apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
VERY ROBUST!!! Very fruity and chocolate? malts present in the flavor. Can't quite put my finger on it all, but this has a lot going on. Aroma of roasted nuts and malts. Smooth and good. notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 [have had many vintages since, none of which have matched up to the first I had - still really tasty stuff, though] Vintage 1999. Holy crap! I’m in f--kin’ love! This is like Hair of the Dog Fred, but superior in most respects. Burnt orange color, cloudy appearance. Malty sweetness. Roasty notes. Plums, figs, cherries in the finish. Prostrate yourselves and bow down! Aged to near perfection. A great barleywine! Thanks a million brewbandit! herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
2002 batch: Great balance of sweet malty flavor and brisk hoppiness. Orange tangy finish. Light in color and head. All around another great Full Sail brew. awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Whoa, kicked my ass! 2002 batch. Great sweet taste with a hoppy finish at the end. Drank the bottle and was light headed, found that drinking the bottle in less than 30 minutes will get you that way. Thanks to ervich for the trade to allow me to try this bottle. jsquire (4578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Vintage 1999 on tap at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Light orange colr with beige lace ring around the glass. Lots of caramel sweetness in the nose but with a surprising balance of hop. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and lots of buttery caramel flavors. Well balance and a damn good barley wine.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
A nice medium bodied brew. Floral and citrus notes from the hopsand a maltiness to balance the 90 IBU bitterness level. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 I just drank a bottle of the 2002 batch, and compared with the following rating of the '00, I was (surprisingly) a bit more impressed with the young bottle - less astringent, and a more overt maltiness covered up the alchohol a little better: much more flowery, and a whole load of flavors came through in the malt I didn't find before. 2000 (3.6) - I was a bit disappointed really. VERY modest barley wine: mildy sweet vanilla/chocolatey malt, slightly bitter, with a ton of astringent flavor. The astringent alchohol kind of turned my nose a bit, although I do think it was insationally smooth towards the end of the glass. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 99 Edition: Cloudy yellowish orange in color. Very fruity flavor, sort of reminds me of orange juice and plums? Its a wonderful blend what ever it is. It is sticky sweet. By a fire, after a great day of skiing this would be an excellent choice. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Reserve 99, Brewed 11/10/1998. Beutiful opaque orange color, litle white head wuth pebbly clinging lace. Big, wonderfull hop aroma. Taste is smokey, malty and apricot. finish is slighly bitter but still clean. A abosolut topp notch Barely Wine 2nd only to Victory Old Horizontal. Oakes (18594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
1999 sampled end of 2002. Bright red; richly malty, syrupy aroma...peach, toffee. Still a very syrupy body, with warming malt, peach, pear...alcohol underneath it all. It's not that I don't like my barley wines malty (Old Woolly!) but this is a bit much, especially for its age. It should have developed some style by now - it takes more than big flavours to get over with me.