lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bitter and metallic on the back of the tongue, aroma is very faint and malty, very brilliant copper color, typical barley wine... good but not great.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Spicy, peppery hoppiness sagaciously rises from a compelling cereal sweetness the likes of which this taster hasn’t perceived often enough...Maple syrup allusions and definite caramelized rye tango with tangerine syrup and dried apricots...Triple sec-like alcohol warmth flirts with the balanced bitter finish, and one gets one of the most characterful Barley Wines the brewing world has ever produced...
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange- old gold, slight haze. Thick, yellowish head, stable. Nose gives candi sugar. Some hops. Strange odour - not really cat's pee, rather human ditto. Very hopbitter. Underlying sweetness. Hop dryness stays for a moment, then the sweetness emerges again. Good balance. Creamy mouthfeel. dry, but nowhere as dry as Duvel. "Golden special ale" conjures up Duvel clones to me. This could never bbe mistaken for one. The colour (much darker) aside, the hopbitterness singularizes it as... typical American. Yet I think Eckhardt can be proud. Shame about the nose.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding; malt sweetness tempered by loving application of all those hop varieties, so many flavors (really earthy ones, like wet dirt, iron, squished worms on the sidewalk after a rainstorm, fresh flowers after the same rain)...all intermingled in a lighter than expected (in color and palate), huge-headed barleywine masterpiece. Delicious.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW...what an excellent pick for #300!!!! Batch #36: This beer absolutely encompasses just about every aspect of a beer that i am looking for. The pour is simply beautiful..one of the top barleywine's a beer appearances in general as the colors co-ersced into a brown, orange, cherry and yellow amalgamation..super cloudy with this super creamy tan/beige head..it was quite a marvel to look at. The aroma was very vivid with wood, vanilla, caramel malt, chocolate, hops, brownies, cake frosting, cinnamon, and fruits becoming readily apparent...i was finding new stuff in the aroma for at least a good 6 minutes before i even took a sip..and despite it all, not one hint of alcohol in either the taste or the aroma...how in the HELL they hid 10% is beyond me!!!!! The taste is just top notch....hops soothe the tongue amidst a super sweet barrage of vanilla, peaches, caramel malts, honey, cinnamon and brownies. This thing is so goddamn awesome its unbelievable. Nice use of carbonation...fairly light and not overdone. Very very sweet barleywine..a sweet barleywine style is really starting to grow on me. Im damn impressed!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So they called the version I had Fred from the wood due to the oaken aging of it. Glowing orange color with a full inch of head. Mild spice on the aroma. Spices and alchol harmonize nearly as well as the wilson brothers. Impressive
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a rich brown body with a creamy but quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing that also quickly dissipates.
Tons of hops in the nose. Big smells of malt too but it's almost 100% hops. Some of the raisin/alcohol is apparent too.
Very complex flavors going on here. Very sweet maltiness and raisin is tempered by the huge hop bite. Very floral hop bite.
Smooth and drinkable for how big this beer is...
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good barley wine. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, and malty.Finishes smooth, clean, and slightlt bitter. Abv is also well hidden. Recommended.
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lighter yellow in color with a fine head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Mild malts. Light and fluid mouthfeel. Good flavor. Slightly sweet. Alcohol kick. Very strong beer. Good thing it was a small bottle.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a bright golden color almost orange. Has a small white head. Smell kind of fruity. Can definitely taste the alcohol.