jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 on tap: Wonderful hop aroma with lots of piney notes. THis beer packs a lot of punch but there are many complex flavors to savor. Needs some time to age but still I didn't cringe too much when attempting to drink this one.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hop aroma. Nice malt flavor with a big hop bite. These definitely need to age about a year before getting into them.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/17/03: bottle. nice, thick, frothy, light tan head. deep ruby color. some lacing. malty and lots of hops. bitter finish. as this beer warms there is an elevated evidence of an orange flavor and an increased alcohol taste.
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle ... i love to have my non-beer-drinking friends try this beer to see their face when those insane hopps kick in ... definitely good for aging ... alcohol is well hidden ... i think of the beers ive had this one has the largest transition from nose to finish ... makes it very fun to drink, especially since every step is full of good flavors
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottled. Egads! It's huge. Awesomely overbalanced. Nose is flowery, hoppy, and sweet. Alcohol mildly evident. Inhale hard and you get. . .mangoes. Yes, mangoes. I was rather surprised. Nice body, malty in the mouth, pleasant burnt malt/coffee aftertaste. Alcohol complements rather than overpowering. Only problem was the bitter swallow. Malt was overpowered too quickly. Can’t say I enjoyed that part. Other than that, a treat to drink. But for the price, I will be cellaring my next bottles and hoping for a 100% enjoyable experience. Was going to wait on this one but I drank it anyway; I wanted to see for myself. An enjoyable experience but not what I’m looking for.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003: Hoppy, alive with tartness and maltiness. Pours a rish reddish color that sets the mouth to watering. Indications of fruits on the palate but they are overtaken by the sheer intensity of the hops. Malty textures don't seem too present in the mouth due to over hoppin of the beer. Not the best barleywine out there and designed for hop heads who like'm rough. This batch is too young to be consumed properly.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy sweet aroma: pine, resin, clover, grass, applejuice, light cotton candy, touch of bread. Sweet with a side tongue twang, quite bitter with a bit of roast on the finish. Bitterness gets stronger with each sip, unless you sip it quite slow.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. Flavor has notes of pine, citrus, and different malts. The finish is dry and slightly sour. A lot better than I expected!
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. Pours a dark, apple-ciderish red-brown color. Small head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is initially candyish and intensely hopped; take a very deep sniff and you'll also get a hint of alcohol. I swear, every time I smelled it, it smelled better. Smooth, syrupy and velvety texture. Very bitter, yet not overpoweringly so. Finish is somewhat fruity, but the hop bitterness lingers. One heck of a good beer, and it's only 3 months old! Ooh, do I have plans for the rest of the case! Should be excellent as it ages.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy ruby, maybe more mahogany in color. Head is large and tan, slowly diminishes and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is room filling with piney hops, some slight fruity/malty sweetness sneaks in, but is overpowered by the hops. Flavor is pretty much the same, it's almost all hops, lots of citrus (grapefruit), and strongly bitter. Again, some fruity and malty sweetness comes through, but the hops just smack it down. I consider myself a hophead, but this seemed a little too one-dimensional for me at the moment. We'll see how it is after having some time to mingle in the bottle for a while.