bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep copper color with a small head. Has a aroma of maple syrup and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol dominant with hints of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage, consumed 1/26/04. Really nice vinious/brandyish aroma, hint of hops and slcohol as well. This is really a beautiful aroma. Good juicy malt, that's perhaps a bit sticky sweet. A bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Nicely structured, good barleywine.
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good barleywine (I'm not a huge fan of the style). Reminded me a little of Dogfish Head Raison D'tre. Smooth sweet alcohol flavor going down. (2003)
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that was aged. 2002. Deep copper in color, with a huge thick head. nice aroma of maple. Well made and impressive beer. I really liked it.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Perfect appearance. deep mahogany with huge thick tan head, and clear. Aroma of maple, raisin, and alcohol. Super rich malty flavor, where the alcohol bite is kept in the background. Flavors include Maple and raisin, with a slight alcohol bite finish. This is one well made and impressive brew.
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 Bottle. I'm not sure what makes a beer young. I also don't know why people thought this beer was amber colored. It looked like a deep ruby color to me. It smelled malty, tasted like brown sugar and alcohol. To me it tasted like an average barley wine. Nothing special about this beer, except the high alcohol content.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. This stuff was young, but the potential was apparent ... and it was still delicious regardless. Nice chewy malt tones in the appearance and flavor. Some residual sweetness but excellent hop presence. Slightly more balanced towards the malt and maybe a wee bit underhopped as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Noneltheless, I would definitely drink more and I look forward to aging a few.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, with a small amount of tan head, nice fine lacing. Aroma is dominated by malt and alcohol. Lot of malt in this one, and the hops complement it rather than jumping into the forefront. Alcohol is less noticeable on the palate than it is in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep amber, off white head. nice aroma of malty dried fruit, cherries, caramel and alcohol. big malty front with lots of dried fruit. sticky sweet mouthfeel. finishes boozy and warming. very nice.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 version, wow, I like this ale! Bottle, poured brown with garnet highlights and a generous, creamy, tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is rich, almost brandy-like, lots of sweet fruit scents, prunes, raisins, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is every bit as rich as the aroma. Sweet, thick and fruity, dark roasted malts, some yeast like a brandy soaked fruit cake and a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, thick, smooth and mildly carbonated. I'm looking forward to what this one will taste like with a year or two of aging.