Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 2000 Bottle: Strongly alcoholic aroma, in fact alcohol is all I smell. It smells like a damn liquor drink. Well, now it smells like grapes, which is much more attractive. Dark, cloudy burgundy color. I had to pour it rather hard to get a head to form, which rapidly dissipated. Medium to thin body, very sweet, and leaves a nice aftertaste on your lips. No lacing, and I keep thinking I"m drinking some really hardcore grape juice, this is a very interesting barley wine. This is really good, though extremely sweet. I"ll have to find another bottle to try again.
2001 Bottle: The beer pours a dark and cloudy amber color with almost no head at all. What little head there is rapidly dissipates. The beer leaves no lacings on the side of the glass. The aroma is strongly alcoholic and grape-like with a nuttiness and malty sweetness evident. The flavor is strongly malty, with hints of vanilla and grapes. The finish is sweet and alcoholic. Quite a fantastic brew.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet and chock full of toffee. Flavor is smooth and rich, though not as vinous as the nose suggests. Lots of maple, sweet malts, and chocolate. Becomes toastier as it warms. Some bitters to balance the malts, but a bit too sweet for my tastes. Also seemed a mite thin in body, unexpected in an ale of this strength.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 GABF 2003: Brown sugar aftertaste. Up 0.2 from last year. On tap GABF 02: Sweet malty aroma, dark orange color. Smooth tasting and nicely balanced.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this barleywine was definately not my fav of the style-good peer nose, murky brown appearance, but the taste was oily and kind a hard to describe-very malty with little bitterhop bite-i perfer the hoppier barleywines such as hog heaven and bigfoot-this was not my thing
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost bright copper colored. Very thin head thats just a film over the top with some sticky lace. Nose is challenging, lots of bready malt, lots of other elements, just very understated, cherries, caramel, dirt, peach and others. Thick with the same huge/bready/dough malt I found in nose, underlying and soft flavors of sweet, dry fruit, alcohol esters, mildly syrupy in nature with molasses and caramel building in the finish. Hop presence is there but just an afterthought. This is huge stuff but its soo mellow and balanced. Alcohol is warming but not a distraction or a sore thumb. It adds character to this beauty. Reminds me of an aged harvest ale, not sure why but those are the memories this is invoking. Excuse my profanity but this is fucking delicious. If there was more of a head and I had a better sense of smell, I may have my "perfect 5" beer here. Thank you Trap!
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 retaste 1/15/2003. Have mellowed and gained complexity with age. Medium brown color, small head.Aroma is very malty. Very malty, full-bodied, full flavored ale. Very nice hop malt balance. Malts are sweet, roasted caramel. Mouthfeel is full, round and nearly chewy. Has a definite high alcohol taste to it (10.5%) Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter. Could use some bottle aging. North Coast recommends at least a year of bottle aging. Re-taste again in a year, that is if I have any left. Still have 2 bottles left in 2003. Need to buy some 2002 quick.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage -- Deep copper color with a lasting whispy head and strong sherry/alcohol notes in the nose. Very creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, fruit juice flavors that blend and balance better as the beer warms up. Finishes with strong sherry flavors and you can feel the alcohol. It seemed a little young and I look forward to trying it again next year.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Re-Rate:2001;This is great! Pours bigger head than expected that has formed a ring down to the last drop. Excellent,complex,malt profile is helped by the subtliness of the fuggles.Together they are a perfect blend.Excellent flavor.Alcohol hid for awhile but could not stay hidden.The alcohol burns the nose as it warms.My favorite usa english style BW.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Vintage. Deep hazy bronze color with a smallish head that doesnít stick around. Aromas of plum, alcohol, raisin, malt and hops. Enticing nose. Very vineous with flavors of tannic red grapes, prunes, soft malt and earthy hops all blending together superbly. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and the beer lets just enough of itself hang on your tongue after you swallow. Not even close to cloying. Finish is mildly bitter. Extremely good.