ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, small biege head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar, spices, dark dried fruit, caramel and oily alcohol. Flavour of raisin, spices, burnt sugar, caramel with an alcoholic bite. Long sweet and fruity finish. Beautiful stuff!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage, bottle pours a deep red-amber with a very small off-white head that does not last and thin lace sheets that slide down into the ale. The aroma is sweet and brandy like. The flavor is malty, sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. The palate is smooth and rich. Overall, a very fine Barley Wine!
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of brandy. Very nice complex flavor, full of caramel, malt, brandy and fruit tones. Nice warm feel. One of my favorites.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 Bottle)Enjoyed after another big WVU win on Saturday. Deep red and brown colors, thick off white head. Had this one at cellar temp. Hops and malt play off each other for a rich and very smooth experience. Dark fruits, cherry, toffee, and caramel dominate, but even this 2002 vintage still has enough hops to hit on the backside. At $2 a bottle, I'm going back to the store to clean off the shelves! This ages extremely well, and would love to see what happens in another year with this batch. Can it get better? Time will tell.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2002 bottle) Deep brown with very little head. Warm alcohol/brandy aroma. Sweet, warm malt flavor with hints of cherry and apricot. Enough hops for balance.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep cherry/raisins/malt, full aroma. Dark mahogany red color with full tan head and lasting lacing. Flavor is complex and strong! Definite alcohol presence and lots of malt. Full rich mouth feel that is very satisfying. A very warm silky flow across the palate. If you get a chance to try this beer, and I highly recommend that you do, especially if you like a good barley wine, you will not be disappointed...First Rate!
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Bottle - Pours a dark brown with a thick beige head and good lacing. Aroma and flavor are full of alcohol and malt with some ripened fruit tones.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy ruby body. Ripe, tart and strong! Soft, luscious front, ripe berries and plenty of alcohol. a solid barleywine, I'll probably hang on to a couple for a year or two, it would be well worth the modest price tag (something like $8.99/4)
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloying sweet and rich Barley Wine, bananas,tropical fruits, and a superb complexity. Taste the flavours blossom as this reaches cellar temperature, rich sweet malts abound here, hops resonate above a creamy full alcohol burst.ahh Winter is coming and this BW will keep you happy on many a Winter's night 2002 Highly Recommended</>