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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."


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle shared at the Cleveland Tasting. Had this one right after the 2001. I prefered the 01. This was flavored a bit differently. Still sweet. Some cherries, and bourbon flavor coming through. Sweet malts and brown sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle shared at a tasting provided generously by... me! A tasty brew and pretty well aged, but didn’t hit the heights of the 01 IMO. Big oxidized flavor, sherry, old grimy hops. A touch of sweetness. Mostly flat. A little licorice from the Maris Otter. Decently aged but boring.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle, thanks to puzzl. Golden / brown pour. Aroma is malty, a little pilsner like, and some fruit. The flavor is the same, some sweet caramel, and toffee. Another decent, but less than stellar brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
A tan head topped off a cloudy reddish/brown body. The aroma was basically sweet with notes of dried fruit, caramel, whiskey, and maple bacon. The taste starts off sweet then the alcohol kicks in and give that esophageal warmth in the swallow. Quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Thanks to Steve for breaking open this beer. Pours dark brown with almost no head to it. Very sweet complex aroma that reminded me of Sam Adams triple bock. Woody and chocolaty flavors up front, hints of port, plum, and a touch of oxidation. Like a triple bock, but lightened up on the palate, a bit flat. I really enjoyed this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5101) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Thanks for sharing iowaherkeye. The body was brownish and amber colored with no carbonation. The aroma was sweet caramel with some cherries. Lots of oxidation. The taste had some old shrry along with some cardboard. There was hints of leather and some clove that came off in a bad way. This was past it’s prime.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
bottle shared by Iowaherkeye, thanks Joey. poured a slightly cloudy medium amber with no head or lacing. had a sweet caramel aroma but unfortunately this bottle was pretty flat and past its prime. flavor was mostly cardboard but did have some malt and a bit of dark fruit lurking around.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Poured a hazy amber color with no head. The aroma had oxidized shrry notes. Also sweet sugary malt with some dark fruit. The flavor had a sweet start then finished dry. Some dried fruit flavor. Woody and warming with some bitterness and alcohol pepper on the finish. Dry with a medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle as an extra from Clark, which was passed on after SuIIy brought a bottle over. Much thanks to the both of you. Medium brown, no head whatsoever. Cardboard was about all I could get from the aroma. Flavor loaded with caramel, residuel malts, faint raisin, not much else, but not cloying at all. Mouthfeel silky smooth. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Bottle, Thanks to notalush: Deep murky brownish amber pour with a tan head that diminishes to a consistent ring. Beautiful aroma full of berry-like fruitiness, toffee, fresh resins and wood. Flavor is extremely complex with lots of nice deep berry flavors as well as plums. Has some earthy elements like a peat hint and some smoke character. There’s also a solid back of malt which makes it a bit toffee-ish. Rich, smooth resins come out later towards the finish. Hops come through very nicely, especially for a five year old brew. A beautiful Barley Wine.


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