DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color. Had a sweet and malty aroma. Very malty sweet flavor with a medium hopping. Basically it is just a bold syrupy malty flavor.
Enjoyable but the flavor could have been better. Maybe aging, or increasing the hops. A little unbalanced. I really enjoyed the alcohol induced warming effect that it had on my stomach.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Redish brown body. Floral, sugary sweet aroma. Super hoppy flavor, citrusy and spicy. Too hop heavy for a barleywine, but not bad.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002: Deep brownish red with a fairly large head. Malty (like cookies) aroma with hints of peaches? This starts malty with a nice bitterness. Very thick and sweet. A little like cherry cough syrup. The bitteness got a little harsh as it warmed.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark amber appearance with a beige tight bubbled head. At first it tastes like a Big Foot but then it gives way much more quickly with a smoother hop and less of a sweet malt. Wonderful, silky mouthfeel. The beer may be designed for sipping, but as a barley wine loving hophead I will gulp this one thank you.
As it warms towards the end this beer becames an even more complex and compelling balance of malt and hops. The start may not be as exciting as Big Foot, but the end is more satisfying.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fanf*#@ingtastic; hoopy aroma, never got it out of the glass to look at it; complex taste of carmel, chocolate and coffee Starbuck's take heed; a special gift by a real revolutionary.
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 2001: Hazy, cloudy, chunky brown amber with a thin lid of tan bubbles. Heavy sweet aroma with dates and mild citrus. Hints of alcohol and heavy hops waft up as it warms. Initial sweetness taken back quickly by a sharp hops acidity. About 2 minutes after the sip, a small amount of malt comes back, but way to late.
OldGrowth (3240) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle: Carmel with ouzo. Hazy orange brown color. Chocolate, roasted coffee, and grapefruit. Thick and chewy. I'm diggin it.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally found a couple of bottles and this may be the most bitter beer I've had, which is good. Alcohol is well hidden and the hops are intense. Hints of malt but the hops kill the other flavors.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer poured very dark and had a moderate head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma was somewhat complex and I couldn't tell anything particular in the smell. The taste was very strong and difficult to drink at first, but you become accustomed to it quickly. With the alcohol content, it shouldn't be hard to drink several of these if you can get past the first one. Not at all pleasing at first, but it doesn't matter much after that.
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.