YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocolate malt nose. Cloudy brown body. Acidic, chocolate, banana taste. Very yummie! Thank you Richard, great!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 dark & evil browness with halo'd head and lacey middles...
Aroma stung with cherry twizlers and alcohol..
they just couldn't hide that 11.1%..Not saying its easy, but they could have tried harder..its way too overpowering..there's some cherry notes, maybe some licorice and a tad of sweet orange..but its driven by pure unadulterated alcohol! I can't handle it..
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown pour with no light showing through the middle. Quickly diminishing head.Now this is a nice malty b wine that isnt overly sweet.ABV is hidden expertly! 11.1% wasnt even in mind. WOW this could be a dangerous beer.A bit thin for the style but regardless of that its a good beer.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent brew. The finish is bitter but still very enjoyable. Ranks up there high with Dogfish Head
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fabulous barleywine. Rich, sweet fruity aroma. Short lived tan head with lacing. Sweet flavor, grape, fig?, some caramel. Syrupy mouthfeel, some bitterness at the end. One of my favorite barleywines.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a fitting name for this beer. It is a very strong beer, but is also very tasty. It has a fruity taste and a nice finish.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma, rapidly dissolving head, and a nice burgundy color. Finishes very sweet, but not overly so. I do not detect any alcohol. It has a very good flavor, but maybe slightly on the weak side. This is an easy drinking barley wine, which could be dangerous since it’s 11 % ABV. Very good.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet yet some bitterness in the aftertaste. Caramel and mollases flavors- very strong- alcohol is hidden moderately. Nice but not as good as old horizontal.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shouldn’t have had this at the end of the evening, could have deserved a better rating, BUT here goes: very smooth, perhaps too smooth, strongly alcoholic barley wine, rich port texture, brandy nose and flavor, bit bland in some ways (BLAND, no just lacking in character for this, one of the great beer styles), finishes on the bitter side. I’ll try another one when its a year older.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brew. Lacks the head and lacing that I would like but otherwise very flavorful. I am normally not a big fan of barley wines but this is one to have! It is a dense complex malt ruby red brew. Excellent flavor and very satisfying. Drink slowly to savor the flavor. The aroma is of plums and apricots. The beer tastes like a 15 year tawny port. This is obviously one that will improve with age. Set aside for a couple of years and drink in the late autumn in front of a warm fire while eating cheese and maple coated brie.