Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful deep amber color topped with a thin head with good lace. Sweet maple syrup like aroma with hoppy accents. Slightly sweet malty flavor with vanilla accents and syrupy undertones. Slight alcohol bit and a hoppy finish. Very complex. Full bodied and warming with a slight dryness.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Had a snifter full last evening @ Moan & Dove, Amherst MA. This stuff is friggin delicous on draught, you have got to get some!
Nose of cognac, cotton candy, cherries, fruit, molasses, sweet. Mahogany hue. Small traces of off white head. Alcohol is fused nicely into this beer. Vinous, vanilla, maple flavors are definately evident. Chewy and terribly drinkable, a subtle smokiness follows through the finish. A very remarkable brew, I could drink these all day long. Dogfish is great, and Sam's rents are from MA!
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rust color, small head, almost no carbonation. Smells like breakfast cereal (Chex, Mini Wheats?). Can definitely detect the maple and vanilla in the fumes. Flavor is very good, sweet and herbal, somewhat nutty, very complex. Alcohol is well integrated, adding a flavor and touch that really finds it's place in this brew. Very good.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a copper-reddish color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left some circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and a slight presence of the alcohol. A flavor of malt, caramel and slightly herbal touch. A warm feeling of the alcohol is also present. Not a bad barleywine.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Great aroma and whole taste. Very full bodied. There is so much taste in this barleywine, it's incredible. Worth every penny. ReRate: This is too strong, too bitter when it's young. Needs to age.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has an almost overly complex flavor to it. Very strong, like it's been fermenting for years. Bright orange coloring, and a lot of carbonation. Has a lot of spice flavorings to it, and some nice fruit tinges.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tiger tones of toasted timpani-orange: the pour is lush, but the parafin head is delicate and retiring, given to periods of sullen withdrawal. agitation and earnest effort did rouse the reluctant head to describe an intricate candelabra of lace (i caught it on the camcorder, it was suh-weeet). elaphantine nose was irresistably attractive, and for a moment i felt like a fly: overcome with an enormous suicidal impulse to plunge myself into the beer and drown in a manic convulsion of ecstacy. the artistry of advanced zymurgy engendering this reaction was staggering in it's facsimiles of luscious loquacious liquers--libidinous with marinated pineapple rinds, great cunning sweetness, and light smokiness. strong and winning, with oak, alcohol and vanilla, a beer that you may as well give an endearing name to, because you'll spend at least an hour in it's engrossing and rewarding company. perfect brisk carbonation, hops are balancing but coy, and thier signature lingers on the finish. a monster buzz facilitates focused communications with antecedants of antiquity.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Cider-colored, and yet nearly opaque. Steady stream of carbonation builds up a ring of foam. Nose is initially smoky, with underlying layers of bourbon, oak chips, cherry, and alcoholic depth. There's quite a lot going on with this beer, one of the more challenging I've encountered lately. Medium bodied. They're not lying...maple syrup and vanilla flavors, also tea, and a healthy dose of alcohol. Reminds me of Bell's 5000, although not as sweet. I remember cringing unexpectedly from the alcohol at one point, which surprised me considering how they hide it in WWS 18%. I'll probably revisit later on.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting beer. Definite cherry flavor and roasty, smoky palate. Strong tasting beer but very enjoyable.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Smoke, malt, alcohol are what I notice up front. Maple sugar sweetness. Too much alcohol for my taste.