booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real strong, almost undrinkable. Kind of crude, but quite interesting. They’ve changed it since, probably for the better.
legion242 (2070) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly, clear russet color; Medium dense head; Nose had a bit of smoke, but otherwise unextraordinary. Alcohol punch to start. Heavy hops with a maple back. Vanilla for sure. Sweetness is bound by a dryness that’s very unusual. Alcohol bite hides itself after a few sips. Getting cloying at the 1/2 mark. Surprisingly unimpressive.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The ’Immortale’ is an exceptional beer not only because of it’s flavor, but also because it breaks the mold. It does something with the barley wine style that hasn’t been done. Additionally, for such a complex brew in terms of materials and process, it’s fairly impressive that they’ve maintained such a high level of consistency. In my personal opinion, one of the best beers in the world!
lmdolgoff (5) - Winchester, California, USA - MAY 20, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of my top beers,rich in taste. The more I drink of this the more I love it.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very complex beer. I was at first overpowered by the smokieness, but by mid bottle the other flavors blended much beter. The maple and vanilla create a taste like I have never had before. It comes together nice and silky. The alcohol sticks on the palate a little more that I would like. A very good beer.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 14, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
excellent stuff. full of nuances.
red copper colour light head.hoppy nose yet sweet with traces of vanilla and brown sugar.
complex taste combining a strong hop character with a earthy sweet maltiness. throw in some spices and vanilla to round this off.
a very velvet like palate. smooth and creamy - the ideal sipping beer.
not sure if this is a barley wine- more like what I would expect an old ale/trappist blend to taste like.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red in color - mesmerizing...
I imagine that this is exactly how a barley wine should taste. Very hoppy, but perfectly balanced by the extreme amount of malt. Its just to complex - I need to try more of it!
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Big nose of hop and alcohol. Very complex, swirling molasses, vanilla, I think my tongue shut down. A very well made barleywine which should only get better with age.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The alcohol is a bit up front, but this is still a complex, well made, and very tasty beer. I found small hints of Westy 12 in here, not in the alcohol of course, but after. Not a substitute for Westy but could satisfy a craving.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex beer, with hints of molasses, malt, vanilla. This beer is well balanced, and definitely towards the top of my list.