Davhgbrew (458) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty aroma, dark red w/ a whispy brown head. Palate is full w/ moderate hops, and sweet fruit in the middle. Alcohol and hops in the finish. Great warming beer that would be great to come home to in the winter. I this one better as it warmed up. Nice brew!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
boxed beer, donít be fooled, far better then Franzia. Hoppy aroma with sweet notes here and there. Red, radiant amber color with a frothy head. Utterly Mind Blowing. Perfection as far as balance is concerned. Intense hop bite from time to time, damn this is good. This is a beer I could sit back and enjoy again and again. Alc packs a punch. This beer is blending so well with the 9-29-00 Vegas Phish show were lissening too I want to cry. Or maybe its because I just finished it.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
my rating may be skewed since just holding the box intimidated me, soooo sweet and alcoholic and it looks mouth watering too.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, I finally tried this and I really canít believe that the í99 is that superior to this. Maybe Iím just not sophisticated enough to believe that something, that much better than this beer, could exist. Tastes like liquid sponge cake lofting in a soup of cane sugar. Incredibly meaty with a nice hop finish and a very balanced flavor. I can only hope that I can someday find the í99 and judge for myself.
fraternie (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy toffee/cinnamon malt flavor that is a bit overwhelming. Perfect balance though, with a blast of hops in the finish. I havenít tried the 1999 and this was good, but not worth the purchase in my opinion (except of course to add another beer to the old resume...) The 1845 is a better strong ale in my book.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great full body aroma, red/coper color. the taste seems dry and fruity, and the finish is with a strong hoppy contrast.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with a swirling yeast cloud. Creamy and full off white head, diminishes slowly. Steady single lined carbonation. Aroma of watermelon?, toffee, dextrin, soapy notes and floral hops. Fluffy body, soapy taste atop the maltiness which is less expressive than previous years. Spicy hit of alcohol with fruity esters and a large dose of floral Goldings bitterness. Thereís also a fuzziness that is sidetracking. Itís also drier and bitterly fruity with sharp yeast hints. Finishes fuzzy, slightly fizzy and noticeably more hoppy and bitter. This is nowhere near the same as the 1999 version. Extremely disappointing, although still a very nice Strong Ale.
Indra (2482) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appealing fruity malt aroma. Incredible head (especially for this style) that just wonít quit. This is the same color as the í99, a medium amber color. It may be bottle conditioned, but itís pretty clear. I know everyone else said this is more sweet and less vinous than í99, but itís true, so Iíll say it, too. Very complex but also light fruity malt flavors, a bit of vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The long finish also has some hop spiciness and bitterness. Palate is quite smooth. Great creamy mouthfeel. Warming. Complex brew. This would be great to cellar, if only I had a cellar... Tasty beer.
omhper (17561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown. Very malty, full bodied, bitter and complex. When tasted side by side with the 1999 vintage this is less vinuous, and still tasted a tad sugary. Neverthe less a great strong ale.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this beer could have used a little more aging also. Malty nose. Sweet maltly start. Medium to full middle with strong carbonation. Strong bitter warm finish. Not as smooth and mellow as the 1999, but I think I will try this again later and re-rate.