austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A rather harsh, unsatisfying effort from Rogue. As a barleywine, this is in the bottom half. Very little head and a malty body. Try it if you dare.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This barley was, I guess, sufficient. It was not horrible, but certainly not my favorite. Roasted and burnt. Not all what I was expecting. Perhaps another time...
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent Barley Wine. For some reason mine had no head to speak of (maybe a dirty glass). Alcholic/hoppy nose. Sweet malty start with a middle and finish were the bitterness really comes at you. Not my favorite Barley wine.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick head. Aroma of alcohol and yeast. Fruity taste with strong, but at the same time pleasant alcohol taste...weird...nice cascade-like hop finish. Probably the best barleywine I have had.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I bought this when travelling, for some reason I thought it had a high rating but I was wrong. It does have a cool red color which contrasts beautifully with the tan head. The aroma is malty and inviting. The downfall is the aftertaste, which is lingering and unpleasant.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as good as some, better than others. I can’t give an accurate review because I hadn’t yet decided when the stupid little 7oz. bottle was finished. People who sell beer in 7oz bottles shouldn’t be allowed to sell them for more than 99 cents, and definitely not over 2 bucks like this one. UPDATE: They now sell this in a 12 oz. bottle. My final answer: this is not as good as most of the heavy hitting barley wines out there. It is too bitter, not thick enough, and just does not have any outstanding characteristics.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 (sampled 5/2002) - A powerful fruity nose (raspberries?) with chocolate tones. Opaque, muddy brown color (I poured the sediment from the bottle in the glass.). A bitter, dirty taste that is supported by loads of maltiness. Thick and syrupy. Very strong alcohol. Had this in 2002 (7 years old) and got the impression it was past its prime. Good stuff though!
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 1998, sampled 5/2002. Still amazingly hoppy. HOp flavor not particularly enjoyable either. Strong liquorice flavor and aroma. Harsh bitterness and alcohol flavor predominate. Not a particularly enjoyable drinking experience.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(1999 bottle, sampled 5/13/02) Some nice flavors underneath all the hops, but the bottle I had was too bitter to really enjoy them.
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little dissappointed with this little 6 oz. guy. I love barleywines, but the Rogue tasted more like a Stout, with a slightly burnt flavor. Furthermore, my bottle lacked the fruity finish normally associated with this brew style.