Cobra (1100) - - MAY 25, 2003
2002 Batch. 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours out a deep red- copper color. No head at all. Slight ring of bubbles around rim of glass. Very aromatic, smells of dried fruit, caramel, leather, and hops. Centennial hops make their presence well known, even before the first sip. Definite Chinook hops finish to it. Piney, resinous, but not citrusy at all. Coats the old tongue quite well, thank you. Syrupy and thick on the palate. Still young and grassy, and needs aged for at least 2 or 3 years before it'll be ready to fully enjoy. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
2002 Vintage. Dark amber/brown with a small beige head. Sweet candy like aroma. Flavor of caramel malt and HOPS! Very hoppy and bitter, redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
2001 bottle. A reddish color with a small off-white head. Aroma of English hops, port wine, and a slight amine. Not a good sign. The hop bitterness is at the front with some sweet malt in the background to give it a chewy feeling, but the more I drink this the more an amine flavor comes out. I think this is still green and I do not think it will change with age as the unpleasant taste will always be there. goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2003
2002 bottle. Pour is deep hazy mahogany, thick bubbly tan head, mostly diminishing to leave a little lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity, vinous, hints of alcohol. Flavor is strongly sweet, chewy maltiness, and then come a brutal hop attack that would probably make most wince. Body is full, alcohol becomes more present as it warms up. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Pours a thick, syrupy, hazy, dark brown/mohagany; very little head but nice lacing. Nose is of intense malt, hop, light caramel, yeast, alcohol,a and a faint whiff of chocolate. First taste is intensly bitter and roasty, but not Irish stout roasty. The malts definitely are not dominant in this one, at least not for now. Caramel does have a little to say about the flavor of things, but not much at this point. It's fairly well balanced, but it is definitely toward the bitter with a hop flavored finish. Very full bodied and slightly astringent from the amount of hops used. Carbonation is on the lower end of the scale and it also has a alcohol kick in the mouthfeel. This is the first time I've had this and expected more from it, but I'd like to try it again after a few years of cellaring to see how it ages.
Panzuriel (2256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
Dark brown with a nice white head. Hoppy fruity aroma. Good Dry fruit hop flavor with a hint of fruit esters. Alcohol is evident in flavor. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Good Finish. JorisPPattyn (10005) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2003
Hazy dark chestnut. Virtually no head – whatever is there, is brownish. Nose of brown candi sugar and patchouli (!??!), later hops and (sorry!) seaweed. Taste is very malty, a few sweet, and a lot roasted/bitter malts. Hops, too, not very noble or subtle. After a while, the bitterness gets medicinal (quinine-like) in character. Chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is there, but masked. Bittereffect just goes on and on. But I’m missing some – any – refinement. I’ve had better in this style. This just hopes to punch. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 13, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2003 Hazy deep amber-brown. Small moca head. Rich sweet aroma typical of barley wine. Flavor starts tangy, rich and sweet followed by a nice hop bite and finishing dry and hoppy with a long mouth watering bitter aftertaste. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
Dark amber color, so much so that light barely passes through it. Not much as far as head goes on this one. Smell is the sweet, somewhat typical aroma of barley wine. Nice bite on this one initally. Much like the rogue imperial stout in that respect, however this diminishes much quicker. Which is where the malts and hops fill in. Rather nice flavor from the malts that leads into the hopy finish. sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003 does not count
2002 tasted in Apr 2003. Red w/ small orangeish, tan head. When held up to light it appears cloudy (can see tiny particles suspended --after all it is unfiltered). Aroma is hoppy w/ slight citrus. Big, bitter bite w/ just a tinge of citrus; the bitterness is the taste that lasts. Can taste and feel the high alcohol content. A long hoppy/bitter finish. Definitely big.