DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 version. Hoppy, orange aroma, deep orange colour, medium sized vanilla custard head. Robust hoppy, orange flavour. Wonderfully bitter. A marvelous brew to be sure, although it seems more like a top flight IPA than a Barley Wine. Thanks again JMerritt!
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Winter 2002 batch. Upon opening, hops aroma literally clubs you over the head. Faint grassy smell also noticed. Pours out a
rich amber color. A white, frothy head fades quickly, leaving some lace on sides of glass. Since this was my first experience
with this beer, I have nothing to compare it with, but it is a nice beer all the same. The hops are a little over the top, however, at
100 IBU's, most any beer would be. I've been drinking this since February 2002, and I've noticed small changes in it every
time I drink it. The hops are not mellowing out yet, but since I bought 8 cases to begin with, I'm sure I'll have some for years to
come to compare it with the newer batches. I highly recommend this beer, but it is quite expensive as beers in general go.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as sweet as the usual barley wine. Has a livelier head too. Beautiful color. A bit too bitter, but I was hoping that some time would take care of that. The 2000 isn't really mellowing much as far as I can tell. Still...pretty damn good.
Radek Kliber (7056) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok the bottle is opened. Wow. Superb! Those were my first thoughts ... Very refreshing. Great combination of cascade hops with touch of an orange peel. One of the most complex brews I had in my short life. Lovely this composition works great on me. Sometimes you might also notice some tea flavours as well. Warmth of alcohol just nicely wraps it up. Almost perfect!
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Back in the saddle again, been a while since I last rated anything good. Creamy, tan head. Dark, mahogoney brown. Fair amount of carbonation. Fairly floral, bitter hoppy aroma, one that makes my mouth water. Big fruity hop taste with some malt flavor. Alcohol is masked well. Very well done.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a cloudy reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick tan head with some lace left behind. Sweet and fruity (mango and cantelope) malt aroma with a hint of hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet and fruity malt flavor with roasty notes. The finish is roasty and bitter with hoppy notes. Full bodied, relatively smooth and warming.
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a little bit of a disappointment, the aroma was filled with excellent tones of sweet maltiness & even some bittering hoppiness and the deep ruby red color was outstanding, but the flavors were a bit off, too bitter & not enough maltiness for my liking in a barleywine, the beer finished way too bitter, a bit of a disappointment
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redbrown hue with brown tone. Thin white head.
Spicy aroma with merengue and sweetfuit notes. Roasted with hints of chocolate, and citrus from the hops. The flavor is extreme and attacks you like a T-Rex. Lots of citrus and a monstrous bitterness. Spicy with chocolate tones. Cream tones. Grapefruitrind bitterness. Dry chocolate finish. This is almost too much but once in the decade its OK. Seriously, this is one of the best beers I have had.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent, hoppy BW along the lines of an Old Crusty. Not overly thick and the alcohol blends nicely with the piney hoppy overtones.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
great hoppy barleywine, somehow reminds me of both the hair of the dog fred & adam biers. Keep it around awhile, its a good beer to vintage.