MartinT (8135) - 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 Grandma’s 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 (5287) - 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.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Good winter choice, may do nicely after the pumpkins ales go away. Nice copper color, barely wine taste with noticable alcohol (which I love by the way). Rich and creamy with no after taste; really, really nice.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Lovley color. Tan head, plently of lace. Overly sweet caramel malts and a full dose of hops hide the strong abv. A dangerous brew indeed.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is more like it. Deep red color. Great nose, malty and sweet with plenty of ripe, dark fruit. Drinking it is like biting into a caramel chew, rich and malty. Alcohol beautifully hidden on this one. Dry finish. Very rich, nicely creamy. Nice.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 (7/14/03): Murky brown with small off-white head. Aroma is rich, medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is malty, big, caramel, mint/grapefruit. Full bodied and medium acidic. (11/14/02): Garnet with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, fruity -- raisin and cherry. Flavor is rich, sweet, and very fruity -- the alcohol is very well hidden. It's a very good beer, but I'll be honest -- I can't see why this is considered a top 50 beer (8/4/8/4/16).