loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful glowing reddish brown color. Nice huge tan head that really lasted the whole way down the glass. I, too, got really buzzed on this thing...weird. Strong cascade hops aroma. The flavor was absolutely huge...Hops bitterness, malty sweetness, grapefruit, orange, and lots of alcohol. I really picked up the alcohol in the aftertaste. Strong beer...I wish I had another to really get me buzzing!
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-colored, becoming a shimmering gemstone when you hold it up to light. Smells like a sweet version of Arrogant Bastard. Big malt, big hops, big everything but the alcohol was quite disguised. Flavors...letís see, molasses, tangerine, grapefruit, but to be honest I didnít get a lot of brown sugar and for some reason I didnít find the complex mix as appealing as I would have thought, maybe just because Iím not a big barleywine fan. Prominent yeastiness despite the relative clarity. Excessively bitter finish, which mellowed somewhat as the glass warmed up. It also seemed to get me much more buzzed than even the high ABV would suggest.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 A kickass beer! Absolutely gorgeous color....a very cloudy, deep crimson red. Very complex, yet easy to drink. Sweet and malty, some yeast and molasses. Very easy finish, alcohol masked very well. Rerate: not as balanced as it was the first time, but a great "barleywine"
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Brown ale brewed by feeding brown sugar cane to the brewery yeast. There are suspended solids in this beer. Malty and sweet. Full flavored ale. Malty and hoppy. Brown sugar gives the beer somewhat of a Belgian Ale flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a little crisp. Aftertaste slightly harsh. Some bottle aging would help this beer a lot. Still a nice taste and a very interesting idea.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gnarly looking amber with chunks of gunk suspended throughout the liquid. Thin and compact light tan head. Little if any carbonation. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, mild hops and estery alcohol. Thick body, the definition of chewy. Sugary sweet, but bitter enough to keep it at bay, ice cold. Solid caramel malts and chocolate wisps. Warm alcohol underbelly. Bitterness builds in the long and lingering aftertaste. Pine resin hoppiness, light as it may be. Quite drinkable and amazingly balanced between the intense sweetness, hoppy nature and alcohol esters. Finishes remarkably thinner with a Bock like alcoholic maltiness. Interesting. If they goofed, the good batch must be primo. Please screw up some more batches. My bottle said 9.9%ABV.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep cloudy amber or orange if you like, the head is generous, long lasting, the lace in sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, brown sugar sweet, a tad earthy. Begins sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, acidic, and well hopped for a bitter-sweet ending which I like. Ranks #180 on my master beer list.
dukedomer99 (1) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark, thick barley wine is very sweet with almost a stout flavor.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very drinkable. dark and sweet -- but not too sweet.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a shock! This is a sweet, dark wonderful brew. The alcohol is hidden in the flavor, this does not taste like a 10% beer. A treat for the senses.
joet (2138) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This years, 2001, must be the light beer version at 9.9%. A gorgeous deep golden color. Sweet and hoppy but neither cloying nor effusively aromatic. Bright, clear and pleasing despite the rounded and heavy mouthfeel. Much more palatable than the Gnarly Wine.