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....
Suttree (5044) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a BIG beer. Lots of flavor, but dominated by hops. Very different from English style Barley Wines
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good inital hoppy taste, followed by overwhelming alcohol flavors. Very bitter. I drank the 2002 stuff, maybe should have let it age for a few months.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, its definitly one of their better offerings, but thats not saying much since I hate their APAs and IPAs
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAR 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
and the hops blend very well. I am relying on memory it has been 3 yrs sinc I have been able to get my hands on some
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. I just acquired the 2002, damn fine stuff. Malty nose and a hoppy taste. Very bitter and potent brew. The alcohol (this stuff could double as whiskey as it makes my chest heat up like i swallowed charcoal) seeps through in the aftertaste, but it doesnt effect the taste sensations. Iím going to age what iíve got left for a spell and possibly re-rate. If you can find it, grab this beer.
MarkIggy99 (4) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a barley wine beer of the best body and flavor. Not for the faint but if you like barley wine and a beer that could double as a meal, this is the one for you. Every year stands on its own but if you have too many of these you will not stand on your own. It packs a strong alcohol content. This is the best is gets. I have this cellared back to 1991.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp malt flavor, somewhat carmel flavored...strong alcohol prescence that but gets smoother as it warms. Incredible hop prescence. I can see why some of you love this beer, but for me it doesnít add up to some of my favorites of the style simply because of the balance...it seems way to hoppy and the malt is not as sweet as I like. Arguably great, just not one of my faves.