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 (4956) - 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?
clove99 (1) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
jazell99 (1) - New Strawn, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2002 does not count
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have tried the 1999, 2000, and 2001 vintages. I have not noticed that much difference between them, but the 1999 seems to get the best ratings. I canít add much to the tasting notes, it was good. However, I was not expecting the barley wine-type flavor and sweetness. This beer is more of a barley wine and less a strong ale in my book. Still good, though.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled brilliance. Nose of port, sherry, plums, raisins with a Fuggle background is absolutely mouth watering. Deep bronze color is breathtaking. Deep malty start with notes of port and plums in the middle. Finishes with a pleasant mixture of malt and bitterness. The flavors just blend perfectly, as do the different aromas. This is just perfect in place of a B&B or a port after dinner.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, this beer is a gift from the Lord. I am glad I know where to buy about 4 more boxes of this terrific brew.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 1999 vintage, bottle #62666: A wonderful blend of contradictions: Bitter, yet sweet, light, yet bold, complex, yet easy to drink, expensive, yet cheap.