drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With ten different hop varieties (from five different countries) itís not too surprising that this was relatively bitter. I found the alchohol to be rather well concealed actually. Great malty charater as the beer warms. Needless to say this beer was gorgeous, as are all of the HOTD brews. I hate rating beer while not actually sitting with one so Iím going to refrain from too much recollection, as it may be a bit off, but this definitely left me with a good lasting impression.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Batch 36. Being that itís a bottle-conditioned beer I might have been better off to wait a little while longer on this bottle. Fairly thick. The alcohol definitely lets you know itís there.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 16(1999-2000). deep golden, hazy, some floaters and a thin creamy head. big aroma of tropical fruit, caramel, spice and slight alcohol. more fruit on the tongue, namely mango and pineapple. mellow yet complex hops. very thick, almost gelatinous, coats the whole mouth. 10% abv hides itself well. remarkably smooth. beautiful.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Straw Color, slightly cloudy – small head. Beer is almost chewy, very thick. Fred is ten different hopped high alcohol ale. The hop flavor is VERY pronounced, yet balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Finish is clean; aftertaste is sweet, slightly bitter. This beer is not for everyone, but it is a must try for any serious beer drinker. Had some non-beer drinker try this beer, and they loved it.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel sweetness, spiciness, pineapple, banana, alcohol and light hop in the aroma. Incredible deep golden-orange in color, very much opaque and with a creamy head and nice lacing, quite an attractive beer altogether. Flavor has some complexity, with toffee, caramel and vanilla cream, a stunning spicy character, sweet but delicate fruitiness, and a veritable array of hop flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, just slightly effervescent and spicy, and is very well done. Finish is very long and flavorful, a little alcoholic. Warming. This is soooo good. Batch #37.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and syrupy. A good barley wine. Has a nice orange, honey color. The alcohol is definitely present.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very strange barleywine, really. Some fruitiness to it, but also tons of alcohol. The 10% alcohol in this one is quite apparent. Also somewhat reminiscent of a triple, but still also the barleywine. Quite different.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve known Fred for a couple years - and I think heís changed a bit overtime. I liked Fred then, and I like him even more now. Syrupy sweat - but somehow balanced out by the alchohol, hops and tons of rye flavor. Color is a cloudy dark red. Belgian candy sugar , spice and rye on the nose. Somewhere between barley wine and a belgian triple. Very warming.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A easy to drink barley wine. Goes down easy with a bit of spice and warmth. One is enought, but two is ok!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 Re-rate. 12 oz bottle from Holiday Wine CellarRich golden-amber color with a wisp of off-white foam. Aroma is rich and fruity sweet. Flavor starts Honey sweet followed by fruity citrus flavors and finishing smooth and dry with a little orange rind. Full body is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Nice.