NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not nearly as good as the Widmer Brother’s Winter Nakt, but this beer has a lot of charecter that is hard to place . . . there is almost something minty about it, and then there is a dry aftertaste, and some wierd roast/pinaple flavour. Honestly, there are quite a few off-flavours that I am having difficulty pinpointing, and some of them detract from the purity and peacefullness expected to acompany the season - it is too busy; too party-like to really be a winter ale. It’s still a great beer, I just don’t think it’s appropriate for Winter - maybe closer to spring, when the weather picks up a bit.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 Rich and cozy brew. Toasty, nutty and chocolaty malts complemented by a zingy hop bite in the finish. Hop flavors of grass and grapefruit. Mild toffee-like sweetness at its core. Subtle aromas of smoke, spices and coffee in the background. Bold bitterness builds with time.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
ONe of my favorite dark beers, definatly for the winter. 7% keeps you warm after a few.
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
When i bought this, the bottle said ale, but when i drank the first sip, my tongue said Stout. Really was not a fan of this at all, just a little to dark.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Clear rye. Quick light tan head. Full of malt goodness in both departments and fruity, slightly spicy undertones from the Goldings. Big malt attack at the end with lingering sugared malts and dark fruits. A malt monster and quite the change of pace.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I expected more, but was unaware this was a barley wine until know, that expains why it was stronger a piece of steel. This is my gavorite label of all time.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i gather this one is too strong to be a scotch ale, but why not a ’wee heavy’ or 90 schilling? anyway, it’s dark auburn, pantone 1685, rosewood like the back of an old gibson acoustic guitar. i love the peat-malty butterscotch, vanilla aroma. nice brown buttery english muffin taste; good body, the east kent goldings stretching out across the finish line. i’d enjoy it with a maccanudo rubusto (if i had one. sigh...)
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep anber-brwon colour, sweet candy malt aroma. Flavour: figs, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. yummy.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unimpressive. Barleywine or not this was one of the weakest holiday offerings i have had. Watered down, slightly hoppy and spicy tastes, really boring. There is some flavor but not much.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Very dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor of malt, berries, alcohol and hops.