jazz88 (2680) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Rating #1 Tap at brewery (6,4,9,3,17). Dark red/amber color. Very smooth. Red fruits. Brown head. Alcohol comes through. Re-Rate Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival of the 1996 vintage (8,4,8,5,17). Mahogany color with a light brown head. Dark fruits with plenty of malt and some chocolate flavors. A little grainy. Re-Rate - Bottle of the 1995 vintage (6.5 oz bottle) (7 3 7 4 16). No head, brown color. Port wine aroma and flavor. Smooth. The hops of its youth are gone, and in its place a malty chocolate wine like finish remains. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Upfront Malt, Hoppy finish wy brown/red color. Warms you up nicely iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 750 mL bottle, black ceramic, likely 4 or 5 years old: pours a wonderful garnet with a light brown head. Overly sweet aroma with loads of citrusy floral notes. The astringent hops have still not gone away, but it is much more bare-able. Palette has thinned to the point of being watery. Not bad...I over-rated this beer many years ago. Nov 2010: 3.5
The crazy mixture of flavours was a nice experience for me. I am not sure if ’sweet bitter’ makes much sense, but that is the only way I can describe the flavours I tasted. Oct 2002: 4.1 argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Draft, 2/12/12. Lightly hazed amber body, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, grapefruit, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, resin, some caramel, light raisin. Medium-full body, resiny. 7/4/7/4/15
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
(10/24/02) Muddy brown body with no head. Aroma of strong sweet maltiness and alcohol, some bitterness in there too. The hops jump to the fore in the taste, pine and grapefruit, pine and grapefruit, pine and grapefruit. Fairly sweet. Healthy alcohol flavor too, with a dry finish. 7/3/8/3/15
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 7 oz.bottle , whew....... Hugely Intense hop aromas, mindblowing hoppiness, bitter, grapefruit, and warming. This BW goes perfectly with a Cuban cigar, flavours complement one another, this is a Love it or hate , and I Love it.Now that I am about finished it time to say good-nite Gracie. IBU's are off the charts for this Barley Wine, be careful, be very careful,Recommended in small doses only!4.2 Rating. Re-rate 96 Vintage Keg at Gravity Head @ Rich O's, wonderfully aged, the harshness is all gone and what is left is a complex, smooth unique BW, I have never even heard of a Keg that is 7 years old.This is something much different than the few bottles I have had, Credit to Roger Baylor for putting together a great event like Gravity Head.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 2001 Bottle: Pours a murky, dark brown color with a small, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a thin bit of foam around the edges of the beer. It has a strong aroma of hops and that characteristic Rogue smell, probably from the yeast they use. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is hoppy but has plenty of malts that contribute a nice grape like flavor. The finish is sweet at first, but then the hop bitterness kicks in and a slight alcoholic burst floors your tastebuds and throat. Well, this ale is nothing short of magnificent! DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
Caramel and raisin aroma. Hazy plum colour, no head. Treacle toffee, caramel, prunes and homemade wine flavour(s)
Big, full mouthfeel, bitter. A fair Barley Wine. Thank goodness for these small bottles, I sampled four Rogues today. Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
GABF 2002: Deep orange/light amber colour. It’s hard to pick up the flavour intricacies in this one since it is so over the top intense (plus I sampled it at the GABF amongst many other heady beers). It starts with perhaps some toffe and caramel heading to a bitter/warming finish. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Wow. This barleywine is a hop-head’s delight. Pours out to a dark amber color in the glass. Aroma is nice, with that hop-nose you know is a preview to that hop taste. Literally as complex as a beer can be. So many tastes were going through my mouth that I couldn’t really put a finger on just one. Raison, molasses, and a slight sweetness that give way to this ’in you face’ blast of hops. If there is a hoppier beer out there, I haven’t had it yet. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2002
1999 bottle. Opaque dirty-brown color, small but lasting slightly off-white head. Nose intensely fruity/hoppy with hints of currants, apricots, brandy and allspice; delightful but rather punchy. Flavor: certainly the hoppiest barley wine I’ve had, and this at 3 years! I don’t think this would be drinkable fresh and new. There is a noticeable malt presence, mostly caramel and liqured fruit, but it is nearly overcome by the intense bitterness and alcohol. Long very bitter finish. I expect it to be rounder and smoother in a few more years; at the moment I’m in the middle on this one, glad I had it but not sure when I’ll be brave enough to try another.