Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hands down a very excellent Barley Wine!! It is an acquired taste.
IronArm99 (6) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2002 does not count
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance and Aroma are really good, but it is way to bitter for me.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 My dear friend jimk gave me a racked sample over five years aged. An amazing experience! Deep malty tones meshing well with softened pine and nut flavors. This is a classic barley wine for me.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I agree a huge hop contant doesnít make a bad beer good, but ir makes a good beer better, atleast for my taste buds...I love thios beer because of itís bitter, spiceness that can only be achieved with huge hop content, however the flavor of the carmel malts is still detectable, try to age one for a couple years, it mellows the hops just a bit, either way...NOTHING beats a 6-pack of these...
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
See, the problem here is that huge hop content does not necessarily make a good beer. I prefer my barley wines to be much less hopped, maybe like Mcauslan Vintage or Nils Oscar. Whatever.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2001. By the time we got to this sample it had been sitting for 45 minutes yet it maintained a nice and somewhat creamy head. Bittersweet aromatics and an intense brown color. It has a sweet and nutty malt profile. A most drinkable barley wine.
PSUJason99 (96) - Montclair, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002: Nice big short lived head with alot of lace. Aroma is piney and can be smelled across the room. taste is citrus/malt and slightly sweet turning to all bitter and spicy at the end. If you like em super hopped this is for you. Ill rereview the rest of the sixer in a few years when these are really ready.
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In my preference, this is a perfect appearance. The aroma is absolutly perfect to fit the appearance of this beer. Then you take a drink and WHOA! BITTER! Traditional barley wines are not supposed to be this bitter, but Iíve been told that this is a trademark of the brew co. Itís like the most beautiful flower with the most deadly poison. Beautiful and sweat smelling, but will spank your butt if you cross the line. Not as smooth as Old Knuckle Head. This beer demands your attention. I used to hate drinking this beer but I always bought it when it came out. Thats the respect it demands. I really enjoy drinking this starting at ice cold, and sipping it, and by the last sip it is room temperature and still is good. A completly mystifying beer.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2002
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Way too hoppy. This is no barley wine stlye ale but an overly hopped american IPA with a sour too much alcohol taste. Stick too the true British BW like a Youngís Old Nick. Hop heads will love this stuff....