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Hampshire has a huge toasted malt flavor balanced by assertive hoppiness. The finish is long and lingering with the malt and hop notes blending with alcohol warmth. Two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood and East Kent Golding hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Deep ruby amber. Creamy, frothy whitish head. Big earthy malt nose. Big malts, very assertive. Very smooth drinking, despite evident alcohol. Nice fruitiness, medium bodied palate, finishes with a lingering, bitter, spicy, pepper, alcoholic finish. Very nicely done. I like this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Very complex flavor, and hard to put my finger on all that is in this one. Definetly malty, and a handful of spices. Slight alcohol presence, but the beer is not overly sweet or sticky. Amber body and no head really. Pretty good and robust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
[year unknown] Nice amber color, minimal lacing that disappears quickly - slightly fruity aroma - this is a pretty robust and flavorful ale, lots going on - roasted nuts, fruits, cookie, a bit of chocolate - slight hops and grain in the finish - a very well made english strong ale, esp. from an american brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Deep color, sticky off-white head. Aroma is a bit toasty and nutty. Flavor quite malty, some good nuttiness, maybe a bit of caramel. Slight chocolate, a bit of rye. Enough hops to give some kick. Does have a slightly harsh finish that's a bit unpleasant. Decently creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1506) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003
02-03 vintage. Not much of a head, but the appearance was beautiful - a nice dark amber. Still waiting for the nose to develope, but did detect the toasted malts. Malts dominated the flavor also, so all you hopheads need to be forewarned. Overall, a very pleasant English-style ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2003
Poured copper colored with a fluffy, off-white head. Very little lacing, but what was there stuck. Aroma is of sweet molasses and rye crisp; Heavy malt on the palate, a great deal of sweetness warmed with alcohol. A good winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1856) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Looking at some of the others, maybe I should save some for later, as this was the 2002 vintage. It was still very good. Nice copper color, with a complex aroma. Hops are in evidence, but there are many other scents. Nice balance of lots of malts and hops. A very good one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14740) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 2007-10-06, bottle at Brickseller, Washington DC, 6-3-7-3-14=33
Amber color; beautiful creamy head. A good balanced Ale, with a good body strength, malty, quite good flavor, also milky (but puke comes out too), but it’s not as special as I remembered.

2003-03-02, Winter 1997-1998 Edition, 5 years old, 8-5-9-5-17=44.
Cloudy dark amber color with a persistent layer of foam; nice perlage. Wonderful aroma of malt, some hop, caramel, nuts, some phenols; pretty similar to some barley wine, but less sweet.
Excellent body texture, good balance of malty body and strong bitterness with good hop aromas, caramel, chocolate. Ending with a boldly bitter and aromatic final; a lot of caramel as well.
Maybe it has lost some hop freshness, but it has aged well, showing only a very light Madeira character.
An excellent low alcohol Barley Wine, without the alcohol punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
This brew has a fine nose of anise, alcohol, spices, fruit (currants and plumbs), and almost a portish cask wood quality. Pours a sparkling medium ruby amber. The average sized off-white cramy head has fair lacing and is mostly lasting. The warm flavor though rich and deep is hard to define. The complexity flows so well that it is a challenge to pull single qualities from the whole. The finish is long and again rich. The medium lively palate is dry and finishes astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4749) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 2000 Millenium Vintage: Dark amber in colour with a medium off-white head. Nice flavours going, burnt sugars (both from caramel and from ripe fruit), a musty flavour as well. Good complexity and balance between the hops and malt,especially noticable in the aftertaste. A better vintage than the 2003 bottle which I had before. I had this one out of the same bottle with DougShoemaker given to us by Lyle Ostrow at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. 7,4,7,4,16 2003 Vintage: Amber in colour with no head at all. Sweet and grapey in the smell. Strong--malty--and hoppy in taste. A great flavourful beer! 7,3,7,4,16

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