JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Decent hoppy barleywine with a mish-mash of malty flavors that range from cookie sweet to slighty peated. Hops is everywhere. Actually pretty light for a BW, I didn't notice a bit of the 10+%. Hops again, and in the afterburps...mmmmmm...hops... jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Dense nose of malt, which hides the massive hops in the taste. A fine beer, but not something that I would really look for in a barley wine. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Had a sweet smell and the alcohol was hidden well.Tastes of licorice.Very heavy on the hops.Not the worst barley wine i had but by far not the best jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 2003 Vintage Rated 11-04. Dark ruby brown body with a small little film of a head. Aroma is largely alcoholic. Flavour is much more harshly alcoholic and the bitterness is less rounded than the 1997. Sweet rough aftertaste. Body is thick without being syrupy. This Old Crusty beer is best left for a few years I think. 5-6/3/6-7/4/14<P>1997 Vintage Rated 11-04. Dark headless brown body. Sweet alcoholic aroma, hops and caramel maltiness. Flavour is still very hoppy, with plenty of enjoyably front and centre bitterness but with a surprising amount of sweet maltiness and some burnt caramel backing it up. Nice full bodied, not overly carbonated beer. 7/3/8/4/16 <P>Bottled in 199, drank it Nov 2000. Definitely a sipper... Has a bite to it thats mostly flavor rather than alcohol, it goes down fairly easy and creeps back up on you! Yikes... Massively hopped I found out later.. [ I would plan to age it to mellow out the hops in future.] 8/3/4/3/12
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 5, 2003
I guess I'm not man enough for this beer, cause I couldn't finish the whole bottle. Very powerful tastes of licorice and raisins with some caramel. Pretty caramel color also. Just too strong for a beer, but it is barley wine after all!
Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Pours a thick, dark amber. Little head with some splotches of lace. Malty aroma with a touch of molasses. Complex and intense earthy bitterness. Thick and slightly sticky. I don't taste or smell much alcohol but I can feel. Oh man, can I feel it. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Re Rate: 7oz '98 Vintage..Most of the same rating from below still applies, but hops are suppossed to mellow with age, not this variety. A huge hope bite, with a nice malt character to back it up, but the hops linger on the tongue ong after the first sip is taken.
Yummy, black like the devil, roasted sweet and slightly peppery. Very strong alchohol in the flavor. Extremely dark, and full-bodied, complex and slightly overpowering. Just do not drink it on a hot day. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Color is a murky deep mahgoney with a vey thin fizzy, dark ivory head, leaves a thin ring and minimal oily spotty lace. Smell is heavy, dark and earthy malts and hops with a heavy tangyness and strong alcohol late. Taste is heavy, hefty amounts of dark roasty malts, smacked of dark, fat, earthy hops with solid tang and quick bitterness of woody pine and lingering heavy dryness. Full bodied and heavy, with sharp hop tones and texture. This may be a little young yet, I have three bottles left and I'll let em age some before opening the next, a definate revisit. It did get easier to handle as it warmed, but was still a major sipper. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark amber with transparent red, beige head with a lack of lacing. Aroma has alcohol, hops, and morning after sex smell. Flavors of strong alcohol and sweet hops with a bitter finish. I love how Rogue's beers always match the character on the front of the bottle, excellent job on matchin this one. This is a very straightforward BW with everything right but nothing special. I can't believe this has 120 IBUs! DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark amber color. Had a sweet and malty aroma. Very malty sweet flavor with a medium hopping. Basically it is just a bold syrupy malty flavor.
Enjoyable but the flavor could have been better. Maybe aging, or increasing the hops. A little unbalanced. I really enjoyed the alcohol induced warming effect that it had on my stomach.