urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Cherry, oak and vanilla on the nose with a touch of booze. Same in the mouth, but with more pronounced woodiness and a hint of raisin. Alcohol's presence is felt and its welcome is not overstayed. As big as this beer is, I find it to be tightly wound with generous flavors. Overall, not unlike a fine whiskey. Top drawer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Barley wine that pours with a head! But it does not last long, aroma is winey, very nice except for the vanilla tone are a little much.
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, raisiny, spicy, smoky character. Strong alchohol content bt doesnít overwhelm the taste. Too distinctive to eat with most dinner meals.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 2/18/04: This has been aged for a year and a half. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Rich, sweet, and complex aroma of raisins, caramel, and hoppy bitterness. Body starts candy malty sweet and one-sided, but quickly gains the support of the alcohol and underlying bitterness. Hints of pine, toffee and strawberry are all present, working together to mask the alcohol. Aging has greatly helped this beer become more complex and balanced.
10/28/02: Golden ruby color with a complex aroma. Lots of hops, malt, maple, and raisiny fruitiness permeate the nose. Very syruppy and perhaps a bit too sweet. The finish is pretty dry, but lacks bitterness. Definitely an interesting concoction.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First - appearance - copper/amber - looked very thin, like a liqueur or brandy. few bubbles, little disapearing head. Taste was huge and warming. maple and vanilla were predominant. didnít really taste the alc. a very fine barley wine.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beers looks really amazing in the glass with its deep copper color, but itís less impressive out of the glass. The flavor is overbearing, tasting like a bitter maple syrup. I drank this one by itself, perhaps some accompanying food would have helped tone down the flavor.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. The smell of vanilla and the sweet smooth taste makes this one of my favorites!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice smokey flavor without being too overwhelming...this is a great beer.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím quickly becoming a HUGE fan of everything this brewer does. An exteremly dark brown barley wine. Complex dark raisins, plums, and extreme malt. Didnít even know this had 11% alcohol; thatís probably why I woke up where I did.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Aged one year: Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color with a small white head that lingers before dissipating. It has a very fruity aroma with hints of peaches, apricots, and vanilla. Full body with low carbonation, this has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and unbelievably magnificent with touches of vanilla and malts with a clean, fruity finish completely devoid of any alcohol. This is a magnificent barley wine, smooth and highly flavorful and the alcohol is completely hidden. Lovely!