jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 2006 Vintage Rated November 2006. Amber body is half as dark as the 2001. Small off white head and nice lacing (3+). Light hos over caramel in aroma. Lightly dry caramel malt flavour is fairly well balanced but I’d actually prefer a touch more malt and sweetness. Perhaps as it ages it will be less hot and the malt will mature. Not as much depth as I recall from previous years. 6/3+/7/3/14 - 3.4<P>
2001 Vintage Rated Nov 2006. Dark brown body, creamy small tan head (3+). Sweet raisiny aroma, light caramel. Flavous is not as nice as the aroma, touch of cardboard blends with strong raisins and malt, light metallic notes. Smooth, average to medium palate. Past its prime but still pleasant. 8/3+/6/3/13 - 3.4 <P>
2000 Vintage Re-Rate October 23, 2004. Nice amber body with a smallish white head. Sweet malty caramel is nicely balanced by the dry alcohol. Lingering aftertaste of alcoholic toffee. Nice full bodied palate. Potent. 6/4/6/4/16 - 3.6<P>
2000 Vintage Sampled Sept 13, 2003. Darker amber than the 99, More harsh bitterness and alcohol taste. Has not aged as nicely as the 1999. Sampled at Joey_Capps gathering. 6/3/5/3/12 - 2.9<P>
1999 Vintage Rated May 2006. Lightly hazy orange amber with a small off white head. Alcoholic caramel aroma. Dry caramel, sweet malt with a dry alcoholic finish. Average palate has thinned but is still pleasant. I thought I had rated this much higher before but apparently not. Aging this any further would be a bit pointless a thing. Probably at or a bit past its prime for me. Very nice to try it again before it disappears! Thanks Doug! 7/3/7/3/14 +1 bonus for fond memories not reflected in the last rating, perhaps I enjoyed it somewhere and didn’t write it down. - 3.5<P>
1999 Vintage Rated 9/13/03 Slightly hazy amber, no head. Sweet and malty. Alcohol is noticeable but not predominant. Has mellowed nicely. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3
1999 Vintage Rated in 2000, pre-Ratebeer membership.. Rocket fuel? I was not prepared for this one. I noticed the hops and the alcohol mostly. Will try it again and give it a better rating.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hopsrus for this beauty. A rich and mouth-expanding journey. Lovely riesling finish, alcohol only slightly evident. Filled with sugary dark fruit flavor. Slightly astringent.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice brown murky body with an impressive Belgian like tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity (citrusy). Alcohol (port like) and malts are also noted. Flavour is intense, peachy like and quite malty. Finish is almost salty but quite well bittered and dried. Well balanced except for the alcohol burn.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber colored. Pours with a 1/4" head that doesn't fall. Very malty, maybe some East Kent Golding hops, but not much. I wouldn't say balanced is a good description, but maybe for a barley, I don't know. I can taste the alcohol in it somewhat, but for a barley I'm not sure thats bad. What I am sure of, is it a barley I'd like to have again. Cheers, Martin.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber. The aroma is sweet like cotton candy and fruity. Nice balance of hops and malt. A little smokey with bubblegum hitting it on the backside. And not just any bubblegum but the Joe Bazooka variety. Very nice.
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy copper. Aroma reminds me of a combination of wild turkey and port wine. Flavor is cardboardy more than woody. Fruity bandaids, if there were such a thing, are also present in the flavor.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of smoke. Big malty barleywine. Very smooth taste. Woody and smoky, reminiscent of a bourbon or a scotch. Well balanced. Hides the 10.2% alcohol well. Soft flavors. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is clean and smooth.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich copper color. Very big head, uncharacteristic in a beer this big. Strong malt aroma. Some vanilla. Almost a bourbon quality present. Woody flavor. Slightly tongue-numbing. Some alcohol. Full body. Excellent!
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, malty aroma, with some tangerine, orange and peach, with a sharp, brash, alcoholic flair. Deep, dark reddish orange in color, opaque, fine carbonation and a slight head. Flavor meanders in some interesting directions, starting off acidic, malty, fruity, sweet and yeasty, then becoming spicy and dry, this being the advent of the faintly bitter hops, before a long, lingering, warmly alcoholic finish. Aftertaste is a swirling ribbon of malt sweetness. Seems to be at about the right age but would probably be fine a year from now as well, if stored properly. Distinctly different character than the '99 Vintage.
Earlier Rating: 1/15/2003 Total Score: 4.2
Rich, sweet, malty aroma, with some light brown sugar, a touch of alcohol, faint mulling spices and a floral component that gently appears as it warms. Hazy, bright, fetching orange-red color, very light, delicate effervescence and a slight head. Flavor echoes the tone set by the aroma, with a deep, richly sweet, mouth-filling maltiness (very dessert-like), with warming alcohol, and towards the long finish some very light, spicy hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is nutty, sweet and fruity, with some red apple, pear and orange, golden raisin and plum. Indulgent and quite a treat. As it is brewed in January, so is it a fine month in which to enjoy.
presario (4419) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Big head. Dirty orange colour. Big citrus taste. No diguising the alcohol content either. Most enjoyable. Thanks again Mr. Kimchee for the beer across Canada swap.