. Not overly complex but it does the job in a more subtle way. The finish is surprisingly quick, although it does leave that classic barley wine aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden even if it is a bit warming.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color, medium head. Richly malted and intensely hoppy, Well aged and barley wine style ale. This is the 1999 version, tasted in May 2001; aging has not harmed this beer. Complex subtle flavors, mix of malt and hops nearly resinous in taste. Aging has done some interesting things with the malt sugars in this beer; there are many layers of taste and interaction. Mouthfeel is full and round. Very smooth. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy and malty, a little bitter. No noticeable alcohol bite, despite the 9.1% alcohol. Very nice beer.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty. Full bodied. Not overly hoppy. A little too much alcohol aroma and flavor. It could be improved by hiding the alcohol a little better. If you visit either of the Bridgeport brewpubs, ask for this beer. It’s sometimes not listed on the menu but available nonetheless.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a 1992, tasted in 2002 - lots of sediment, wonderful aroma, very tasty, may have been past it’s prime and not always cellared well. This is a very good beer, should have drank it two years ago.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Bottle Cloudy orange with a high alcohol nose and an off yellow head. Very subtle malt profile and well balanced. Seemed bigger this time but still a gentle barley wine. 3-11-02 3.3 I had the 2000 out of a keg. It had a nice balance but was too small for the style. As noted, the flavor is not as complex as the good barleywines, but not a bad beer.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1997 sampling: The least complex barleywine I have tried. Peppery and malty. Not enough body to age well. Dregs in the bottle are hard to leave in. I only poured 10 oz. in to avoid ruining it.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent introduction to the barleywine style, but lacks the complexity and depth of bad boys like Bigfoot and Full Sail’s Old Boardhead.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 must say that there is little experience better than chasing an 8% ABV Beer with a 9.1% ABV beer, to make you realize, that we are all “Mortal”! But then I do have a 13% ABV beer waiting to chase these two?
A luminous deep ruby color on the pour, the head majestic in size, bubbly in texture, and light beige in color and the residual lace clings lovingly to the glass. A light hit of fusel alcohol, bubble bum, maybe a sweet over ripe pineapple tone, a great sniffer to be sure, start sweet and nicely malt laden, top is middling in feel. Acidic bite at the finish, the hops pounces on your palate, spicy and persistent, quite dry aftertaste that is long lasting and a great representative to the style.