P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow intense. very sweet finish. dark burgundy, good hop bitterness. toffee, very intense overall, i’d like to see this one aged a bit
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very much to my style and liking. rich malts with plenty of hops and strength in all. Glad I have one that I can cellar if I can just manage.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 1999. Room temp. Thin dissipating head. Deep red, brown color. Malty nose and flavor. Dry finish. Strong alcohol bite. A nice product.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppier than most Barleywines (or at all of the Barleywines that I have dranken up to this point). Malty nose, sweet finish.
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 they’re iffy on it. I’m one of the lovers. ’98 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 ’99 or ’00 being, mind you. still a very tasty brew.
Crit (3218) - 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 IPA’a 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. It’s well made and it’s an interesting idea. But I don’t enjoy drinking it. I did not finish the first one and I cannot imagine wanting another. In the end I’d probably go for something boring like a Heineken or a diet Coke instead.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - 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.