radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown colour. Aroma is really hoppy, malty, with notes of alcohol. Flavour of caramel, malts, warming alcohol. Finishes thick, hoppy and slightly dry.
Bov (10248) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 1999 vintage - brown colour, slightly cloudy, no foam, very hoppy (what a surprise at 120 IBU), floral and earthy, extremely bitter with a veeeery long bitter finish - a one dimensional hop bomb but strangely, I like this 3 y.o. beer almost as much as I hated a 4 y.o. tasted 2 years ago. Is it not supposed to improve while aging ?
1996 vintage - 10/3/2000: (4/1/2/1/2) quite an horrible appearence: dirty brown colour, no head; strong alcohol and Port wine aroma, EKU 28 taste-like (means:bad), absolut tragic aftertaste - boark !
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1998 Bottling. Age doesn’t smooth this one out much. Hops still dominate, but there is some wineyness in the finish. Low carbonation, seemed a bit heavier than I remember. I’d like to taste back to back with a newer vintage.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A quality barleywine. Good all the way through. Very hoppy and intense
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick, chewy, and malty beer...don’t you just love barleywines. Rogue has a more distinctive hop presence than have many of the other barleywines that I have had the joy of trying. It has a hazy reddish-brown appearance and a rather diminutive head. A very drinkable beer. Too bad I have to drive to VA to purchase due to NC’s (unbelievably useless) 6% abv law.
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 (1427) - 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 (1976) - 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.