Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle. Translucent brown color, lost the head quickly. Spiced rum-like nose. Slightly sweet taste although very smooth. Has that warming effect. I don't really taste the hops.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A reddish/brown pour w/ a quickly dissipating yellow/tan head. The alcohol is completely disguised by a slightly sweet taste, a flavor almost like a dessert wine. This is a Sipping Beer, Period. Lovely
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Second only to Fuller's 1999 in my opinion. Small but rich head, distinctive and strong aroma, very dark and almost black. Very malty taste, bitter but not to any extreme, Absolutely amazing brew.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost brown, slightly cloudy and dissipating head. Malt dominates for me in aroma and flavor. Decent hopping but not over the top. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Still a slight alcohol flavor but its barely notioceable. Also some raisiny notes as well. I'm saving several of these.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
How can you not love a barely wine?? I don ot know if it is the bottle of the label but i thought: "what could this give me?" And then a little cloudy though, with very dissapointing head. BUT...the taste makes up for it all with smoothness and finish. Very easy to drink, enjoyable to swallow.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/26/03: bottle. nice color gradation, from orange to red to brown. good amount of head, which diminishes to a fair size ring of bubbles. hoppy and malty. a trace of alcohol is noted in the aftertaste. another great bottle label. (2002)
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red body with a thick tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should, malty and hops. Lots of hops.
Well balanced taste of malt/hop considering the youth of this beer. Satisfying, full body. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the finish.
Very smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation to liven up this big beer.
One of the better barleywines I've had so far...
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a nice deep red amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that subsided quickly and left a small amount of lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt and fruit with some of the alcohol present as well. Not bad for a barleywine, but probably could use some cellaring.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red, with little head or lacing - appearance is actually quite still, but first few sips are quite carbonated. There is such a nice malt presence here - dark and fruity and chewy with an almost "burnt" sweetness. Of course it's backed up with a wonderfully balanced hop. The big flavors are cherry and toffe, soaked in a bit of unknown liquor. Now, just try to lay some of this down for a year without touching it - maybe keep it in your parent's basement under lock and key....