TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 2002: Average appearance with minute lacework. The aroma is full of alcohol, phenol, cotton candy, light hints of almond and coconut, toffee, candied malt, cinnamon, and brandy. Absolutely zero hop character. Subtle malt flavors and preceding burnt malt bitterness and artificial sweetener. Garrett should be ashamed of this lackluster example.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barley Wine is not for me. The alcohol is just overwhelming, I tend to like strong beers, but this one overdoes it. Has some nice maltieness with hints of plum and a generall fruitienss, but the alcohol is dominant throughout and leaves a strong mouth feel. Although all it takes is one bottle to warm you up on a cold Massachusetts night. re-rate: I rated this as I drank, a mistake I rarely make, and as it has warmed its improved (it might just be the alcohol clouding my judgement) but the maltienss is prevailing over the alcohol and I am very pleased. I will have to try this one again to confirm, but right now I am rather pleased.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally broke out a 2002.It is quite the pour. Great deep reddish brown color. As it warms it loses a little of the alcohol fire. Maltiness reigns over a great barleywine. I wish I had another aging....
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This, from what I can remember, was way too alcoholic and very astringent. I would have to get this at a good price to try it again.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 I tried the 2002 Monster ale. Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick off white lasting head with some spicy notes and alcohol accents. Sweet caramel malt flavor with fruity and spicy accents and a touch of alcohol. The finish is woody with a touch of hops. Full bodied, tingling on the tongue and warming.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow quite the malty barley wine. 11% i canít believe it. almost too much itís hard to imagine
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 Vintage. Pours with no head. Cloudy dark honey/golden color. Medium strength nose with winey, citrus and sweet malty notes. Palate is somewhat on the lighter side - crisp carbonation. Unique flavors of bittersweet malts, roasty licorice and a bit of honeysuckle flower - also had some metallic flavors in the beginning. Smooth finish which really masks the heat. A decent barley wine with flavors Iím not exactly accustomed too.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I find it amazing that even in a beer with as much malt flavor, hop character and high alcohol as the Monster, that the Matt house character still comes through. Still, an excellent barleywine although the bottle Iím tasting now suffers from a slight oxidation problem. Odd, since itís a 2001 and thereís some yeast in the bottle. Iím a big fan of the Brooklyn beers, but give me a pint of any of their beers brewed locally and poured on draft over these contract bottles.
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2003 2001 Vintage:This beer had a nice malty profile followed by a nice hop finish. I feel that it is a bit small for a barley wine style for my liking, but overall it was a good beer. I just re-rated this beer, because I just had my second bottle that has been aging for another year. The malt profile has held up really well. Sweet and fruity. The hops are hidden well in the backround, but for an English style Barleywine, this has aged wonderfully. I highly suggest finding one.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage: had in a brandy sniffer. Iíll bet this beer would be more suitable to a nice cold winter evening, but even in the hot summer this still hit the spot after a long night of drining your average brew. About the same as old horizontal except this one is a little lighter in color and not as sweet. This had a nice hoppy initial flavor with lots of sweetness throughout the beer. Very drinkable despite the 11+% abv. Slight sherry flavor and aroma, but still lots of hops. No head whatsoever. Still, a great barleywine that should be enjoyed at the end of a fun filled beer drinking occasion. I have another that I think Iíll cellar for at least 5 months and try again.