brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my second barley wine and I am most impressed. Pours brownish red with little head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with light alcohol in the background. Sweet and malty flavor, a little fruity. I can detect alcohol, but it is not obvious. There is moderate to low hoppiness. It leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. I find myself liking the beer more and more as I finish the glass (the alcohol speaking maybe).
PorterPounder (5758) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like a fine wine - aroma is malty, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel - almost have to slice it with a knife. Appearance is like dark freshly brewed tea. Flavor reminds me of fresh dates soaked in brandy. Heavy alcohol flavor is subtle at first but comes on a bit stronger near the end - but it does not ruin this masterpiece. Had the 2001 version. Thanks to Aurelius for this one - very impressive - and a great addition to bring my total to 300!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 2001 bottling. My intial impression of this one is not terribly favorable. The malt is tremendously complex: caramel, wine, pineapple and smoke. Unfortunately, it is not contained. Call in the hall monitor. Smack the children with the hop ruler. Still, rather memorable.
Update: Was soundly defeated in a head-to-head with Heavyweight Old Salty 2002.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage. gorgeous color, but too hazy to fully appreciate. pours with little head, dissipating quickly. awsome aromas of malt, frut and alcohol. mix of strong malt and hop flavors in almost perfect balance, with some astringency in the finish.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
superb beer but not for the weak of heart. extremly high alcohol content for a beer you can get at the grocery store. defintely one of the best beers iíve had.
sloth (2554) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity, piney aroma.Hazy amber color.Tan head that fades quickly.Full mouthfeel, kinda prickly on the tongue.Fruity flavors and alcohol evident. Finishes bitter but not overly.Think i will get some to lay down, i believe it would age fairly gracefully.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002. Aroma of raisin, molasses, vanilla, port. Strong alcohol but very well handled. Very tingly.
jazz88 (2572) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2001 vintage. A great color, deep mahogny, but the head was rather plain and flat. The aroma screams candy, fruits, alcohol, and sweet malts. Soft and smooth. A nice robust flavor.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding beer. Aroma is brandy like, Dark amber in color. Some fruit flavors, very malty, slightly sweet. Very strong, warms the mouth and stomach.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 2003 vintage pours a murky dark reddish brown with a small light brown head with large bubbles that leaves a thin lacing in my glass. Fruity plum, vanilla and grapefruit aromas, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate and nutty flavors. Full bodied with a full and thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side, alcohol well hidden, very nice.