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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. Makes a great cellar beer. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught year round. ABV 9% IBU 91

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2383) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2002
strong nearly belgian aroma, very red, serious hop presence, syrupy sweet with some grassy notes

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2001- Clear brown color, earthy sweet aroma, thick and malty a great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2002
’99. Good subtle flavor with some spices; lots of orange. The flavor hides the alcohol lever quite well... an easy drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Pours amber/orange, with low carbonation, coupled with the huge hop body makes this a smooth sipping ale, Alcohol really warms you up. Easy drinking for such a big beer, excellent plavor dominated by malt, but very well hopped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
(reserve 99) Cloudy orange with small light tan head. Floaties at bottom of pour. Big hoppy aroma -- citrus mostly. Plenty of malts there too, some sweetness. The flavor is sweet and rich. Sweet rich flavor --tastes like they kept adding the malts well past the point of sanity. Also some kick ass hoppiness. The aftertaste is involuntary shudder alcohol bitter burn. Definitely a sippy, not a session, beer.

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