jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #53,865 (shared with Nuffield). Deep amber with a tan head. Dark fruits, plums, and raisins. The flavor is a touch harsh from the alcohol but far better than the 2001 I had the day before.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 53865. Raisins... Lovely English Strong Ale, warming.... Sticky, but not as sticky as other Fullers vintages Iíve had, it seems. All the classic elements are there, a little woodiness in the flavor. Good beer...
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 Crisp, sweet taste, and the alcohol in the finish, This is a quality beer.Looks great in the glass with its glowing Amber color,fills the nose with a wonderful smell,I will be getting more of this, and only hope to be able to cellar some of it.Bottle #32627.... Run, don't walk and get some of this !2nd Rating Christmas Eve-Eve (2002) Bottle #35238 I see my buddy marinaro500 might have had bad luck with a 99 bottle, are they going bad ? This 2000 bottle says drink before end of 2003.Its a Barley Wine, and a damn good one, complex,strong and full of numerous flavours. funny look how close my bottle # is to FlemishChar only 300or so bottles off and many miles apart.deeply complex and a superb belly warmer,bottle was asleep in my cellar for over 6 months. sweet, full of orange,malt, a unique spice, truly a Winner, glad I have 3 bottles left, just wondering what their peak is, Spring,Fall , or Winter of 2003, Highly Recommended !
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bigger alcohol, bigger flavor than the í99. tasted side by side.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 # 64507 a lost pond hiding in forests of reds, oranges, and browns..lathering cream climbs the sides of the glass..volcanic atmospheric eruptions of cherry, licorice, chocolate and exploding crunchy rasberries...tasting orchards, candy stores, and ice cream parlors..
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great ale very much like a barley wine.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Vintage 1999 bottling 12/4/2002: 8 4 8 5 16 Ė 4.1
Bottle #73224. Pours a nice deep amber/red color, with a slightly off-white head. The aroma starts with sweet malts and moves to light piney and perfumy hops. Light and clean in the mouth. The flavors are very well balanced, starting sweet with malt and a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied finish with a nice dose of hops to balance. Well done, indeed. I still don't feel like I have a grasp on this style, but this has certainly been my favorite so far.
Vintage 2000 bottling 11/23/2002: 7 4 8 4 16 Ė 3.9
Bottle #63534. A nice dark red/orange body with a tight, full head. Flavors of soft fruit, caramel, malt/cereal, and a touch of hops. The alcohol is present but not over-powering. A nice balance makes this beer pleasant and enjoyable.
Vintage 2001 bottling 2/6/2003: 8 4 7 3 16 Ė 3.8
Bottle #07301. Pours a bright ruby color with a thick, off-white head that quickly retreats to a thin line. The nose has dry cereals, cherry, whisky, honey and a bit of sourness. The flavors have decent balance, with a nice malt start and acceptable hop bitterness in the finish. Not the best of the Vintages, but with some more time, it could be.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 10/04: two years later and this bottle is a gem. Clear light ruby with a small-bubbled head. Rich dark complex sugars. Lightly, but expertly hopped. I'm guessing that this will be good for at least another 10 years. 11/02: Bottle # 52889: Pours clear dark orange with a big head. Sweet dark fruit aroma with a bit of plum. Starts sweet and ends dry. My favorite brew from England.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle no. 38234. Beautiful sweet malt aroma. Huge, cream colored, dense head. Deep copper cast. Wonderfully complex, with spicy, biting, whiskeyish malt sweetness, peppery alcohol bite, and finish like that of brandy. Beautiful.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good ale. Nice soft mouthfeel and very deserving of the high rating.