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 (1703) - 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!
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
11% alcohol?! You can barely taste it. this is my favorite barley wine. it is not as refreshing as bigfoot ale but it pleases the tastebuds like no other. i reccomend this to anyone who likes barley wines. i AM JUST GIVING THIS RE RATE BECAUSE I CURRENTLY POSSES AN OLD HORIZONTAL. i WILL LET U KNOW WHAT IS BETTER.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisin, maple syrup, and red apples in the nose...no alcohol to speak of. Very complex taste that completely masks every bit of alcohol. Super sweet start that does seem to have some hop presence at the end. Raisins and maple syrup were the two biggest tastes. Very drinkable. Superb masking.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deadly duo, high alcohol concealed by great taste. The only thing better than maple syrup is vanilla in my opinion.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours thick and the colour of tawny port, thin beige head. fruity, malty, slightly alcoholic aroma. as the bottle says, flavours of maple vanilla and oak, some smoky spiciness aswell. flavour fills the whole mouth. slight slow burn alcoholic finish. extremely complex ale. absolutly beautiful.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This is one complex beer, so much flavor and very wonderful finish. GABF 2002
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2002: Light orange colour. Fruity yeast aroma. Sticky/fruity flavour, similar to Raison díEtre.