SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 Officially one of my favorites! This heavenly brew pours a deep reddish brown color with a light brown rocky head. As the head diminishes it leaves a slight ring that spawns beautiful lacing with each tip of the glass. The seductive aroma of malt, alcohol and bold hops invites me to drink deeply. As I succumb, I am granted the carnal pleasure of rich toasted malts, surly, uncompromising hops and an alcoholic bitch slap that combine only to arouse pleasurable sensations of a sort I've not experienced since I first tangled with an Arrogant Bastard. This barleywine is full bodied with light carbonation and a long puckering finish that just leaves me wanting more... If this is Hog Heaven, then all I have to say is, “oink, oink!”
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish red with a small beige head. Smell caramel, hops, and citrus. Taste hoppy and astringent.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You wouldn't know this is a barley wine at first taste. Intense hops and a sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a damn good brew and what may have encouraged Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, popped open the bottle and I'm leveled with the intense hop aroma, murky amber with nice sized head. taste is of citrus, floral with some pine notes expertly balnaced with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. similar to bigfoot but even more balanced, and the hops are a little more restrained but only slightly. a wonderful beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
burgundy with an absolutely thick head with lots of lace. resinous/piney hop nose, hoppy yet not over the top. resinous lasting hop flavors. incredibly hoppy yet the hops dont come flying out like they do in bigfoot, better balanced
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber.
Pours out a deep copper color, with a fast fading head. Hops aromas hit you first, then the sweet malts kick in. Fresh, grainy aroma to it. Smells like Chinook or Nugget hops used in it. Tastes of hops at first. Piney, resinous, floral tasting. Nice malt backbone to it as well.Fairly well balanced, but leaning towards the hops side.
Coats the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. A pretty good barleywine in my opinion.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 This should be called IPA Dark or Barley Wine VS. IPA. It's really unique. It's mostly an IPA, but has a little darker, fuller malt. This is a very good surprise. RERATE 092904: I bought this again to see if it would be like Hop15; a fruity and malty double IPA. It's kind of like that, but it's just a little more on the side of the barley wine scale barley. It has that fig flavor along with a lot of hops. I think it would be very good with some age. Aroma does remind me of hop 15, but has just a little more fig and caramel instead of tropical fruit. This has has just a bit more bite. But you know, the two are very similar. Hop15 is a lot better to me though.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber body with an off white frothy small head. The aroma is of hops, grapefruit and pine. The flavor is bitter and very hoppy up front with that grapefruit flavor. Not any malt sweetness like the side of the bottle suggests. I don't understand what people constitute as a barley wine. This takes like an IPA. It is good, but when I buy a barley wine I expect something different than this.
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This strikes me as more of an IPA than a barley wine. The aroma reminds me of some kinda weed I used to smoke, which is not neccesarily a bad thing. Kinda piney. Nice ruby brown color, off white head with plenty of lacing. Wonderful hop flavor. Not much malt, but thats OK. Still not convinced this is a barley wine, but very good brew.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Aroma of an IPA. Citrusy and a little fruity. Dark amber in color, pour with a large head. Wonderful appearance. Flavor that would shame most Imperial or double IPA’s, with both citrus and a carmel malt taste. I waited a long time to have this one, I don’t know why, but Stupidity comes to mind. A true hop lover’s dream.