austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, it was great and all, but didnít seem all that different from the Fullerís 2001!
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet malt nose with some toffee-like aromas. Smooth malt start, full complex middle, just enough bitterness to balance the ímaltinessí. Smooth finish with some very predominate alcoholic warmth (good stuff) looking forward to tasting 2000 & 2001 with the SpyDog!
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Toffee tasting with a welcome alcoholic bite. Someone said butterscotch flavor and I would have to agree. Full body. Cool packaging. Soon will try the 2000 and 2001.
Andrew196 (1114) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! What a good beer. This beer was full of flavor but at the same time wasnt overpowering. Looked beautiful, tasted beautiful....full of fruits and malt...good freakin beer! Me and the bro accidentally found this at a bar in Houston....oops!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unreal. My bro and I are visiting our mother for the weekend, we go to Gingerman in Houston, and they have this stuff!! What a nice surprise. It came in a very elegant box and was quite nice, especially as it warmed up. Exquisite maltiness, the sweet tastes were great as the caramel lingered into the end. Wonderful! And so, this concludes the story of how I had ratebeerís #1 and #2 beers in less than 24 hours.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very fine aroma of hops, caramel, butterscotch. Flavor follows w. the same, full of malt, toffee and butterscotch, yet also fruity. Finishes with a nice note of bitterness. Clean, sweet, rich, excellent overall.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep, damned near perfect. Sweet, almost rum-like nose. Extraordinarily smooooooth flavor--sweet, but not cloying, with notes of caramel and cream or butter. A real ídesert islandí brew.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just a pleasant ale. A lots of malt flavors with a good hops balance. Not particularly complex, but age may help.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The parts were all there...most definitely. Aroma was so subtle and fantastic and full. The presentation of this thing, from the packaging to the beautiful thin wispy head that remains after the pour, is wonderful. Delightfully complex flavors that others have mentioned, and it is very well balanced. But I echo at least one other comment that it seems barleywineish to me, and seems far stronger than the labelís 8.5% indicates. In fact, my major beef is the big alcohol presence throughout beginning, middle and end of this syrupy, silky, full-bodied experience. It just wasnít for me. Aging might soften that?
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage ALE JUST ABOUT GOES ALL THE WAY FOR ME.dAMN GOOD BEER! pROBABLY BETTER IF YOU LET IT AGE. wHO WANTS TO WAIT?