jaymobrown (1710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 sample. Strong, strong alcohol and caramel flavors. Terrific nose with an amazing array of malt flavors from caramel, chocolate and leather. Nice hop balance. I would like to get another just to smell it.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 2001 sampled 4/12/03-
Amazing nose of rich, fresh malts, Chocolate truffle desserts, Walnut and liquor drizzled over a caramel coated brownie. Massive globs of melted malted chocolate balls dipped in sweet coffee liqueur with an extra dip into a massively hoppy IPA. Thats only the nose! The sweet, thick and rich malts are full of heavy flavor, hiding most of the alcohol until it gets halfway to your stomach! Hops are swimming throughout and present themselves at the end in a wonderful finish. I will be racing back to the store to pick up the other 2001's on the shelf!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely another in a line of beautiful barleywine's..but i'd be lying if i didnt admit that the 11.4% ABV here took me completely off guard! This one pours a decently cloudy brown with medium to active carbonation levels out of the bottle. The aroma is definitely active with grapes, cranberry juice, peaches, alcohol, purified water, vanilla, almonds and sweet malts apparent. The taste is much of the same as bitter acetic peaches and sweet caramel and vanilla malts caress the palate and balance each other nicely. Definite alcohol bitterness yet somehow no alcohol til the aftertaste...somewhat hard to describe. Something of a wood feel, and nice mouthfeel..definitely expensive but worth it!
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
With the ABV as high as it is, this is one drinkable brew, in fact it slides down like ice tea. This is one Great Barley Wine
boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle: Somewhat cloudy amber in color. Very little head, which lingered a little bit. A bit of sweetness and alcohol in the nose. Sweet taste, with the alcohol well hidden. Subtle hops in the background. A very good barley wine. Too bad I don't have any to put down, this should age well.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Bottle: Hazy dark amber brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel with a hint of brandy. Flavor: Start is rich and sweet with hints of orange and peach, middle is lightly bitter, finish is smooth and slightly dry.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had the 00 version of this finely crafted brew. Ruby red, rusty brown color with a slight browning of the nice sized head. Mild burnt, black brandy smell, licorice, and soco tastes. Well blended potency of these strong licorice and alchohol flavors, could even be along the jager line.
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol (reminds me of carmel). Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. I'll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Had this at the Bon Vivant Beer Lovers Club on 3-28-03. This was the treat of the tasting, in my opinion. 2002 vintage. Beautiful rusty copper in color. Light tan head. Malt and alcohol in the nose but with a definite sweetness present. Wonderful taste on the mouth with toffee, malts, little hops, semisweet chocolate, coriander and alcohol in this beefy beer. Finishes as smooth as a baby's bottom. Got six I will age. Let's hope this ages even better.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on tap, very nice. very very dark. great abv. malts definitely dominate this beer, but time to time that's good.