notalush (5328) - 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 it’s 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. It’s got a character all it’s own. Great smokey flavor, wonderful vanilla aftertaste. ;)
igneous1 (1510) - 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 (2603) - 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 it’s 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
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby w/ a perfect ring around the collar..
Cherry aroma with subtle creamy notes hinting at licorice..
Creamy orange peel tainted & alcohol induced sweetness..bitter yet subtley..Heated alcohol throughout..
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden-red body with a slight white head.
Lots of maple syrup and hops in the aroma.
Deep malty flavor (from the peat smoked barley?) with a hint of sweetness.
Hop bitterness is apparent but not overwhelming.
The high ABV is masked quite well.
Need a few more barley wines to compare this with...
Overall very good.
Suttree (5480) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drier than I’d come to expect from hi-ABV beers. Maple flavors first, then oaky and smoky flavors. Very drinkable for such a big beer.