21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the name, boardhead. Poured a pale earthy red tone, rusty, big head though not in the mountainous fashion. Full flavor, slightly tart, red licorice is definetely present, and it has a big ass finish with a lingering slightly smokey thing going on. A sour, spicey aroma, with a hint of twizzler. A true treasure is this.
omhper (20689) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 version, bottled (at the Rate Beer gathering at Flying Saucer, Addison).
Amber couloured. Cork and flower aroma. Very thick with chewy maltiness. This is hop syrup so thick it doesn't make your mouth wet. Flavourful, and rather complex, yet not extremely bitter.
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Bottle, Reserve 01. Pretty smelling. Very nice barleywine, bright, syrupy, balanced, with a spicy end. "Big" is the right word for it, and for once I am really enthusiastic about a big beer. // Re-rate: I had this again, this time on tap with a '01 vintage, at the Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland, and I wouldn't change my rating much if at all. Lovely, sippable barleywine.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2001. Pinkish-amber. Pretty smelling, floral. Quite strong, grapefruit and Chinook hops make their presence known. Agressive as hell, wonderfully challenging but a complete palate wrecker. I can't believe we're drinking this second in a tasting of 15 beers!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2001) Orange-red in color, slightly cloudy. Avg head on top. This b-wine is a great representation of the style IMO. Lots of alcohol and a great hoppiness to it.....very well balanced and easy to drink.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully, very smooth, very rich, very balanced. Much like foghorn, enough quantity made to have some consistancy. Yummy
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite thick and rich head. Alcohol evident. Good ester perception and spices as well, some nut characteristic--very drinkable.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This must have been the beer the beer that Benjamin Franklin was talking about “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy’
It’s a big beer 01 vintage and I love the smell, fruit, and malt, some flowery hops. All that and more in the taste. The very best
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fair amount of carbonation. Creamy, tight packed head. Hazy amber color. Hops and malt character in the aroma. Alcohol is warming and apparent. The hoppy bitterness is a nice addition.
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge beer. Starts with a great fruity and malt nose. Attractive: slighlty cloudy red-amber color and a tight creamy head. Complex tastes of toasted malt, dark fruits (raisins), and spices (cinnamon in the middle), with a peppery end. Finishes with a long hoppiness that is not overpowering like bigfoot. Fantastic balance - love it! This shows some very controlled, sophisticated brewing. Went perfect with Yogi_Beera's apple pie.