Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
lets forget the price ok? this a fine brew my friends. there is a strong alcohol content, but the many different flavors surrounding it help to compliment and make it less over bearing. this is the most enjoyable brew of this caliber that i have ever had.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper pour with a thin wispy head.Has an almost iced tea-ish quality to the aroma. Wow this has some strong alcohol characteristics to it. Not hidden in the least. Nice malty sweetness with some faint cherry notes. oak comes through a little but the abv is just obliterating everything.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Dark amber/light red color with small off white head. Aroma has caramel, nuttyness, fair amount of peat smoked malt, bit of vanill and oak. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, touch of cherry and vanilla, bit of peat, and pepper. Finish is very sweet.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, with a thin light tan. Fruit cake aroma. Nuts, cherries, raisins with a touch of oaken peat. Alcohol well hidden. If anything a touch sweet and cloying.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/7/03: bottle. pretty head which quickly diminishes to a thin line of head with medium- low lacing. gorgeous colour. sparkling clear- almost the colour of a dark orange sunrise (with gradient.) Hint of maple and definite vanilla in the aroma. a bit yeasty, with a distinct maltiness. vanilla on the palate, with slight hints of orange.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is a gorgeous ruby/amber with fine bubbles, yeilding a fizzy, white head. Strangely, I find it a beautiful beer to watch effervesce, as it reminds me of champagne. The aroma is outstanding with hints of molasses, pine, chocolate and nuts. The palate is remarkably well-balanced with loads of molasses, pine, milk chocolate and roasted nuts. The finish is long, rich and satisfying, echoing the palate very well. There is a touch of bitter oak on the finish (tannic?) that balances the beer perfectly. After dinner or stand alone beer without any hesitation.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color, clear, off-white tightly beaded head. Earthy aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Same flavor with hints of vanilla and oak apparent as the beer warmed, full mouthfeel.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 12/10/02. Deep amber color with slight head that dissipates quickly to a thin whisp. Light, somewhat sweet (lemon honey tea?) scent. Body and flavor is a big, robust surprise. Full body ('luscious' is right) with a smoky, slightly syrupy (maple) flavor and long, smoky finish. Feels silky smooth and pretty thick going down, but doesn't leave the mouth too dry (especially for the alcohol content). Very nice overall, and definitely worth the price ($16.99/6-pack for me). Would taste great with some heavy, greasy food or cheese. One of the great ones.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Re-rate) Clear, deep ruby/copper. Thin head and lace. Nose is subdued, I had to really sniff this to get some light smoke,vanilla,hops and alcohol vapors. Medium bodied,flavors of maple syrup give way to smokey wood and notes of vanilla and bubblegum(I always get that with their beers). These flavors are sublime, so integrated and refined. Finishes sweet and mildly alcoholic. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Gets better with every sip. Hugely complex and a great one to try and wrap your mind around.
acasale (5) - USA - DEC 28, 2002 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is truely the work of a barleywine. Not well balanced as far as an ale should be. The name reflects an immortal conotation and should be taken off the shelves immediately. Those who feel this is an excellent ale should not consider themselves an ale connoisseur, or even a fan of ales. I’ve had better.