Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown colour, no head, strong alcohol aroma, fruity and peppery with nice hoppy notes, smooth, sweet and quite bitter, warming with a dry bitter finish - very good
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The colour is cloudy brown with few foam. The aroma is fresh and quite fruity, floral. It has a long, pleasant, finishing bitterness.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite bitter. Not as thick and barleywineish as Iíd expected. Smoky and earthy, as well.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Pours a dark and cloudy amber color with a very big tan head. Strong, nutty aroma of caramel, malts, and alcohol. Highly carbonated, with strong malty flavors and hints of licorice, raisons, and caramel. This is the most highly carbonated barley wine I have had. Even so, it is very tasty and the alcohol is well hidden.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Lots and lots of foam. Lots. I mean it. Once you can actually taste it, there is a smoky and earthy flavor and a plum / cherry aftertaste. Pretty good Barley Wine, Except for the carbonation.
Darkover (1498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 Deep ruby color and almost no head. Carmel malt and alcohol flavor. Sweet acidic finish.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
first time in my beer drinking career that the cap came off with a gun-shot loudness that had me ducking in my own kitchen..I poured it slowly and got a full glass of foam..I poured it again, and now 3/4 of the glass is foam..??
Aroma is sour cherries, alcohol, and brown sugar..
super fizzy but Oh My God an unbelievable flavor if you can get past the onslaught of fizz (it is hard to though)..cherry cream with licorice and spice..If this wasnít so freakin carbinated to hell..this would be a super strong contender for best barley wine..but the fizz really does get in the way of the enjoyment..its rather sad..
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong alcohol flavor, but not as overpowering as many of the other barley wines. Nice blend of alcohol, malt and fruit.
Dogbrick (6058) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dated 2001. Chestnut colored with a thick beige head and fair carbonation. Malt and alcohol nose. I must have had this at a good temperature because I thought the flavor came through very well. Malt, caramel, chocolate and alcohol played well together. I donít know if I would want to drink a bottle from this year considering how good this one tasted.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a giant tan head. The head quickly dissolves, leaving a dark brown ale with strong aroma of chocolate. Taste is strong on malt, with a little anise in the back, and finishes with a little spice. Alcohol is definately there, slightly warming the gullet on the way down. I have some extras that I plan to age for a bit, and possibly re-rate.