tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 batch - Pours deep amber with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma of hops and alcoholic strength. Flavor was a decent hop + malt balance that covered up the alcohol well. It did have a tinny, metallic taste though that detracted from the flavor. Aftertaste was sharp hop bitterness. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but it will definitely get better with time.
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a nice reddish color, with a tan head. The aroma is great. I can't pinpoint what it is, but if it was food I would definately eat it. Flavor is strong and unique. It has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I cannot believe I found a 2000 case of this at my local distributer, and it only cost $50.00. It pours with a small tan head that developes only slightly in the first minute. Color is opaque burnt orange. The aroma is malty and sweet, and slightly metallic, which is why the lower rating in aroma. I might change this after cleaning the glass and sampling again. Taste is heavenly! Rich malts with a smokey presence. A nice fuzzy finish with hops at the end. Very much like a Fullers 99 but more smokey and heavy and not quite as fruity. An excellent beer!
Update: after cleaning my glass throughly and re-sampling the metallic taste has gone away. It now has a port wine and slight grape aroma, just fantastic.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 - Caramel and malt in the nose. Slightly sweet body which hides the alcohol quite well. Finishes to the sweet side.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one's a biggy. Heavy one the flavor and the alcohol. Has several flavors working for it at once, which not only masks the alcohol fairly well, but also gives it a more interesting finish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Great beer. So tasty and complex, while still somewhat masking of the alcohol. This wa s a great buy too, cheap. One of the reasons I love barleywine. ReRate 4-04, 2002 bottle: Great sweet, syrupy cherry aroma. Color is a great shade of red, almost like a fruit beer. Taste is very malty and sweet. Slight metallic stuff going on, but still a great beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. This is a great barley wine. Well hidden 11.4% abv. Flavor is sweet, slightly bitter, and malty. This Old Stock finishes clean, smooth and warming. Recommended.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.
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 (11897) - 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.