Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Bottle 53865. Raisins... Lovely English Strong Ale, warming.... Sticky, but not as sticky as other Fullers vintages I've had, it seems. All the classic elements are there, a little woodiness in the flavor. Good beer... Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 Crisp, sweet taste, and the alcohol in the finish, This is a quality beer.Looks great in the glass with its glowing Amber color,fills the nose with a wonderful smell,I will be getting more of this, and only hope to be able to cellar some of it.Bottle #32627.... Run, don't walk and get some of this !2nd Rating Christmas Eve-Eve (2002) Bottle #35238 I see my buddy marinaro500 might have had bad luck with a 99 bottle, are they going bad ? This 2000 bottle says drink before end of 2003.Its a Barley Wine, and a damn good one, complex,strong and full of numerous flavours. funny look how close my bottle # is to FlemishChar only 300or so bottles off and many miles apart.deeply complex and a superb belly warmer,bottle was asleep in my cellar for over 6 months. sweet, full of orange,malt, a unique spice, truly a Winner, glad I have 3 bottles left, just wondering what their peak is, Spring,Fall , or Winter of 2003, Highly Recommended ! JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Bigger alcohol, bigger flavor than the '99. tasted side by side............ DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 # 64507 a lost pond hiding in forests of reds, oranges, and browns..lathering cream climbs the sides of the glass..volcanic atmospheric eruptions of cherry, licorice, chocolate and exploding crunchy rasberries...tasting orchards, candy stores, and ice cream parlors.. DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Great ale very much like a barley wine. ....................
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Vintage 1999 bottling 12/4/2002: 8 4 8 5 16 – 4.1 Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Bottle #73224. Pours a nice deep amber/red color, with a slightly off-white head. The aroma starts with sweet malts and moves to light piney and perfumy hops. Light and clean in the mouth. The flavors are very well balanced, starting sweet with malt and a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied finish with a nice dose of hops to balance. Well done, indeed. I still don't feel like I have a grasp on this style, but this has certainly been my favorite so far.
Vintage 2000 bottling 11/23/2002: 7 4 8 4 16 – 3.9
Bottle #63534. A nice dark red/orange body with a tight, full head. Flavors of soft fruit, caramel, malt/cereal, and a touch of hops. The alcohol is present but not over-powering. A nice balance makes this beer pleasant and enjoyable.
Vintage 2001 bottling 2/6/2003: 8 4 7 3 16 – 3.8
Bottle #07301. Pours a bright ruby color with a thick, off-white head that quickly retreats to a thin line. The nose has dry cereals, cherry, whisky, honey and a bit of sourness. The flavors have decent balance, with a nice malt start and acceptable hop bitterness in the finish. Not the best of the Vintages, but with some more time, it could be.
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 10/04: two years later and this bottle is a gem. Clear light ruby with a small-bubbled head. Rich dark complex sugars. Lightly, but expertly hopped. I'm guessing that this will be good for at least another 10 years. 11/02: Bottle # 52889: Pours clear dark orange with a big head. Sweet dark fruit aroma with a bit of plum. Starts sweet and ends dry. My favorite brew from England. FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Bottle no. 38234. Beautiful sweet malt aroma. Huge, cream colored, dense head. Deep copper cast. Wonderfully complex, with spicy, biting, whiskeyish malt sweetness, peppery alcohol bite, and finish like that of brandy. Beautiful. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
This is a very good ale. Nice soft mouthfeel and very deserving of the high rating. softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
No. 41723. Clear amber color. Head was pretty impressive even with a total "soft" pour. Nose is very yeasty and malty with a hint of whisky. Taste is sweet up front and ends with just a little bitter kick. This beer can be described as thick, kind of like a barleywine on the palate. I'm impressed with this ale overall.