Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex and yet simple, It had a slightly bitter finish with a middle strength body.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2003 1997 Vintage (8,3,8,4,15): Pours a dark brown with absolutely no carbonation. The aroma is of soy and caramel. The onset of flavor is watery, but gets more complex toward the finish. It has an interesting oily mouthfeel with sherry-like characteristics. A slightly malty, oaky palate and sour notes contribute to a lightly bitter caramel malt finish. The oldest beer I have ever tried, and I just bought it. Not exceptional, but worth having at least once.
Re-rate 1999 vintage (7,3,7,4,15): Much like the first with a sweet and mellow caramel malt aroma. Glowing copper ruby with strands of bubbles. Body is thicker than the '97 and a little sweeter, but not as complex.
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smelled like wine and even tasted like it too. I thought it was very different and worht the try.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very apple like, balanced nicely. Some nice spices in the aroma and on the palate. All in all, not a bad beer.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks and smells brilliant. A tone of sweet flavor simalar to a marsala wine. Not something i fancy too much in a barley wine. but still something i would reccomend to someone who is really into barley wines. I just like more hops in my barley wines.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured with a nice reddish brown body, no head whatsoever. Tasted very much like a fine red wine. I liked this beer very much and would recommend it.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I do love a beer with a cork. Pours very bubbly but with no head. Fruity earthy aroma. Very thick palate, slightly oily. Well disguised ABV. No one outstanding flavour, or any outstanding flavour for that matter. Quite sweet, slightly tangy, hint of hops. A comforting beer to drink due to lack of challange.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cavendish tobacco, fermenting fruits (apple?) and an alcohol not unlike a person who has had way to much to drink. Chestnut color and no head to speak of with a alcohol pepperieness on the tounge. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected. Dry sherry and oak, a bit of sweet strong malt extract. Finish is very plesant with languid carmel and vinious malts intertwining Stonge isoprople alcohol holds this one back from greatness.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2002
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled in 1999: Deep dark fruit aroma, however that was the only thing that I really liked about it. Muddy brown color with no head (or carbonation), prune taste, starts sweet and ends acidic.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 One geyser yields a dry and tart wooden cider…Another one spurts peppery tobacco ashes…The one next to it a rich and spicy red wine…I love when my mouth feels like Yellowstone…The problem with this beer though is that sometimes the geysers turn to stagnant pools...The flavors are there but become too tart, alcoholic and incohesive...Rating above is an average of the two extremes...