notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
guzzler67 (1553) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
boto (1943) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
fiulijn (16214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jgb9348 (5021) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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!
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1995-1996 Bottle: Amber color with a small white head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, and strong alcohol. Strong spicy hoppy alcohol flavor.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown ale. Nice appearance. Nutty sweetness balanced with understated hops. Well textured.