goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 2002-2003 bottle:
Pours a dark amber, closer to copper in color, medium white head, slowly receeds to leave medium lace. Aroma is strong on the malts, some biscuit, lots of butterscotch, and some caramel. Flavor is strong on the butterscotch, slight hints of alcohol towards the end as it warms, and finishes with a slight hoppiness that balances everything out quite well. Very thick and strong body.
On tap : Nice amber pour, citrusy aroma. Flavor start a little citrus & malty, and finishes with light hops. Goes down smoother and the 7%.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001-2002. Very malty and rich, with perfect balance and lots of complexity. Reminded me of a barleywine, with mercifully less alcohol. Great stuff.
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000-2001 release. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of citrus and alcohol. Flavor is a little citrus/sour. Bitter finish and you can taste the alcohol. Mine was not heavy or syrupy, just very drinkable.
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
02 version.Beautiful brown/gold color mix.Yeasty aroma.Malty sweet up front finishes dry.Not much fer hop flavors.Ok mouthfeel kinda thin though.How did gearys brews get so damn expensive!$8.99 a sixer.Not really worth it to me.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2001-2002 edition: At this level of alcohol (7% abv) this is stronger that most EPAs I’m used to. Slight warming as it goes down and noticeable malt presence. Bitter and slightly syrupy, like a barleywine.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 00-01 release: Impressive fluffy, rocky foam atop this copper color. sharp Strong Ale-like aroma shows crystal malt, subtle orange rind, and toffee. I can see that aging this has converted the palate into a gem. Many may interpret it as being watery. But this is a blissful texture; and one of the best I have experienced; creamy, fluffy, and perfectly soft. Flavors are impressively subtle and refined. Cherry, tolerable note of acidity, mild plum, and caramel. Finishes with a touch of brown sugar, cotton candy, cream, and coffee. This is absolutely mellow and classy.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001-2 bottled. Beautiful apple juice color topped by lasting creamy large head; nose of citrus, apples, caramel malt, nice but on the weak side. Flavor outstanding, thick and sweet and heavy for a pale ale, a little light for a barley wine, my predecessors in rating have it all right. Very drinkable despite the high sweetness and thickness; some pepperiness and decent hoppiness help. Far better than the overrated porter and pale ale from these folks.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
00-01 Edition.Hint of malt in the aroma. Nice malt flavor with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol comes through slightly. An enjoyable brew.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(00-01 edition) Clear amber/orange color. Thin head and lace. Huge nose of cookie dough like malt,caramel,maybe a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg(there is some kind of spice) and others. Medium bodied. Huge, rich malty backbone, assertive but well melded hopping,wisps of caramel,spices and chocolate, all infused wonderfully with a cozy alcoholic warmth. More like a lower abv barleywine then a pale ale. This is outstanding.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
There isn’t a better way to pass a cold,lonely New England night.