jgb9348 (4435) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker amber in colour than the 1999 vinage, with a larger white head. Stronger pit fruit taste with more malt character. Very full-bodied; Sharp alcoholic taste with some pit fruit tastes. Stronger flavour than the '99, but a very nice potent barley wine. Stronger than the '99 and the alcohol is definately more noticeable. Extra thanks to Joe for supplying this rare beer! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Earlier Rating: 9/20/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Copper colour with orange highlights and a thin white head. Smells of pit fruit, sugar, must and strong malt. Full-bodied; Strong maltiness, subtle hops and a decently strong pit fruit tate. Raisins detectable in the aftertaste as well as the alcohol. Overall, a great beer and a nice barley wine. Extra thanks to Joe for supplying this rare beer! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A back to back tasting of this and the 2000 came up with similar results however the 1999 surpasses the 2000. The 2000 needs another year to compare with the 1999. Orangy in colour and cloudy compaired to the 2000. Malty spice aroma that is more predominate then the 2000. Strong malt flavour with a slight honey note through it. Which I found similar to the 2000 however this was slightly more robust.
Earlier Rating: 9/17/2003 Total Score: 3.8
A back to back tasting of this and the 1999 came up with similar results however the 1999 surpasses the 2000. Needs another year to compare. Orangy in colour and clearer then the 1999. Malty spice aroma that is more muted then the 1999. Strong malt flavour with a slight honey note through it. Which I found similar to the 1999.
jercraigs (7294) - 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 (5250) - 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!