Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle. Hopped up anise caramel flavor. Very dark red-ruby color. Great lacing. This truly is a "big" beer- malts, hops. Thick, chewy. I need to age some and try again.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 4/5/03: bottle.
full ruby-brown in color. no lacing. nice strong aroma which includes alcohol and malt. big flavor, with alcohol, malt and some floral.
10/18/03: need to add that this beer is also very hoppy! i think that this time i might rate it: 6,3,7,3,16 = 3.5 still very good overall.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 1997 Vintage. Cloudy, dark brown. Very low carbonation & almost no head. Robust aroma of caramel, raisins, & mellow hops. Full bodied, chewy, oily, buttery feel. Smooth, mature flavour of caramel, dark fruit, & hops w/ an intense, bitter, warm, peppery, finish.
Aroma 7; Appearance 3; Palate 5; Flavor 8; Overall Impression 16; Score 3.9.
1999 Vintage. Murky dark brown w/ slight swirls of foam. Alcohol coats the side of the glass. Fruity, floral, caramel nose. Thick, chewy feel. Lots of malt & lots of bitterness--lots of bitterness. Otherwise some notes molasses, caramel, raisin, chocolate, & orange(?).
Aroma 8; Appearance 3; Flavor 8; Palate 3; Overall Impression 15; Score 3.7.
2003 Vintage. Cloudy, dark brown. Thin, light brown head. Low-medium carbonation. Fresh, malty & hoppy nose of citrus, apple, & caramel. Full-bodied but a little too fizzy for style. Very sweet, almost cloying caramel flavour w/ a mild acidity. Lingering, very bitter, warm, peppery finish. The beer is very young & needs to mature. Flavors are still too harsh.
Aroma 7; Appearance 3; Flavor 7; Palate 3; Overall Impression 15; Score 3.5.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle. Dark ruby color with a half way decent head. This was a sweet dark fruit malt goodness. It had a tiny bit of hop finish. A good rendition of barley wine.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage. Unfiltered, nice dark amber color, appropriate head. Nice barleywine--most noticeable characteristic is the high hopping level (120 IBU's), which lingers on in the finish.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Batch. 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours out a deep red- copper color. No head at all. Slight ring of bubbles around rim of glass. Very aromatic, smells of dried fruit, caramel, leather, and hops. Centennial hops make their presence well known, even before the first sip. Definite Chinook hops finish to it. Piney, resinous, but not citrusy at all. Coats the old tongue quite well, thank you. Syrupy and thick on the palate. Still young and grassy, and needs aged for at least 2 or 3 years before it'll be ready to fully enjoy.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Vintage. Dark amber/brown with a small beige head. Sweet candy like aroma. Flavor of caramel malt and HOPS! Very hoppy and bitter,
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
2001 bottle. A reddish color with a small off-white head. Aroma of English hops, port wine, and a slight amine. Not a good sign. The hop bitterness is at the front with some sweet malt in the background to give it a chewy feeling, but the more I drink this the more an amine flavor comes out. I think this is still green and I do not think it will change with age as the unpleasant taste will always be there.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle. Pour is deep hazy mahogany, thick bubbly tan head, mostly diminishing to leave a little lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity, vinous, hints of alcohol. Flavor is strongly sweet, chewy maltiness, and then come a brutal hop attack that would probably make most wince. Body is full, alcohol becomes more present as it warms up.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a thick, syrupy, hazy, dark brown/mohagany; very little head but nice lacing. Nose is of intense malt, hop, light caramel, yeast, alcohol,a and a faint whiff of chocolate. First taste is intensly bitter and roasty, but not Irish stout roasty. The malts definitely are not dominant in this one, at least not for now. Caramel does have a little to say about the flavor of things, but not much at this point. It's fairly well balanced, but it is definitely toward the bitter with a hop flavored finish. Very full bodied and slightly astringent from the amount of hops used. Carbonation is on the lower end of the scale and it also has a alcohol kick in the mouthfeel. This is the first time I've had this and expected more from it, but I'd like to try it again after a few years of cellaring to see how it ages.