mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Yeasty fruity apricot aroma.Dark orange chestnut appearance with full rocky head.Bubbles shoot up the sides of the glass in slow motion.bitter hoppy fruity flavors of peach apricot and strawberries.Thick mouthfeel.Balancing hops and pepper at the finish. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Copperish brown body, nice tight light brown head. Nice lacing. Rich malty, earthy aroma. Flavor of malts and toffee, lots of hops in the finish. Well rounded and very drinkable. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 10, 2003
unsurprising mix of sweet, fat malt and lots of american hops. warming and quite smooth but i still think it's pretty overrated temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2010 Bottle. Pours quite dark but certainly not opaque. Sweet caramel aroma, maybe raisins. Somewhat vinous. Flavor is deep and complex, it just hints at a roasted finish, but it fades so quickly that I’m not sure I tasted it. As rich as it is, it’s not cloying at all. A very complex, sweeter barley wine. Tap. Caramel malts with a light hop presence, very easy to drink.... Delicious. Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
A very cloudy brown/deep amber with a small off white head that quickly diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of caramel, plum, apricot, vanilla, grapefruit and a hint of clove. Medium thick syrupy creamy palate that briefly coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Huge flavor of caramel, plum, some citrus, pine, raisin and spice. An excellent beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2821) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Cloudy (yeast) red-brown color. rich creamy thick head. Rich caramel aroma with dark fruit (persimmon) and dried leaves. Extra smooth and filling in the mouth, huge body. Rich full malt, caramel and med fruit. Heavily hopped. Spicy and lightly citric hops. Resiny chewy feel through the finish. Reminds me of Bigfoot but smoother with a more balanced, more British hop bite. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
Dark amber with hints of violet. Small creamy white head. Big aroma of sweet cherries, grapefruit, port and peppery alcohol. sweet and fruity flavour, hints of black currant, sweetened cherries and chocolate. Turns into a grapefruity finish with some alcohol. Exremely full-bodied. Long and warming finish. Brilliant! matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Two of RB’s greatest are to thank for hooking me up with this beer, both BigBadBear63 & Indra, both guys Kick Ass!!
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Vintage 2000: Thanks to BBB63.
Pours a deep murky amber / brown body, with a small rocky cream colored head, big sheet of lacing drape the glass. The aroma is persistent with malt, outsized fruity notes, plums, watermelon, fig, & tangerine, other obvious suggestions of, caramel, clove, grapefruit peel zests. The flavor is a mass of malted caramel and citric hops, complex indeed!
The finish is rather sharp, a colossal kick of intensely sweet then illustrates into a bitter camouflage, truly unique….. Palate is creamy and supple, gasps of alcohol warm my esophagus and stomach on the chilliest day FL has had this winter.
Amazingly well crafted brew.
Cloudy caramel color with a thin creamy head. Slight pineapple aroma well paired with english toffee. Lightly carbonated. Sweet elements dominate the body, balanced nicely by a slight hop bite. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. As she warms some of the bitterness gives way to the malty goodness. Complex finish that seems to linger on and on. Oh how this would pair with a fine Honduran cigar. BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark amber color with off-white half inch head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is strong of malt yet balanced well with hops. Bittersweet. Dry almost spicy finish. Very nice, warming, barleywine and likely will only get better while it ages in the bottle. I'll have to hold onto some of these.