Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One strong ass beer. Highly recommend it.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahh yes, number one hundred! Gimme that crown. And a well deserving beer for the honor. This beer tastes very RED! It does not taste quite like any other barley wine that I have ever tried. It has the smallest amount of head and lace, just this side of none. Not too sweet, and does a great job with the eleven percent alcohol content. Definitely has a cherry medicine flavor and nose to it that I’m not sure if I like or not. All in all, the sheer uniquness of the flavor and the great handling of the ABV make this a winner. And as I just finished a big dinner with two beers, this after dinner one will surely have me horizontal soon.
legion242 (2286) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Uh-oh; Ruby Red in color; No head at all nor any lace. Alcohol is VERY upfront in this one. Medicinal. Lots of cherry Robitusin. Molasses. Palate thins quite a bit at the 3/4 mark. Cloyingly sweet with no balance. No attempt to hide the alcohol. I have another bottle and will definitely give this beer another chance, but as it stands now, this is woefully over-rated. RERATE: 3-9-02 (let bottle warm to nearly 65*) Smooth, very little effervescence. Lots of candy suger sweetness- malted burnt flavors also playing a huge role. Not as vinuos and thick as some other B-W’s that I have had. Alcohol is present for sure. Warming at the 1/3 mark. There is a degree of medicine flavors that really bother me- the cherry robituson is gone, but not by much. I am liking this better this time around, but I still sense very little balance. Now, at the 2/3 mark, the maltiness is perfect (the beer is now fully at room temp-73*). Much more satisfying this time, but still not the world beater that everyone says.
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting and sweet. I liked it.
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bushy hop and heavy malt aromatics blend fairly seamlessly. Lightly effervescent, fairly heavy slightly sticky feel, lots of alcohol pepper. This is interesting and bright but didn’t blow me away. If they could make this a mite cleaner, it’d be a more powerful experience. A journeyman, this is well put together and can do the job flawlessly without having to swing for the fences.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Re-rate: 3-6-03 Plum raisin aroma, rich clear ruby color. Smooth as silk, slight alcohol taste. Ends sweet and dry. Down -0.2. First rating: Wow! 12-23-01 - I need to re-rate this. While I'm not going to change any numbers, I am going to say that one case of this is hardly enough for one man to have. This sucks, I'm going to have to rate about 40 beers lower because of this.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is definitely a huge beer, but I find it lacking structurally. Most notably is the emmence alcohol flavor. It is not hidden at all. Hops are certainly adequate in the nose and flavor profiles, but the alcohol cuts them down. I found the malt content to be lacking as well. Brownish color with a rocky off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not at all impressive.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Very big beer! Has a nice hop presence. Sweet and smooth - light carbonation. Very enjoyable.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Up until about 2003, this was IMO one of the best beers on the planet. It went from a beautiful mix of hops and caramel, a great bridge between American and British-style barleywines, to an unpleasant, harsh, oversweetened sticky glass of slop. Tragic. 2003 and older versions still are OK with the age, but they’re fading fast.
BenjaminTate99 (1) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2002 does not count
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It was an average stout.