JoeM500 (1908) - 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 d’Etre.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
maple syrupy sweet with well masked alcohol you can feel but not taste, oaky finish
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One hell of a beer. Excellent barley wine. Significantly more complex in character than most other barley wines. Lots of flavors going on, but they mix well.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely powerful and full of character. Was served on a little brandy snifter. Tastes like it has more alcohol than it really does. Reminiscent of brandy or rum, definitely a sipping beer. Too many flavors going on at once, malt, bitter hops, maple, vanilla....
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored, reminds me of less-malty barley wine. Very complex flavors. A great beer
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, small head. A full bodied ale. Extremely malty. Malts flavored of maple, vanilla and oak. Yeah. I know but they do. Intense and very complex flavors. Some sweet and sour interaction going on here. Smooth and rich. No alcohol bite despite an 11% by volume. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some residual alcohol bite. Very interesting beer.