JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this first at the Cincinnati Brewfest. I didnít care for it. Itís pretty sweet and I donít think drinking with a bunch of IPA and Stout was a good idea. It has a malty aroma and a rich brown color. Its a complex brew. I can certain taste the vanilla and maple syrup and a little of the oak from the aging. It does have some of the sweet characteristics of a champagne. Generally I donít like sweet beverages, but I liked this one, although I wouldnít want to drink more than one or two in a sitting.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/18/01: Nice ruby color, no head to speak of. Aroma is strongly vanilla, slightly smoky; there are complexities there that wonít be conquered in just one bottle. Flavor the same, only moreso: rich and strange, again with vanilla and smoked wood predominating, and perhaps a hint of fine scotch. Palate seems a bit strong and harsh coming after the silky smooth mouth presence; still a beer to treasure and to work at understanding. 12/02: this beer has smoothed out somewhat in the mouth after a year; really a special, unique brew and Iíve got to uprate it a little.
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Re-Rate: definitely a sipping beer, warming feeling when drank, pretty heavily alcoholic nose, smelled very much like a glass of Southern Comfort or other type of liqour, very complex flavors, a bit of a smokey taste as well, a faint hint of berries & vanilla, faint oak flavors as well from the aging process, a very outstanding barleywine
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like ultra-sweet maple syrup, which comes through in the flavor as well. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor and finish. Hops, vanilla, earthy tones, and well-masked alcohol content. A very subtle yet full flavored/bodied beer. [RE-RATE] Had to raise this, even if the original was a 4. I had another bottle and let it warm to room temperature, then the flavors came out a lot more (they seemed a bit subtle when cold). I need to go buy some more so I can see how it is when itís aged a bit.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - DEC 2, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Strong but I let it age for a year in a dark closet and it seemed to mellow some. Still a favorite. Re-Rate: After trying some that I aged even longer this is even better. Itís got a character all itís own. Great smokey flavor, wonderful vanilla aftertaste. ;)
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper color, big foamy light beige head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sour cherry-like with a good malt presence. flavor is mostly woody/earthy..definitely a huge warming feel in the mouth.
jazz88 (2571) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. An amber color with no head. Smokey, alcohol, malty, dry scotch oak aroma and flavor. A fine beer but does not have the complexity of its barley wine peers, but maybe this needs to age more. Re-Rate 11/30/02: sweet alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol bite at the finish but a nice robust start.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little heavy with the sweetness, but itís easy to get used to. High alcohol content leaves a tingly feeling in my mouth. Definetly complex. Vanilla is obvious in the finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla spicy orange nose, light caramel colored. Tickles the palate, crisp. Disappears but leaves behind a hint of sweetness, balanced, earthy, complete.
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A light smokeyness with a touch of bitter