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.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly cloudy copper with minimal head. Aroma is strong of fruit and caramel. Soft carbonation with a sryupy mouthfeel, i like it. I like it alot. Kinda barleywineish.
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.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 42624. I could smell dark fruit the moment the seal on the cap was broken and before Iíd even poured it. Poured a beautiful copper colour with a large creamy white head. Smells of dark fruit - plums and raisins, with an underlying maltyness. This carries on into the flavour. I t has a strong port-wine flavour, full of dark fruits. Caramel maltyness underlies the flavour. a slight bitterness/alcohol flavour towards the end. Very, very nice.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Musty sweet malt and bread with a hint of nuts, maybe pecans? Orange amber with golden highlights and a huge head of creamy micro bubbles and strong lacing. Smooth upfront with noticeable sweet malt and yeast finishing with a very bourbon aftertaste and some noticeable alcohol flavor. Chewy mouth feel with a range of flavors of toffee, citrus, malt and scotch. Very enjoyable, but more like a barley wine than and English Strong Ale
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I probably took the first few sips when the beer was bit too cold. Highly carbonated and acidic. Pretty harsh until...it warmed up a little. Although not as good as the 1999, the 2000 has a strong hop bitterness finish. Maybe this should have been aged a little bit longer.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Nice red brown with long lasting tan head. Medium strong, malty nose. The Hops are nice and strong aand counterbalance the powerful toasty malt. Love that alcohol burn but it would be lovely to get this experience in a lower ABV beer. I'd drink a ton of it!
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep amber, dark in spots. Smells of spice, malts and bits of fruits and nut. Taste is well, very complex. To this reviewer a tinge over my head. Taste is of strong malt and spice with bits of date and almond. Alchohol singes the palate a bit, but a warming welcome for the overall experience. Mouthfeel is light, a bit airy, with little demons of flavors that bounce around the palate like a ballet on adrenaline. Something I would visit more in the colder months. As I said, a bit complex, much like trying to digest Kirkegard at the tender age of 12.
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2000 vintage: Huge, beautiful aroma, poached/stewed fruit, caramel, raisins, toffee. Fantastic golden amber color with a beautiful head. Still very carbonated after 10 years! Taste is incredible. Very mellow and sweet. Lovely malty, caramel flavor and very reminiscent of poached fruit. This has to be the perfect desert beer. Alcohol is undetectable. Amazingly rich and creamy. Only fault I could give is that it is a bit too mellow and sweet but this makes it all the more perfect for desert. Beautiful mellow complexity which really leaves an impression. Very drinkable. This would be sublime with poached peaches! After 10 years in the bottle this is fantastic. I bought this one already aged and obviously it was well-cellered.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber brown color with a small off shite head. Aroma of spices and caramel malt. Taste includes hints of spices, malt, candy sugar, and some alcohol.