mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, O’Brien’s. 2001 vintage. Deep amber/ruby pour. Strong syrupy aroma of hoppiness along with alot of maltiness. Deep dark fruity flavors, domininated by raisins and tobacco. Very rich and bold. Somewhat bitter finish. Warming going down. Only a slight hint of alcohol.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a nooner on tap@O’Brien’s: 2001 vintage brewed by Tom Nickel. Clear dark brown color with just a wisp of off-white foam. Rich dark fruit floral aroma. Rich dark fruit start with sweet cherry, a touch of molassas and a little alcohol. Finish is smooth and semi-dry with a light grapefriut rind bitterness. Full bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation.
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at O’Brien’s. Board said it was 2001 vintage. Lots of Dark Fruit aroma atop this brown pour with not much head. Raisin and caramel gave a very promissing start. Flavor fell off a bit though. Malty and still hints of raisin and molassas and other dark fruits, but a bit of bandage and some bitterness that seemed unfitting. Hoppiness is probally less than it was in 2001. Maybe it should have been finished a year or so ago.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2005 PP Strong Ale Fest. Coppery pour, with ruddy orange notes. Dark fruity aroma with some must and alcohol. Big fruity malty flavors, touch of rasins, a little bready, and a lot of alcohol. Sweet and syrupy and a bit cloying.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: 2002 Vintage Hazy brown with an orange tint and off-white head. Fruity aroma with raisins, malt and dough. Huge malty sweetness in the flavor. More dark fruit and nice aged malt. Very warming. Dry bitter bitter finish. Full bodied and syrupy.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage. Draft. Ruddy orange amber, small white head. Dusty malt and toastiness in the aroma. Apple cider and astringent orange peel flavor. Alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, fairly hot.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
02.19.05-02.20.05 2002 on tap at Toronado BWF. Lightly clouded tea color/amber, pale. Caramel on nose, floral, amarillo. Thick and sweet palate seems just right for a masive barleywine. Huge hops are tingly, especially for a three year old beer. Citrus. I loved this one and suggested it to late comers all day sunday.
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled draught at O’Briens, San Diego.
Clear brownish amber. Pine needle aroma. Flowery and very syrupy. Loads of soft malt, molasses and alcohol. Salty finish with a good punch of vodka.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at O’Briens in SD. Poured slightly hazy mahogany color with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, maple syrup, piney hops and a mustiness that’s just kind of weird. Flavor is sweet and syrupy, definite hoppy notes with a big alcohol burn and hints of turpentine. Thick body and flat slightly cloying mouthfeel.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What was I drinking compared to the rest of the people rating this. Draft at O’brien’s, after I finished the beer, I was thinking this could be a world classic. Appearence was like a darker version of Hop15. Kind of like a rusty color. Aroma was amazing. Smelled like purple grape juice with ripe red berries. Taste was that ripe to rotten fig that I love so much in my barley wines. Along with that I tasted grape juice, some caramel, some molasses, chocolate, and a little bit of smokiness. Palate was a little syrupy. Very little carbonation and no head. I kept smacking my licks after each sip. I had it once before about six months ago. It seemed much stronger then. I wonder if this is the same batch that has benefited from more ageing. It's much better now. The 15% alcahol was very well hidden. I still think this could be a classic.