michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001: Firstly the aroma was incredible - reminded of Bigfoot. Flavor was tremendous, and not alcoholic. Went down smooth, and left me craving for more. 12 oz. bottle for $2.00 at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA. Talk about a bargain!!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: Pours a copper mahogany with a thin head. Sweet complex caramel malty aroma with some alcohol. Body starts syrupy sweet with lots of thick caramel malt and dark fruits, but turns sharply alcohlic toward the finish. A decent barleywine, but needs to conceal its alcohol better.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Mine has a different label. It’s silver and has Monster written predominantly on it. However, the beer has a rich malted and alcohol filled nose. A slight metallic hint as well. The taste is better with malt sweetness, alcohol, hops and bitterness to it. Finishes bitter too. I think less of this than I do about the Dominion Millennium, but my friends think the opposite.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001: Dark in color with a fruity, alcoholic nose. Very earthy to me and quite intense. Also there is a significant residual sweetness. A good way to end the night.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2003 bottle) Amber in color with orange edges. I could almost confuse this for an IPA based on aroma alone, very hoppy! I could simply describe this beer as an overcarbonated Avery Hog Heaven with even more hops. Well masked alcohol, rather easy to drink. A good beer, but not spectacular.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2003 edition and donated by Fly, who is a badass!! Transluscent amber with a VERY nice and lasting head. Smells like a west coast IPA with prominent Chinook hops and the associated grapefruit aroma. Surprisingly clean flavor considering the ABV. Nicely balanced, some malts make themselves known despite the intense maltiness. Good stuff.
motelpogo (6125) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
i hope this improves with age because it's not very good at the moment. ridiculously sweet, raw sugar with kero, any good ingredients are overwhelmed by nastiness
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, pungent aroma of overripe fruit. Has a murky brown appearance - not much of a head - no lacing; alcohol probably kills it. Very sweet flavor - enticingly sweet - the kind of sweet you would entice a non-drinker of strong beers to try. Reminds me a bit of a Sherry. Faint notes of dried fruit with some citrusy undertones. For an 11% ABV this goes down scaringly smooth. Overall, not as cloying and sweet as some barley wines.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 Edition, sampled summer 2003. This was a pretty English-tasting brew -- which might be a first for an American brewery claiming such. Label needs work badly -- terrible Logan's Run thing going on with the chrome. Hazy nut brown. Good ale and boozy aroma. Woody, aley, somewhat cakey and laced with alcohol. For a 22º beer, it was masked fairly well. A little tart in the finish, mouthfeel is just right. Subtle hops, I didn't get the citrus from the commercial description, except perhaps if you count the tartness.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Edition- Very malty. The alcohol is well hidden. Very chewy. All in all pretty decent.