hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what a beer!! Amber color with a hint of red and purple when held to light. I saw a few of the floor tiles from the brewery floating around in the glass. No head to be seen, just a nice ring around the glass as I drank. Nose was of malt and alcohal. Taste was very well balanced, with the warmness filling me immediately. This stuff will knock you back, and youíll come back for more. Nice work Bellís.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rating from recent memory, as I lost my rating sheet, but Iím sure the two months it was stored had a bit of an impression on it. The alcohol stood quite proud and strong, with lots of fruitiness . the long lasting very complex finish made it worthwile for sure. the malt did shine through as well as I drank more.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Re-Rate 12/1/02 Probably the last re-rate for awhile. Still amazingly smooth and complex. Love this beer. Canít wait to pull a year old bottle out of the cellar...
Re-Rate 5/2/02 This is simply the best beer in america. Its senior week here at DPU and the house has bought 18 of these for the seniors to throw down. God bless college.
WHOA!!! Iíve had some beer in my life but none have knocked me back like this one. Dark ruby body. A small head. Huge malt/toffee aroma. The flavor, oh where to begin. Licorice, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and maybe a touch of whiskey. Just a HUGE beer. If heaven has a bar, this is on tap. Thank God I bought a sixer. One of these is getting laid down for a couple of years.
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003
Re-rate 4/10/03- Tasted this against Old Horizontal. Thin head, brown body. Darkly sweet aroma. Toffee dominates the malt, notes of light chocolate are present as well. Slight sweetness, very rich malt overall, notes of sugar. Cinnamony, sugray spice in the finish. Smooth finish for the abv, moderate touch of hops and no alcohol burn. No fruity components in the malt which is pretty much the only thing that keeps this beer from being perfect, although this is not to say that the malt is not complex. Balance is near perfection. This one got the nod over Old Horizontal by a half a point on my master scale, and ranks as one of my top three US beers as I near the 600 beer mark.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Peach caramel tectonic plates split to reveal a fiery subterrean resin which slowly covers the nourishing malt...But this hoppy viscera stands in adulation when it witnesses the sensuous chocolate bread which withstands the bitter onslaught...Never have telluric forces been so gorgeous to me...
This ages oh so wonderfully, the energetic hoppy flavor relinquishing most of its vivacity to the sumptuous fruity caramel malts which now reach port wine territory...Herbal hop bitterness still lathers the tongue, cutting the luxurious malt sweetness...Over 2 years old, and still massive and reverend, but even deep and sagacious...
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange, cloudy. Well masked alcohol, full bodied taste of crisp apples with a nice hoppy finish. Great!
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a lovely dark brown garnet. Tasts like fresh figs, or maybe Grandmaís oatmeal cookies with raisins and butter.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky blood orange in color...thin scattered froth...
aroma infected with oranges, alcohol, and sugary sweet rhubarb...
imagine twisting black and red licorice together and taking a bite..Imagine a three-way wrestling match between a cherry, and orange, and a tall lanky rhubarb..Who wins..??
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
got in a trade with hopsrus -
had no idea it was 10.2%. purpley color and flavor. very nice - has some funk to it - raisons and other dark fruit. interesting, complex and fun. on the sweet side. bit of alchohol bite on the finish - but not too much. very enjoyable
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium amber color, medium head. Malty aroma. WOW. ZIP ZANG ZOWIE!! This is a big bold full-bodied barleywine. Malty and hoppy. Malts are caramel and toffee. Hops are spicy. Well balanced. Taste is full, and nearly chewy. Very nice beer. There is no alcohol bite despite the Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a slightly alcohol bite. Thanks to jcalabre for this beer.