Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Barley wine-like, I didn't notice much difference between this, the 99, and the 2000 vintages. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Bottle #19225: Clear deep amber in color, the head is beige and minimal, the lace adequate. Nose is deep malt, sweet, hints of caramel, and oh yes Alcohol, On My!. Front is malt sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, acidic, dry, and a 'Real Belly Warmer'. Ranks #479 on my current 1000 beer list. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Radiant amber. Small, frothy light tan head. Whisks of carbonation. Aroma of caramel, Goldings hops and fusel alcohol. First sip is strongly alcoholic, medicinal and sidetracking. Quick second sip is more of the same only with a mix of malt sweetness and grassy hop bitterness. Tries to stave off the overwhelming alcohol wallop. The ABV has got to be higher than previous versions. Finally gets better, but this is still unmelded and loaded with estery alcohol notes. Medium body. Soft yet crisp around the edges. A fruity dollop is starting to rise from the depths. Clearly young and not integrated very well. Considering the alcohol content this should age for many years to come. Thick mouthfeel and understated but obvious malt quality should excel as the flavors gel with time. Finishes hoppier yet increasingly alcohol tasting again. Better than the previous version but this is still a work in progress. prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2002
rich aroma similiar to a single malt scotch. nice red appearance with light head and medium carbonation. the flavor is somewhat sweet with a unique end combination of fruit and hops. aracauna (3733) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
The flavor seemed a bit thin to me. Not as malty as their ESB with a very bitter hop character. The impression of thinness may actually come from the bitter aftertaste instead of an actual thinness of flavor. Very attractive red ale with fluffy white head.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2002
Strong Alcohol aroma, malty sweet and friuty, I bet it would be better with age, I just cant wait. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2002
Re-rate: My original rating of this was a bottle i had in the UK which i purchased from the brewery. This sampling was one i also purchased from the brewery, but took back to Australia with me. Its not really how i remembered it on first sample, its much better this time!!! Quite rich, warming, spicy and bitter, Not the greatest English ale you'll try, but its pretty darn good, kind of reminded me of their 1845, but with perhaps a bit more character. Ernest (7912) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, cookie, caramel, cereal, grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus - orange), with notes of peach, toffee, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This year proves that my beef with the 2000 was hops and yeast related, not age. Not as full-bodied as the '99, the aroma is a bit off in the malt department (grainy, corn flakes like), and the finish is slightly funky. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2002
Totally different than past vintages. The aroma is straight alcohol. The astringent and brash alcohol along with the mushy malts do not sit well on the palate. Out of balance, yet I do not aging this would fix anything at all. rather uncomplex. This one must be organic. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2002
Tasted just like the 1999 version and didn't blow me away. I prefer Westvleteren. Fuller's throws a ton of malt at you and though it's complex, it's not all that tasty.