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 (2233) - 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 (680) - 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 (354) - 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</>
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 I did not like this beer. Although I appreciate its complexity, it was too much like drinking hard alcohol. I usually like high alcohol beers, especially barley wines, but this ale did not attempt to mask the alc at all. Try Old Horizontal or Hair of the Dog Fred for a GOOD barley wine.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002, couldn't wait any longer. Deep coppery brown, little head, nice legs clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some apricots. Great, thick mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Flavor was a very focused, with an emphasis on pure sweet maltiness, with some trail mix undertones, minus the salt. A touch of bitterness to balance on the finish, and an armagnac tinged warmth of alcohol. Very nice, but a touch one dimensional in a way, there wasn't any complex layering of flavors I would have hoped for. But still a wonderful display of the ingredients used.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a serious put you ass down first impression. Yeasty and malty to begin with, with a slight hops presense throughout. Very oily taste to it, and an aftertaste thats delectibly sweet. From and 2002 bottle, which I must go get some to let age.