omhper (20166) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, year unknown. Pours thick and mahogany coloured with no head. Orangey nose. Very malty and very sweet. The finish is drier and nicely hop aromatic with lingering bitterness.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy cherry red color with a frothy, beige head. Rich, creamy, sweet Carmel/cherry flavor. The 10% ABV is well hidden, but makes it’s self-known. Awesome barley wine.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage. Dark brown color, medium head. A massive barleywine. Intense malt flavor, definite hop bite. Full bodied. Intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and malty. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Not much of an alcohol bite despite being 10% by volume. Nice beer.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice Barleywine. One of the best ive had. ten times better than Sierra Nevadas bigfoot.
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious and a much fuller and interesting beer than the Double IPA which is also excellent and also about 10.5% ABV. Grassy, green and slick like oil, with tobacco pepper on the back braced strongly by a hearty, light-medium effervescent malt backbone.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red color.Creamy, LACEY,head.Aromas of earthy,grapefruit,hops. The alcohol vapors are slightly hidden by the huge rich malt aromas.The taste almost has a cappucino like creaminess.Great balance with the hops and malts. The tounge is all toffe,nuts,and very slight alcohol.The finish is very moderately,intriguingly, bitter. The flavors go from one thing to the other.Very full of flavor.Will save one for a couple years to taste it stripped down.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy cherry red, the head is beige, frothy, and long lasting as is the lace. Nose is caramel, baked apples, light coffee, malt and a bit earhty. Front is sweet, the top is medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, acidic, and the 10% abv, certainly makes itself known, a great barley wine.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, what they said. I am not very good at describing flavors, but they seem right on. See my rating. It’s very good.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Includes an aroma of apples, burning alcoholic vapors, pineapples, resin, toffee, almonds, and caramel. Alcohol is overbearing, and it wants to become oversweet due to the low attenuation, but the robust bitterness takes care of that. Not as complex as I would prefer, but a serviceable barleywine, no less.