21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a bit harsh, kinda like a combo of jim beam and OE 800. Couldnt really taste the flavor over the alcohol. Put simply, just too much octane for me.
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Didnít keep all that great of a head, nice hazy dark amber color, very rich, malty, intense flavors, bitter aftertaste, very nice brew
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definately intense as well as the hoppiest barleywine Iíve had by far.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is murky dark amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily hoppy (citrus - grapefruit, resin), lightly malty (caramel), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is heavily bitter, heavily acidic. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately astringent, moderately alcoholic. I love really hot salsa, but salsa with nothing else going on but fire is pointless. Thatís what this is...fulfilling the popular bloodthirst for hops and alcohol with no other purpose. This is, to me, ridiculous, but each to his/her own...
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 canít give an accurate review because I hadnít yet decided when the stupid little 7oz. bottle was finished. People who sell beer in 7oz bottles shouldnít 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.