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Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 12 16 4 8 2010
2002 Vintage - Big 750ml dark green bottle with a silver foil top- pours out to a magnificent deep russet brown color; great color, very leathery and deep with a thick light tannish head thats fluffy and lays down to a skim always present, mostly lasting through consumption and fades some to a thin ring, lace in thin sheets at first but then becoming spots later.

Smell is all heft! Lots of thick malts, rich, caramel-tastic, darkly sweet and deep, some fruitly darkenedness with a heft of hops as well with piney resin thats highly floral and sweet. Nice alcoholic warmth much like a brandy over the top in the aroma as well. Yum! Aroma-rific!

Taste is mellowing smooth and warm with a good amount of deep and thick malts, a bit chewy and lightly roasty sweet, good caramel and fainted earthyness, some darker fruits show through with plum and fig, some mango, all showing the true front of a barleywine; malty! Hops then come in with a super fine and resiny bitterness thats quite easy to handle and has some light pineyness and deep floral notes. Seemed to lose some complexity as it warmed, it really mellowed out. The mellowness made it much more easy to drink, but the enjoyment level dropped some though as far as the flavor punch.

Solid soothing medium body feel with a smooth creamy lingering chewy finish with some warmth hidden well but acceptable in its presense of what is traceable amounts mostly coming through the nose. A nice mellow BW, some longer lasting body and flavor and this would stay year round in my fridge, not that it wouldn't now, I can't really get it here in MN, otherwise if it was I would.

Served In: Goblet