3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2013 Wow. 120 IBUís, and it sure does get your tongue. A nice deep brown color, with a sweet aroma, almost like cherries, caramel, and roasted coffee. Taste is stinging and full, wood-like. Roasty. The bitterness is biting my tongue, but it finished very dry, a feature I enjoy. Overuse of hops... but someone had to do it... this one is nice... very young and spicy and stinging from the hoppiness, but after a few years it peaks and itís wonderful.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lighter than I expected, a deep flavor, caramel comes through the strongest. The bitterness is marked, and enjoyed.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Holy hops! I mean I love hoppy beers but this was just too bitter. I almost burned my tongue....no just kidding but it did ruin my palate. Something to try once, but nothing to drink too often.
sloth (2637) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pulled one out of my cellar and dusted it off, been awhile.Slightest hiss upon opening of bottle.Poured smooth and real flat, no head to speak of.Nose of malt some woodiness and alcohol.Very hazy brown.The hop bitterness is still big though.Decent fruity hoppy flavors on a nice full body. Slick and mouth coating oilyness.The malt is coming through as it warms up, as does the alcohol.Also taste some mint and a slight pineyness. The alcohol is more evident now as is some oxydation. Still a warming brew.Shame, a little carbonation would have only added to this old girl.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Rerate - 7/22/03:
I don't know why I thought this was too bitter. This time around it seems very delightful. It poured a deep garnet color, cloudy, with a small tan head. The aroma was of bitter hops, sweet cherries, malt, tea, and some kind of salted crackers. The flavor was full...hops bitterness...floral, alcohol, malty sweetness, tea, and tobacco. The feel is thick, syrupy, very crisp carbonation. In all, I really like this barley wine. Maybe I just wasn't mature enough before to rate this. The numbers reflect my most recent experience.
Original rating - 1/19/2003:
Intense hops bitterness flavor. The alcohol really doesn't come into the flavor until the beer has warmed a bit. This barley wine is a little too much for me. I would have liked to share the bottle with someone.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A BIG BOLD HOPPY/Malty barley wine. Thick and chewy, extremely hoppy. There are very rich sweet malts in this beer but they take a while to get through the hop assault. Very nice, this one is from the new XS 12oz bottles. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. Etched/painted beer bottle.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1995 Bottle: Deep rudy brown hue. No head whatsoever. Fruity grainy nose. Oh so sweet, big chewy malts, cherries, gummy bears, port, vinous, honey, floral and fruity,full bodied, and pleasantly hopped in the finish. What an incredible experience. Cognac is right.
radiomgb (2504) - 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 (10481) - 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 (5543) - 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 doesnít 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. Iíd like to taste back to back with a newer vintage.