Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice golden color, aroma is complex, hops, sugar, fruit flavors. The palate is think, full and rich. I love the hops on the finish, it"s quite bitter.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick and cloudy light brown,lasting tan head.Lightly alcoholic malt nose. Malt flavor with medium alcohol heat.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeasty and fruity aroma. Large, white overflowing head on a medium amber body. While the flavor bursts with fruits and candy, the finish is complete with a light touch of chocolate. Not a bad barleywine.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very nice. Has a lot of sediment in it, which gives it a hazy appearance. Medium head, soft white in color. A lot of carbonation. Nice blend of hops and flavor, with neither pushing the other out.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity, malty aroma. Very light in color for a barley wine. To me it tastes more like a highly hopped Belgian. A new favorite of mine
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head so huge it was troublesome--and for me to say that!! Smell, nice; taste, blended hoppiness and yummy; Color golden. Too carbonated though.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #42: This has a red/brown appearence with a substantial, creamy head, that takes its time shrinking to a nice lacing. There is a sweet, yeasty aroma, that gives a slight hint of the flavor to come. Heaps of malts, subtle hop presence, sweet caramel, chocolate-covered fruit - there is a lot going on. This reminds me quite a bit of Young’s Old Nick. This is a bit better, but Old Nick is quite a bit cheaper, and this isn’t superior enough to it to make me want to buy it that often. Still, this is a great beer.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 cloudy golden pour, with dense white head. The nose has got a ton going on there. So many hops make it hard to nail down exactly what's happening. Alcohol, hints of sweet melons, some light yeastiness and lighter fruits. Balance is the key here. This is the most multifaceted 10% bier I've ever had. Backed up with an unbelieveable array of hops, some serious malt presence for complexity. Definitely the most drinkable beer of it's potence I've had to date. (it may just give some heady belgians a run for their money)
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #36: This beer was so carbonated that it took quite a while to chill out enough for me to drink. Looked like sea foam on the ocean. Constant spring of bubbles while sitting. Very strong and constant flavor. The aftertaste lasts and lasts! Great beer!
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #36: I’d say it’s a cross between a barley wine and a tripel. Murky golden-orange colour with plenty of sediment and sporting a sturdy white head. Scotchy/hoppy aroma. Tastes very strong, bitter, and has a certain vintage "old" flavour to it. There’s also a bit of butterscotch, caramel, and cognac flavour to it. Very intense, complex, and thought provoking.