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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2008
btl by Ross. Medium brown hazed pour. Deep brown sugar and lite citrus hops. Super sweet with a light to medium bitter. Med/full bodied with light carbonation. Very solid beer. thanks Ross

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Thanks to Ross for sharing this rare one! Pours a clear brown with an off-white head. Complex aroma that speaks of dark dried fruits, vanilla with a molasses base. The flavor is complex and follows the aroma nicely. Smooth, full bodied, and and excellent sipper. One of the better ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Bottle shared by Ross. Poured a hazed orange with an off-white head that has some lasting and light lacing. Molasses aroma with a slight fruity background. Sweet flavor of brown sugar with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Medium body, smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle from Tom which he traded me before he moved down here. Thanks Tom. I have drank this one before but I was really hammered and couldnt get a rating from it. So now, I opened my own bottle and got a good sample and thank God - wasnt hammered. Pours out an orange color with a nice white head on it. Smell is full of vanilla, oak, sugars, and surprisingly, a little bit of hops. The taste is smooth and rich, very easy to drink - hops are faded from the taste but still somewhat present in the nose. Very interesting. Not over the top as it probably was when it was first produced. This is a killer beer, one of my favorites of the evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle shared by Ross at my Oxidationfest 1.0 tasting. Thanks Ross, I have been bugging you about this for a long time. Pours an orange amber with a small off white head. Nice, but typical barley wine aroma of fruity esters, cherry, alcohol and sugary malts. Medium to full bodied, bordering on a rich texture. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Some sherry notes that have crept in, but works with this beer. Finish is warming, but alcohol is tame considering the ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Oxidationfest Tasting at illinsmittys curtesy of ross. Nice barlywine. Very mellow but still has apparent alcohol. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Pours a burnt orange with wispy thin light tan head. Sweet flavor, honey, caramel. Very good barleywine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Murky brown with creamy ivory edging. Nose is caramel, blackberry and apple. Wonderfully spicy and complex. Medium light, but saturated, with a faint tingle. Taste is dark berries, maple and melon with a slightly bitter, grassy finish. A finely mellowed sipper. Thanks to Alldaydrinker for this oldie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours dark reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells like it is very aged and mellowed with fruity malt and oxidation. Taste is sweet, creamy blended malt and subdued hops which have succumbed to the aging process. Melded and oxidized into an average smooth fruity caramel flavor without much excitement. A bit thin too. Just so-so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2008
A vigorous pour produces a fat-one-finger thick, frothy, tan colored head. The beer is a dark cherry stained color, but shows a clear, cranberry stained, copper color when held up to the light. Rich, oxidized malt aromatics are by far the most noticeable thing in the nose; sherry, fruity port, some musty cardboard, oxidized caramel and a rich nuttiness. After sitting for a bit some aromas of maraschino cherries, brandy and raisins become noticeable.

Lightly carbonated, which causes this to have a very creamy texture, especially when coupled with the thick, viscous body that this brew naturally has. Upfront sweet flavors of dates, raisins and prunes mix in the finish with a light spice character reminiscent of cardamom and liquorice. Has a slightly woody taste to it towards the finish almost like a tannic, spicy oak flavor (much of this seems attributable to the oxidation influence). Brandy flavors meld with oxidation driven sherry notes and some touches of port-wine. A slight note of menthol and herbs as well as a lightish, though noticeable and lingering bitterness in the finish are what is left of the hop character. The oxidation really accents an interesting spiciness in this beer, I almost think that some of this spiciness is some residual hop flavor (which makes some sense to me). Actually this spiciness is definitely hop derived as it becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Really it is surprising how hoppy this beer really still is (you really need to let it warm & open up first though), spicy and lightly herbal with a significant (though not dominant) hop presence.

A bit too oxidized in the nose, but the oxidation adds to the complexity and isn’t overly cardboard like in the flavor. This beer is still doing pretty well, though I would guess it is on the downward part of the slope. It should last for quite a few more years, but I am glad I drank my only bottle now. Definitely an enjoyable beer to spend an evening with; it is one of those beers that grows on me more and more as I work my way through the bottle.

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