Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This brew pours with a cloudy amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a strong hop accent and a slight graininess as well as a pronounced alcohol note. The flavor is slighlty sweet yet slightly sour and hoppy with a good malt balance and a slight alcoholness. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This cloudy orange pour is malty flavored and quite tasty. Thanks to mr_kimchee for this one
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2003 Total Score: 3.3
this was a cloudy golden color with a slightly sweet flavor. very enjoyable. thx mr_kimchee
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy and brownish orange..big bubbled head..malty, agey aroma..creamy mouthfeel...flavors of alcohol, rhubarb, hops, pine needles, and grass..
Earlier Rating: 3/19/2003 Total Score: 3.8
A drunken sunset of brilliant oranges and reds hides opaquely behind the clouds..a living nose of red licorice, dried banana chips, cherry pie filling, sugar-dusted dried figs, and orange fused whipped-cream...the top was covered in a dirty cream...a creamy mouthfeel comforts a bitter backing while red licorice rides the creamy waves of the smokey ocean..subtle whispers of orange zest and bourbon contributing nicely to a chewy experience..
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium, yellow head and a sediment filled, orange body. Nose of smooth brandy and hints of raisins, port and brown sugar. Great texture of syrup. Delicious flavours of campfire, toffee, plum and oak. Many thanks to Rastacouere for making this available to me...
Earlier Rating: 3/23/2003 Total Score: 3.2
(Bottle) Pours a beautiful, brown-amber body and a medium, creamy head. Sweet floral nose with slight malt. Complex flavours of prunes and banana but didn't provide a pleasurable finish. Bourbon burn was rather harsh.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 2001 Vintage. Orange-copper colour w/ wispy head. Brandyish nose w/ hints of orange, brown sugar, raisins & alcohol. Thick, chewy feel. Smooth, complex flavour of brown sugar, caramel, cherries, plums, burnt toast, wood, & spice.
2000 Vintage. Lovely reddish copper colour w/ slight head. Brandyish nose w/ hints of cherries, mint & alcohol. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Flavour: nice melange of brown sugar, caramel, cherries, plums, burnt toast. Also slightly woody & meaty. Salty, spicy finish.
Aroma 8; Appearance 4; Flavour 8; Palate 3; Overall 15; Total Score 3.8.
jgb9348 (4732) - 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 (7812) - 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.