raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Beautiful color with milky,long lasting head.Lacey,perfectly beaded!Fruity,vinous,aromas.Slightly hoppy&oxidized aromas.Caught this one just in time.Silky,smooth,thick,palate.Big time malts with a dry,vinous finish.Sweetness and fruitiness are balanced perfectly. Still some hops(soft) in the finish also,with the slightest alcohol showing.Real tasteful alcohol presence. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Sweet fruity malt aroma,minimal head, smooth and creamy mouthfeel,sweet malty taste.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2002
There are few things better in life better than having your lips physically stick to the glass after drinking a fine barley wine or strong ale. This brew is extremely sweet and reminds me of a glass of Drambouie. Complex and spicy, I would highly recommend this brew. Bring it to a spring picnic and drink it under a tree as the sun sets and the world cools. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Served at cellar temp. First impressions; sweet alcoholic aroma, with some hops (fuggles?) there as well. First few sips, actually first two thirds of the beer, sweet, not complex, what is the fuss about. and them boom, like a switch was thrown on, and bam the flavors start to dance. Dark fruits give way to soaring maltiness. Hops stay in the background, but assert their presence. Very nice. fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 2002-07-13
jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Amber colour, thick collar of foam. Wonderful hop and malt aroma; it’s very complex and surprisingly persistent; getting warmer it develops some wallnut notes, lovely. Powerful body, malty, sweet in the beginning but well balanced, soon, by the hop, that introduces to a very good, quite long, not too much bitter final. It gets better while getting warmer, loosing a strange unfinished/metallic sensation; but the hopping is worth this (expensive) brew.</br>I simply love the perfect marriage of hop and barley in the mouth.
The aroma is sweeter, with fudge; the taste is more mellow, honeyish, with sweet nuts and a lot of sweet caramel.
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Rating #1: Bottle #63580 enjoyed on 7/10/02 (10 4 9 4 19). A redish brown color with a creamy beige head that holds its own and rising bubbles throughout. The aroma is heavenly with malt, peppermint, herbal spices, alcohol, and chocolate. The flavor is unlike any other, just a masterpiece. [I reach the 100 beer milestone with this wonderful ale. I enjoy it with my royal pint glass from a pub in Oxford, and with nod across the ocean to my best friend Patrick. Cheers!] Rating #2: Bottle #81838 enjoyed on 3/21/05 out of a trappist glass (8 4 9 4 19). A tea colored reddish brown color with a light brown head. The flavor is complex with the herbal mint that I remembered for the past (or at least my notes above remind me), rounded malts, toffee, some brown sugar and a bit of the dark dry fruits (dates, figs). Although Patrick has since left Oxford, I give a nod, once again, to the place where he left his heart. hopscotch (11413) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The color is a beautiful, hazy amber. The nose is both fruity and malty. Very malty beer and a bit on the sweet side. Could use more of those award winning hops. Otherwise, a terrific drinking experience! karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2002
very good a good beer.............................................. Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2002
Great fruit complexity on the nose, with all the usual malty notes of toffee and caramel. A bit sweet on the palate and not a beer to chug, the bitter finish balanced out the initial sweetness to round out the beer. I would like to get my hands on an older vintage. A great winter warmer. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2002
Very strong and potent, when served cold, it was a bit sickly, but as it warmed, it shied away from the sweet start, and gave way to a nice bitter finish, still a sipper any way you look at it. Challenging, very english, hides alc well, lots of malt (which is not always to my liking). Good for cold weather in front of a fire and all that type of stuff.