fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 Strong brandy/fruity aroma that had me expecting greatness. The beer is good, but not in the league of Third Coast Old Ale or Behemoth by any means. Fruity malt that develops into a sort of burnt caramel finish. This huge beer is amazingly well balanced, as none of the alcohol seems to come through in an overwhelming manner. However, the flavor of the finish was just a bit off. Better as it warms, and hopefully even better with another year or two under its belt. Time will tell.
Retaste, 2/10: Headless and pours thick after over seven years in the cellar. Sweet caramel malt with banana fruit undertones has held its own over that time, finish is smoother and alcohol is covered well, a bit of residual sugar lingers with a hint of smokiness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another great solid brew from the folks that brought us Rasputin Imperial! Very flavorful, but a tad cloying in its sweetness.
Davhgbrew (843) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, almost brown color with a large creamy off white head. The aroma is very sweet/malty with slight alcohol and bready. Palate is thick,smooth and creamy. The hops in the middle smooth out the initial sip, and the it finishes crisp(compared to the other barley wines Iíve had,) and isnít too sweet which I love. The 11.4 abv% is well masked. I would describe this one as a good introductory barley wine. Very nice.
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2001: Oh man... the feel is incredible. Very soft, light effervescence with brandy flavors suggesting dark cherry, maybe a bit of straw. Warming for certain. A touch of phenols enhance the experience. The finish is easy, soft fruit despite the obvious helping of hops. Perhaps it gets more aromatic with age. Improves not only with warmth but airing. Iím going back for more...
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 2000: Wow! What a unique aroma. Delicate fruity hops, tropical fruits (at warmer temp),pepper, rich caramel, figs, brandy?, brown sugar, fruitcake, alcohol, and toffee. Very enticing and sweet. Attractive creamy lace with excellent stick power. The palate hits you so elegantly, yet with a simultaneous aggressive syrupy tinge and round creaminess. The high gravity is highly involved in this highly distinguishable palate. Grainy texture adds just another extent to the palate. Flavors of raisins and caramel. Finishes long and sticky. An hour and a half later: far stickier, creamier, and a longer finish with coffee being introduced and caramel becoming much more pronounced. This is clearly centered around the luscious malts; becoming more slick and luscious toward the end of the glass. A multi-dimensional wonder and possibly the best (dessert) barleywine in which I have imbibed. Why age this stuff? (other than to subdue the brash alcohol) It is in its prime!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice big tan head. Rich Caramel color. This has a great sweet smooth taste with a good amount of hops. Despite the high alcohol content I notice no alcohol flavor or aroma.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is some high octane stuff. Body is just a little less thick, not thin, but just less thick than I like in a high gravity beer. Alcohol and sweetness on the finish.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice malty presentation. Light head and aroma. Hops do not predominant. A smooth brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 - Aroma is initially very malty, as it warms the alcohol burns the nose. Small thick head that gradually diminishes. Caramel and toffee sweetness in the flavor. Slightly cloying mouth feel. Finishes fairly dry, with a slight warming alcohol. As it warms, the hops come out a bit more in the flavor and finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001: Not too lively on the pour, scarlet red color. One quick whiff tells me this is a barley wine with lots of malt oozing from the bottle, plum/ raisin fruitiness and no real hoppiness. Relatively light but oily palate slips through pretty easily. Sweet red apple flavors, a little white wine-ish. Slight woody notes towards the end while a little hop bitterness just sours lightly in the finish. Rounds out a little syrupy and fruity. Not crazy about this one but I have 3 more and will check it out again in a few months.