bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a rich brown body with a creamy but quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing that also quickly dissipates.
Tons of hops in the nose. Big smells of malt too but it's almost 100% hops. Some of the raisin/alcohol is apparent too.
Very complex flavors going on here. Very sweet maltiness and raisin is tempered by the huge hop bite. Very floral hop bite.
Smooth and drinkable for how big this beer is...
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good barley wine. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, and malty.Finishes smooth, clean, and slightlt bitter. Abv is also well hidden. Recommended.
Panzuriel (1287) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lighter yellow in color with a fine head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Mild malts. Light and fluid mouthfeel. Good flavor. Slightly sweet. Alcohol kick. Very strong beer. Good thing it was a small bottle.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a bright golden color almost orange. Has a small white head. Smell kind of fruity. Can definitely taste the alcohol.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy amounts of head. Bright golden color. Firm alcohol taste. Fruity aroma. Hoppy finish. Very nice.
Bov (9255) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
probably the worst appearence I have ever seen (with Rogue Old Crustacean): absolutely no foam, disgusting dirty brown colour (remembers me of the river which flows near my home after a big storm); strong alcohol presence, flowers, sweet and complex with a bitter finish - really something to taste with closed eyes !
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Big head that lasts forever, light amber color. Fruity but dry, hops are everywhere and complex no one type stands out. Very alcoholic reminds me of some of the better Belgian beers
legion242 (2158) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale orange color; HUGE head that was lively; creamy nose. No attempt to hide the alcohol. Tons of white fruit- pineapple, apricot, pear. Small hint at spice. Huge lace to go along with the head.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 41. Poured a clear amber with an orange hue. Very thick white head with a beige tint - like sea foam. Not much aroma at first. Then a blend of hoppiness with light rye, faint spiciness, malts, caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Slight sourness at first, maybe from all the head and carbonation. Rich malt flavor with a bit of toffee, light rye, some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. As it warmed, some light fruitiness appeared, as well as some sherry notes. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, with a steady stream of bubbles from the center of the glass. Quite delicious.
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really good beer but not great. Belgianoid with a cloudy base and a nice head. Big fruity aroma with an initial bloom dominated by hops and fruit overtones. long lasting bitterness that crawls down your throat. Full of complex flavors. Definitely drinkable and puts most American beers to shame. Nice Job.