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 (217) - 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 (20169) - 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.
Spiru99 (6) - USA - NOV 27, 2001 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Is it possible for them to make a bad brew?
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 26, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW - strong, fruity, hoppy, malty, finely balanced. This is one big beer. Iím putting it at the top of my Christmas list.
atiredblue99 (6) - huntington beach, California, USA - NOV 16, 2001 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
perfection. when i saw this at the store i neary fell over. i have 4 in my basement to store aswell. this beer isnít just marketed like a vector w8 but it taste like the gods made it.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Number 100 here boys! The crown is mine. Do i get a t-shirt? A Slightly hazy(bottle conditioned) amber. Persistent white thin head and lace. Subdued aroma of bread,caramel, malts and a little bit of alcohol. This is a bit different then the 98.Same qualities but in different magnitudes. Bready and a huge malty profile with ripe fruitiness in the palate,some yeastiness that just adds to the character, damn smoooth drinking beer. A waaaaarm lingering finish with nice touch of hops.You notice different things in the beer when its going from cold to warmer, i notices something minerally (like user mentioned) when i first started drinking it. Gets softer as it warms and the overall taste even improves..,,,i will be running out and grabbing a couple more. Not the most complex on the palate but no doubt about it, this and its younger bro are world champs. This one is a little more powerful then the 98 I think. Has given me quite the buzz. Fullers got their shit together..