mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
it seems people love this beer or theyíre iffy on it. Iím one of the lovers. í98 bottling: pours deep, slightly hazy red. a thin ring of bubbles is all the head there is. aroma of slight herbs, berries(raspberries?) and chocolate. big flavours of raisins, more berries and brown sugar with a good dose of hops. not quite as hoppy as I remember the í99 or í00 being, mind you. still a very tasty brew.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Dark brown in color. A bit of citrus in the nose. Some earthy malt with harsh alcohol heat. Not one of their better beers.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a big fan of bitter beers so you can guess i liked this one. almost overwhelming bitterness. it was a bottle of 1997. i slowly began liking bitters by starting off drinking IPAía and then moving to english bitters. If u love english bitters u will like this brew/ no doubt.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001 bottle - sharp and harsh. The malts are roasty but sweet with a strong cherry flavor. The IBU is strong - 120 - but unsatisfying. Any hope of balance is gone - I would expect this in an IPA, but not barleywine. Call me unimpressed.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Mine looked great, unlike the bottles of other reviewers ... clear reddish golden with a huge pumpkin colored, coffee colored head. Maybe too much of everything? Really sweet and fruity, kept in balance by being really, really hoppy. Really high in alcohol kept in balance by being really, really malty. With too much of everything I had expected it to be bigger on the palate than it was. At first I thought that I liked it, but could not say I loved it. Clearly there is indeed a point of diminishing returns on hops. 120 IBU is well past it. I thought about it and lowered my rating of the beer. I decided that the beer is much better than its taste. Itís well made and itís an interesting idea. But I donít enjoy drinking it. I did not finish the first one and I cannot imagine wanting another. In the end Iíd probably go for something boring like a Heineken or a diet Coke instead.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
120 IBU! Gooba!
Strong fruity and resiny hop aroma. Deep dark red color with med tan head. Short retention, med lacing. Strong fruity and caramel malt sweetness up front. Some spicy and resiny hop flavors and a very strong puckering bitter finish. Yea, thats 120 IBUs. Super hopped, yet surprisingly balanced. Mandatory sipping.
document (36) - USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 bottling, opened just now. First sip -- whoa, this beer is awesome! It does indeed remind one of cognac. Highly aromatic. Large doses of the grapefruit rind in the finish, fronting a big pile of malt. In the mouth itís bittersweet, with a feeling and aroma of thick honey to the sweetness. Alcohol stays hidden for about half the glass, then starts to come through. Out of the ordinary for a barley wine, and I want more.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big malt nose with a solid hop foundation. Almost an overwhelming sweetness to this one. A little thin in the body.I think this could have stood some aging to mellow and balance everything out.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 1999 edition, sampled in 2002: Muddy brown lurking swampiness..
completely no head whatsoever..Cherry twizzler aroma with a shot of alcohol..
Cocoa covered alcohol balls..faint cherry..definite orange rind...warming..
Super hoppy finish with a creamy grapefruit rind aftertate
Re-Rate 2002 edition: fresh, hoppy, whoa goodness..uppin da shizzies..
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smelled and tasted like it should have a big body but didnít, ended up tasting watery as a result. Little head. Potent, mildly flavored. Hint of coffee-type esters?