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 (1093) - 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.
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a nice white head. Hoppy fruity aroma. Good Dry fruit hop flavor with a hint of fruit esters. Alcohol is evident in flavor. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Good Finish.
JorisPPattyn (8124) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark chestnut. Virtually no head – whatever is there, is brownish. Nose of brown candi sugar and patchouli (!??!), later hops and (sorry!) seaweed. Taste is very malty, a few sweet, and a lot roasted/bitter malts. Hops, too, not very noble or subtle. After a while, the bitterness gets medicinal (quinine-like) in character. Chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is there, but masked. Bittereffect just goes on and on. But I’m missing some – any – refinement. I’ve had better in this style. This just hopes to punch.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2003 Hazy deep amber-brown. Small moca head. Rich sweet aroma typical of barley wine. Flavor starts tangy, rich and sweet followed by a nice hop bite and finishing dry and hoppy with a long mouth watering bitter aftertaste.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color, so much so that light barely passes through it. Not much as far as head goes on this one. Smell is the sweet, somewhat typical aroma of barley wine. Nice bite on this one initally. Much like the rogue imperial stout in that respect, however this diminishes much quicker. Which is where the malts and hops fill in. Rather nice flavor from the malts that leads into the hopy finish.
sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 tasted in Apr 2003. Red w/ small orangeish, tan head. When held up to light it appears cloudy (can see tiny particles suspended --after all it is unfiltered). Aroma is hoppy w/ slight citrus. Big, bitter bite w/ just a tinge of citrus; the bitterness is the taste that lasts. Can taste and feel the high alcohol content. A long hoppy/bitter finish. Definitely big.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful ruby red color with a smallish tan head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly fruity. Flavor is very bitter throughout, with decent amount of malt and some caramel notes. Way too bitter for me, not well balanced. But still an interesting brew to try.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 2003
rated from krustyburger2
Dark ruby red with a thin tan head. Some lacing.
Smells very hoppy and sweet.
Very bitter. Alcohol is very strong too. Sweetness and hops should mellow well together.
Very rich and thick on the tongue.
6/10, 5/5, 5/10, 3/5, 15/20 = 3.4
2002 resample (10/2003)
Dark ruby red body with a nice light tan head. No lacing.
Malty and clean aromas. Raisin/plum aromas as the beer warms.
Sweetness from malt and a still large whallop of hop flavor. Alcohol and hops have mellowed but still not mellow. Sweet.
Big body and big mouth feel. Glad I have a few more in the cellar.
6/10, 5/5, 6/10, 3/5, 16/20 = 3.6
TheBeerGod (5408) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 1998 vintage. Empties a dark hazy brown with almost no head. The first scent I recognize is of mocha and some hoppiness. This has a definite bitterness in the mouth with some malt sweetness and some yeastiness. Dry long coffee-like finish with a slightly sour aftertaste. Recommended.