Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very fat beer, a little rough on the throat, with all that alcohol. Aroma of brandy and sugar and a slightly grassy taste. Definitely in baby liqueur territory here with all that raisiny, brandy flavour.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Deep amber color with a small light brown head. Malty rasin and alcohol aroma. Strong malt and alcohol flavor followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Could use some aging to smooth out the edges.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Bottle: The beer is a dark amber color. There was a bit of a head, but it went away almost immediately. There is a sweet aroma to it. It seems to be comprised of many different fruits. Also a hint of alcohol to the nose. It has a rich, sweet malty taste. Slightly syrupy, with a hint of alcohol coming through. Very rich and warming. I'm glad I let this sit for about a year to mature. Very enjoyable!
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice beer. Big in taste has a barleywine nose. Nice warming beer. Clear caramel color. enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. I like this much more than I remember, and it hasn't even aged. Maybe this years is the best yet, who knows. Clear carmel brew. Big Barleywine nose. Flavor is big and malty. Appropriate alcohol notes are there. Very enjoyable.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby weds terra-cotta in this head-shy monstrosity. the lace is dotty and temporal, and staggers home in an uncertain descent, numbed by the rising fumes of alcohol. the nose is candy-bar caramels and scotch malts with rose and praline, all trying to distract you from a vast open-air pit of alcohol. on my first sip, i involutarily said "ouch" -- but in a nice way. it was in response to a gentle but warning bite-- reminding me to take it slowly. as a brassy liqueur of honey and the resin of ancient vanilla trees, it's convincing-- but that sharp-toothed carbonation confirms it's a beer. like an ipa is a celebration of hops, this libation is a fine celebration of the too -often denigrated but essential component of beer: the ABV. here it is, dominating the lightly citrus heath bar flavors and moderate bitterness. the demi-bourbon puissance lifts the hops right into your sinuses. like the maligned hunchback of notre dame, this monster has far more nuance and sensitivity than the brutish form may suggest.
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003: Malt and vanilla nose. Really thick syrup type of palate. Had a tobacco, pipe, smoke, wet cigarette taste. Didn't notice much of the alcohol. Nice thick flavors.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE: 2003 bottle at blind tasting hosted by kp cellar: Nose seemed a bit medicinal and soapy around the edges. After 4+ years it still seems too young and brash. I am not holding much hope that this beer will improve over any more time. AR -2, AP +1
Original review(3.4): 2003 version, thanks Joe for the tasting: Amber hue with a small head and almost no lace. The aroma made up for the appearance. Nice spruce, floral hops, toasted malt, doughy yeast, apple, smoke, vanilla, smoky and lighty alcohol nose. The initial taste was sweet, fruity and had a dusty undertone, unique! Then I got a biting acidic and alcoholic finish, a touch rough but should smooth out with age. Despite being rough around the edges, this brew was still easy to drink for a Barley Wine and should age gracefully over the next year or two. If you have a bottle of the 2003, I recommend letting it set for a spell.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 Millenium bottled edition - released by UncleJimbo.
Nice clouded dark caramel chestnut brown with a thin, soft, fluffy, momentary tannish head, lace fleeting in semblance if at all. Aroma is pretty full and packed with a good amount of darkened fruits, raisin, plum, fig, black currant, and cherry with a brandy-like alcohol misting off and covering the overall quality with notes of horse blanket mustyness, leather, and ethanol. Taste is pretty smooth and mellowing, malts are ample, warming as hell, whew...lots of warming in this one. A little too much for me on this one. Flavors are malty sweet with dark fruits of raisin and plum, with notes of cherry, low sweetness, a bit chewy in the finish which was nice, some caramel comes through. A very slight hop bitterness comes through as well. But overall the flavors are a bit short lived in appearance. Would like to have it roam around some more before it decides to fade, which it does a bit to quickly. As it warmed it gained some length, which helped me enjoy a bit more. Feel is pretty darn creamy and soothingly easy, smooth, a bit gripping near the middle, builds like smoke, but mildly biting overall with some light chewyness. After each sip I swear I was breathing fire out my nose. What an amazing effect. Whew...this is one barleywine that messes with your head. Boozy, potent, warming, "monster" sipper...whew... I need to sit down... I don't know if I'll be able to get back up. Wow. I'm done.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big malty hoppy aroma. Head was fairly short-lived. Clarity was only fair. Tasted Monster 2000 in Nov. of 2003 but it still had plenty of higher alcohols. Hard to believe but it still tasted "young."