Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 2005-- pours a hazy golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head with very nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, pine, a hint of perfume and caramel. Flavors of honey, a hint of chocolate????, roasted nuts and smooth as hell. This is a lot better than I remember it. Very nice bitterness with a citrusy finish. mmmmm......This is wonderful... how dare I rate such a brew a 3.7. I just rerated the new stone barleywine, and that doesnít even come close to the greatness of this brew. this is an amazing brew that hopefully will age well.
2001--I havenít had too many barley wine brews, but I wasnít too keen on this one. Surprisingly, it wasnít over hopped like all the sierra Nevada brews. I probably wouldnít buy this one again. 7/4/7/4/15---3.7
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 I dunno... this is one of Volgons favorites. Itís got that hoppy thing I donít find appealing. The flavor was good. Iíll probably need to rate this again. Orig. Score was 3.1... here with Volgon Rating again... sorry barley wine lovers... this beer is not my style ... too close to doing shots. Iíd rather have a captain and coke
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malty nose with a strong alcohol aroma.Very spicy and bitter.I had it on draft and it can floor you pretty quick!
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this proably too soon. Just like everyone else is saying it was too bitter. Nice malty nose, malty start, full middle, bitter finish.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Needs to be laid down for atleast a year.Much to sharp when young,mellows and matures with age.Bitterness is too much early on,maltiness comes through when aged.Fruity,floraly,earthy,spciy hops.
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 ReRate 5/10/02 Vintage 2001-i stored this way for 5 months-the first bottle i had of this was very bitter, bitter in a bad way. The bitterness is still present, but it has become more malty over time. I like it!!! ReRate-2003 version-Ya know, i love this beer! even with its young age, its still a hophead dream. I must say that aging this brew mellows out the hops and brings out the malt, but who needs malt?
2004-Very similar to the 2003 when it was young, but this has more IIpa feel to it in the hops. body and aroma say barleywine all the way though! This will be a good aging vintage!
2005-I must say, this years vintage im not overly impressed with. the body seems a little lite and the carbonation is too high IMO. i will not change my score because so many vintages have been so good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2002. Celabration Ale with a bit more ETOH. Maybe it will age? Other wise a mid level barleywine.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A tasty, but suprisingly thin-bodied beer that is more of a strong ale than true barley wine. The aroma on this thing is huge and the taste almost as much so, but it is way too filling for my taste. Big malts and hops, but the balance is off a bit.
wr399 (8) - USA - MAY 2, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a BARLEY WINE. Best when treated like a wine. If you drink it when it is less then a year old the hoppy flavor will be over powering to most. I have foumd that at least one year of aging is required. and if you have the will power to let it age longer it gets even better. I just had a bottle from 95 and it was GREAT.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2001 bottle consumed 5/2/02) I found this one to be much more enjoyable than the Anchor Old Foghorn I had tried the night before. Definitely hoppy, but nicely balanced with the malt, and it hides the 9.6% ABV extremely well.