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.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No. 41723. Clear amber color. Head was pretty impressive even with a total "soft" pour. Nose is very yeasty and malty with a hint of whisky. Taste is sweet up front and ends with just a little bitter kick. This beer can be described as thick, kind of like a barleywine on the palate. Iím impressed with this ale overall.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No.47955.Looks, smells, and tastes like the 1999 I tried two days ago. Copper color with an off white head, wonderful maltiness and just a tad bit of alcohol in the flavor. Damn fine English ale.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 32033: Pour is cloudy and produces a gray head. Aroma is nutty. Initial flavor has a hint of plum and spices which transforms into sweet malty aftertaste. Not much different from the 1999 version although the former is a bit more flavorful.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes like the 99 to me, so I gave it the same score. Again, I think it tastes like a barley wine.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully balanced strong ale, starting to take on a nice brandy like aged character...superb malt backbone, all most lager-like in itís cleanliness, but with a definite ale fruitiness and complexity. Would love to do a vertical tasting someday with all the vintages...Hope it doesnít meet the same fate as Thomas Hardyís vintage ale.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color, creamy foamy head, malty sweetness with a nice hop bite.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, 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) - Sisters, 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.