fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The only reason my ratings weren’t any lower is due to believing that there’s a good beer beneath the one that a Colorado store improperly cellared. Must have been either in the light, in a hot warehouse or both. Very funky taste masking everything with underlying sense of malt flavor - hops destroyed. Damn ...
Crit (3718) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap:Deep red brown. Lasting tan head. Alcohol nose. Medium alcohol heat but smoother malt and less rough edges than most barleywine
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reserve 01, Bottled on 12/2/99: 18k Goldness with brilliant red glare and thin tan and tiny bubbleez..aroma of Cherry creamcicles & candy apples with vanilla cream..thick & creamy candy apple goodness joined at the hip with a mixture of red & black licorice and a dose of vanilla extract or maybe a couple dots of vanilla bean...alcohol well hidden, bottle states 91 IBU..I don’t know about all that but i do decipher some hop goodies
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 Vintage: I love the aroma!!! Sour cherries with some butterscotch/caramel, along with some metallic and alcohol essences. The cherry part reminds me of Quelque Chose. A beatiful buterscotch-orange colour with thin off-white head. Very complex flavour. It starts off mild with hints of cherry and butterscotch, then it really builds with piney hops coming through before a super intense, kick you in the ass, warming type finish. Definitely one of the better barley wines that I’ve had.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown color, medium head. Nose is caramel, malts, apples and dates. Big Bold Barleywine. This puppy reaches up and grab you by the ^#%$!!!!;. Malty and hoppy. The malt sweetness is balanced by it big hoppyness, then the alcohol bite grabs you. The fact that all three are balanced and rotate around on your taste buds is amazing. Complex flavors and very warming. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter, with a lingering sweetness. Bottle aging will improve this already excellent beer.
joet (2493) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heady with a bushy Cascade nose, pine, resinous, brown color, some obvious alcohol, malty as hell, Belgian lace, hints of pepper. This is good drinking and a hint of phenolic to make this more interesting.
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Rating #1 Brewed on 12/2/99 (Reserve 01) and rated on 11/12/02 (8 5 9 4 19 -- 4.5). What a feast! Dark amber color with a solid light-brown head. The aroma has malts, cider, alcohol, raisins, and grapefruit. This stuff will knock you back a couple of feet! The flavor is sweet and acidic with dark fruits. It coats your mouth like nectar. Rating #2 Brewed on 5/22/02 (Reserve 02) and rated on 6/15/08 (7 3 7 4 17). A dark murky brownish amber color with a laced tan head. The aroma has apricots, raisins, caramel and noticeable alcohol. Smooth (aged well), bright flavors with citrus, grapefruit and loads of caramel. This one will probably never live up to the dream first bottle in 2002, but it is still quite nice.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bitters on palate last forever. strong, sweet fruity presence with definite tones of flowers. somewhat spicy on the finish. Definitely needs some time to gain some complexity and some depth. the head was gone almost immidiately though. Going to cellar a couple for the next few years!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong nearly belgian aroma, very red, serious hop presence, syrupy sweet with some grassy notes
BillKismet (3723) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expecting to be let down by this highly rated barley wine, this beer suprisingly lived up to its vaunted status. Reddish amber hued with a cream head that dies almost instantly, it is blessed with a beautiful ambrosic seraphim aroma of sugar candy cherries and crystal malt--with an oaken quality as well. Aged for about a year (the ’01 concoction), the hops were subdued and this beer was excellently balanced and consistend throughout. The alcohol was masked almost entirely and the port like qualities were well appreciated. A subsequent knock on this beer is that, though it has richness of aroma and flavor, it is uncomplex--analagous to san miguel dark lager in this matter alone. This beer did not mix well with my red wine basil sauce pasta--but this cannot be considered much of a knock. Despite, and in spite, of its high rating--I found this to be a superbly crafted offering that deserves its accolades.