pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet and syrupy. Strong alcohol taste.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 (4 years old)... A crimson siren singing sweet caramel melodies from a thick syrupy sea of alcohol and chocolate malt...And she caresses with the fattest cherries...Her finish is a bit watery and alcoholic though...
(8 years old)...At this point in its evolution, every flavor starts to fade, and its structure starts to crack...The fruity caramel still valiantly holds ground, but alzheimer is affecting it, not remembering how it used to unite flavors so well before...The rating above does not take into account this old sample...
Ernest (6258) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
1998 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel), with notes of brown sugar, sherry, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Dull aged aroma, too sweet. First rating, but second time I’ve sampled.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
You’ve got to be joking right? this was horrendously syruppy and sweet (IMHO), raisiny malty flavour, cloying, cloying, cloying, way too sweet, no balance.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too much head...diminishes quickly. Caramel aroma and taste.Not too mauch in the way of alcohol. Quite enjoyable though.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled 1998: More head here than on most barleywines. Very sweet. This just might be one of the best barleywines I’ve ever had - must taste it head-to-head against Victory Old Horizontal. Harvey should follow the barleywine naming tradition and call this Old Elizabethan Ale. This one’s really rather mild, and that’s why I like it.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 More impressive than most barleywines I've had. Color like a darker brown or darker nut brown ale. Spices evident along with hints of fruit. Maybe raisins, plums, etc. Great winter warmer or digestif. Perfect for dessert. Nice strong ale. Recommended.
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet and sherry like. Nice sipping beer for a winter’s night. Needs a bigger bottle.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelent, big malty alcohol nose that got me excited. Big with a fruity malt charecter, very warming. Highly enjoyed. ’Reminds me of hard drugs.’ Zach
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this one packs a wollop, way more body than meets the eye, mmmmm