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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The '02 represents the third edition of our limited release beer. As in the past, this beer has been brewed with a completely new recipe and follows no particular style guidelines. Again, the 20 barrels of limited production '02 was aged for almost a year before it was released. This year's version is made with a single malt, Marris Otter, which our brewers believe to be the best in the world. In addtion, a variety of hops were added to achieve the 100 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) which creates a distinctive yet surprisingly smooth bite. As always, this product will improve with time, so find a few and enjoy them for years to come. It is extremely limited, extremely strong, and extremely original, because as we like to say around here: "It's All About Extremes."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle at toncatcher’s 2. Amber color. Malty buttery melanoidins. Sweet. Low carbonation. Very good. Easy to drink. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is plum, alcohol, toffee, bubblegum, dried fruit. Taste is light fruit, alcohol, dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle at Toncatchers. A big thanks to Dennis for this one. Brown pour with a small off-white head. The nose was big and bold with earthy nuts and a dried fruits. The flavor was also big--with toffee, hazelnuts, almonds, fresh and dried fruits, oak, vanilla and caramel. The palate was full and smooth. Overall: Clearly the best BW of the night! I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Toncatchers 2. Malt and yeast on the nose. Very even scent. Super hazy orange with almost no lace. Taste is warm and smooth. Vanilla, malt, and dark fruit. Subtle. I liked this one better than the 01. Thanks Dennis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle shared at toncatchers "nothing sour, nothing hoppy" tasting. I thought this one was the best BW of the night. I liked the raisin fig and sugars in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle at Toncatcher’s. Glad Dennis finally got to open this, as he’s wanted to open for the last 10 tastings. Pours orangey amber brown with no head. Sweet, malty nose. Taste is sweet malty and big, nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
i must say this one has aged well,better than any of the "newport storms" i have had.nice notes of cherry,cotton candy,brown sugar,and dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Sampled today. Soft caramelly Flavors with a very nice, pleasant burnt sugar theme riding through. The color here was a dark golden and the nose of aged caramel. The mouthfeel was delicate and fluffy. Sorry for the loss of words, feel free to give me another sample for a re-rate. Thanks, Jorge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3910) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bomber from puzzl (Aug 2007 trade) Guess it is really well aged now! Nose is very oaky woodiness, raisins, and prunes. Hazy dark amber with a very small beige head. Flavor is a lot of prunes and raisins and very woody. Very smooth with no hint of the 100IBUs in the finish of lightly sweet dark fruit. Would have loved to try this fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Vintage 2002 bottle sampled in 2007. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Very oxidized but there are some good qualities still. Alcohol latent dark fruit plum, citrus, and some faint floral hops in the background. Lightly viscous body but still somehow thin and salty. not bad.

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