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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I picked up some candied yams?, heavy malts with hints of alcohol (rummy notes) and dried fruit. Off-tan teeny bubbled head with excellently retained ring whisp. A little lighter than I would prefer on the palate. I like a syrupy feel which some barleywines offer. I noticed a marshmallowy texture as well which made this truly quaffable. Are those plums I detect? Anything is possible in a beer this complex. Yes, it is loaded with fuggles, as the beer expert Venom nicely put it. Oh momma, holy moly. The champion hops and malted barley are so exquisitely used in this fine ale. Next up...2000, in the cellar for a much later date.
tourette (219) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one great beer. I bought a couple bottles almost a year ago. Drank one right away and loved it. Drank the second a few days ago, and it was even better. This beer ages well.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this years vintage and i wasnít disappointed. Very, Very good!
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I finally got my hands on some. this beer did not disappoint. the beer backs all the hype; full flavored, complex, warming. I drank it at about 58 degrees which is how i prefer a hearty beer. The last little sip i forgot to finish at the end of the night even tasted good the next morning....
omhper (20568) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown. Very malty, vinuous, full bodied, bitter, complex.
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes in a pretty box. Strangely fruity tasting and smells wonderful.