DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2003
Poured copper colored with a fluffy, off-white head. Very little lacing, but what was there stuck. Aroma is of sweet molasses and rye crisp; Heavy malt on the palate, a great deal of sweetness warmed with alcohol. A good winter brew. boto (2263) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Looking at some of the others, maybe I should save some for later, as this was the 2002 vintage. It was still very good. Nice copper color, with a complex aroma. Hops are in evidence, but there are many other scents. Nice balance of lots of malts and hops. A very good one! fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 2007-10-06, bottle at Brickseller, Washington DC, 6-3-7-3-14=33ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
Amber color; beautiful creamy head. A good balanced Ale, with a good body strength, malty, quite good flavor, also milky (but puke comes out too), but it’s not as special as I remembered.
2003-03-02, Winter 1997-1998 Edition, 5 years old, 8-5-9-5-17=44.
Cloudy dark amber color with a persistent layer of foam; nice perlage. Wonderful aroma of malt, some hop, caramel, nuts, some phenols; pretty similar to some barley wine, but less sweet.
Excellent body texture, good balance of malty body and strong bitterness with good hop aromas, caramel, chocolate. Ending with a boldly bitter and aromatic final; a lot of caramel as well.
Maybe it has lost some hop freshness, but it has aged well, showing only a very light Madeira character.
An excellent low alcohol Barley Wine, without the alcohol punch.
This brew has a fine nose of anise, alcohol, spices, fruit (currants and plumbs), and almost a portish cask wood quality. Pours a sparkling medium ruby amber. The average sized off-white cramy head has fair lacing and is mostly lasting. The warm flavor though rich and deep is hard to define. The complexity flows so well that it is a challenge to pull single qualities from the whole. The finish is long and again rich. The medium lively palate is dry and finishes astringent. jgb9348 (6478) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 2000 Millenium Vintage: Dark amber in colour with a medium off-white head. Nice flavours going, burnt sugars (both from caramel and from ripe fruit), a musty flavour as well. Good complexity and balance between the hops and malt,especially noticable in the aftertaste. A better vintage than the 2003 bottle which I had before. I had this one out of the same bottle with DougShoemaker given to us by Lyle Ostrow at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
2003 Vintage: Amber in colour with no head at all. Sweet and grapey in the smell. Strong--malty--and hoppy in taste. A great flavourful beer!
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2003
1995-1996 Bottle: Amber color with a small white head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, and strong alcohol. Strong spicy hoppy alcohol flavor. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Medium brown ale. Nice appearance. Nutty sweetness balanced with understated hops. Well textured. Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2001-2002 Bottle: Pours a clear, dark amber color with a small, off-white, rapidly dissipating head. Good strong malty aroma with touches of vanilla, butterscotch, and alcohol. Good carbonation and medium body, the flavor is malty sweet and somewhat nutty, with a long, sweet, butterscotch taste finish. Very nice. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Darker than amber with a thick lasting head. I enjoyed this 2001-2002 edition as 2002 turned into 2003. Sticky sweet nose with a strong molasses and alcohol notes. Super sweet at the start with a finish of alcohol and a medium amount of detectable hops. Only 7%, but the alcohol flavor is really noticable. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Very good beer...with a different characteristic than most other beers......