Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
High marks for palate, as it is wonderfully thick. Lots of suspended material, beautiful color. I don’t sense the hop bitterness that others have mentioned...if I did I would rate it higher. Instead I get a lot of malt complexity, only it comes along with a general sweetness that is too much for my taste, and very noticeable alcohol content.
omhper (19377) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Re-rate, 2001 vintage sampled in February 2003.
Deep ruby, pours thick with no head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrup with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied. Lingering grapefruity bitterness. Still after two yeasr this beer has a lot of potential to develope further.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A classic old ale. Full, sweet, slightly vinous body with just the right amount of bittering. Many interesting notes left on the palate, from woody/smoky hints to cherries.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 A deep bemired brown color, lots of dross, the head behemothic in size, frothy in texture and as it decays leaves a nice lace to cover the glass. The aroma of raisins and plums, sweet malt, black strap molasses, hints of fusel alcohol, a real “Big” nose. Start is like drinking maple syrup, thick and chewy, and the alcohol bitterness hits you immediately. Hops pleasant and spicy in their bite, mildly acidic, aftertaste dry as a bone, alcohol bitter, and a real “Belly Warmer”. Robust as any barley wine I’ve tasted, and one not meant for the weak of palate, or those not into alcohol, I love it.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smelled like candy. Very malty with some spiciness and bitterness. Full bodied very complex.
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yuu want malt? here’s your malt. A very good old ale. The premium line from Bell’s is exceptional.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 Ruby rust. Densely packed white foam. Loads of fruitiness, malt and caramel on the nose, with a few bitter hops in there as well. Abundance of slickly fruity esters and candied apple flavors absorb the understated earthy hop, firm bready malt finish. Pretty good.
tourette (211) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great barley wine. Very complex. I bet this would incredible aged.
Viking (9) - x, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2001 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t really care too much for this beer. However, I hear it improves with age. I’ll pick up some more soon, and drink it in a year...
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although barley wines/old ales, are not one of my favorite styles. This offering was surprisingly pleasant. Aroma of caramel, deep caramel, and toffee flavours. Slight hop flavour in the end with a smooth malt finish. Alcohol flavours are not over powering.