Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 2001 Bottle: Pours a murky, dark brown color with a small, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a thin bit of foam around the edges of the beer. It has a strong aroma of hops and that characteristic Rogue smell, probably from the yeast they use. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is hoppy but has plenty of malts that contribute a nice grape like flavor. The finish is sweet at first, but then the hop bitterness kicks in and a slight alcoholic burst floors your tastebuds and throat. Well, this ale is nothing short of magnificent!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel and raisin aroma. Hazy plum colour, no head. Treacle toffee, caramel, prunes and homemade wine flavour(s)
Big, full mouthfeel, bitter. A fair Barley Wine. Thank goodness for these small bottles, I sampled four Rogues today.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2002: Deep orange/light amber colour. Itís hard to pick up the flavour intricacies in this one since it is so over the top intense (plus I sampled it at the GABF amongst many other heady beers). It starts with perhaps some toffe and caramel heading to a bitter/warming finish.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This barleywine is a hop-headís delight. Pours out to a dark amber color in the glass. Aroma is nice, with that hop-nose you know is a preview to that hop taste. Literally as complex as a beer can be. So many tastes were going through my mouth that I couldnít really put a finger on just one. Raison, molasses, and a slight sweetness that give way to this íin you faceí blast of hops. If there is a hoppier beer out there, I havenít had it yet.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1999 bottle. Opaque dirty-brown color, small but lasting slightly off-white head. Nose intensely fruity/hoppy with hints of currants, apricots, brandy and allspice; delightful but rather punchy. Flavor: certainly the hoppiest barley wine Iíve had, and this at 3 years! I donít think this would be drinkable fresh and new. There is a noticeable malt presence, mostly caramel and liqured fruit, but it is nearly overcome by the intense bitterness and alcohol. Long very bitter finish. I expect it to be rounder and smoother in a few more years; at the moment Iím in the middle on this one, glad I had it but not sure when Iíll be brave enough to try another.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 2004 bottle sampled on 7/9/04: (8,4,6,4,14) Much more bold and bitter than I remember. Tastes almost too fresh and needs some more balance that aging would most likely bring.
2002 bottle sampled on 9/29/02: (9,4,8,4,17) Very dark for a barleywine, almost more like a dopplebock. It has a slightly fizzy head with an aroma bursting with roasted malt and floral hops. This beer uses both its sweetness and high bitterness to mask its alcohol content. The first onset is one of strong maltiness followed by a smooth mixture and then finishing with the bitterness of a pale ale. Very interesting, and a must try for higher gravity beer lovers.
1995 6.5oz bottle (8,3,8,4,16): Pours a flat murky brown with a richly complex dark fruit, soy, chocolate chip cookie and brown sugar aroma. Still has a decent bitterness to it and good complexity. This has aged considerably well.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7 oz bottle...maroonish/brown with lots of floaties. aroma is very sweet with a slight burnt sugar note. flavor is sweet with toffee and caramel notes offset by an incredible bitterness that doesnt hit you until the finish...very interesting!
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 (1 and 2 years old)...íLetís get ready to Rrrrrrrumble!!í...(crowd roars and laughs at the mismatch supposed to occur)...íIn the now sticky red corner, weighing in at an impressive 120 I.B.U., HopSumo himself, Old Crusty!í...(crowd reaction is mixed...while some cheer his audacity and sheer brutal bitterness, others denigrate his lack of dexterity and malty elegance)...And in the blue corner, weighing in at a meager 190lbs, a renowned hop masochist, the Humble Drinker!...(most snicker at him, thinking of the treatment he will receive in a few seconds)...Both participants crash and immediately a thick foam is released from Crusty, one that will draw back a bit but stay for the reminder of the fight...Vapors of luscious resiny hops hit the Humble Drinker, who is also surprised by the obvious huge body of the Hop Monster...And the bout is disgustingly erotic, the pepper Crusty dusts on the Drinkerís hop wounds excites him more and more and makes him lick his palate until acid citrus notes appear...íThe body on that one!í, he seems to be thinking, reminded of a very plump but immature Bigfoot he had once clashed with...The ballad they dance to is at once sickening and romantic, depending on your interest for balance or not...Oh yes!, and they just stayed there serenading each other until the Humble Drinker had absorbed the mountain-like body of the Hop Monster...He was awed an refreshed, and had gained enough sustenance for many weeks to come...Far from an easy sipping, even at 2-years-old, but nonetheless a very interesting liquid...
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 re rate must had bad bottle first time. I can actually smell the sweetness of the malt, first sip interesting bitterness from hops followed by sweet malt charactor glad I picked up a few bottles while visiting family in Mesa, Arizona
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20