beerbastard (690) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale hazy copper, with a lasting head that held on the sides of the glass. Interesting nose, a lemon like hop that stands out over a mild chocolate coffee aroma. This has a vanilla sweetness that balances with the hop bitterness. A long finish that starts out sweet and ends dry. The alcohol becomes evident as it warms up during the tasting. A different beer, I love it, because it has a lot of things going on, but it is almost in a class/style of its own. This seems common with all of the hair of the dog beers.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great cloudy orange color with huge foamy head. Taste of bread and yeast, sugar and malt, hops and spice. I did not get the barleywine taste that some of the others report, just a lot of alcohol typical in a tripel.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2003 great beer. hybrid between a standard malty barleywine and a belgian tripel.
aroma was sugary and alcoholic.
taste is a wave of malt layered with spices , raisins pepper and a big hop tide.
very complex and tasty-
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty decent barleywine, very tangy on the tongue, nice cloudy copper color, full bodied, the head just overflowed once out of the bottle, very well balanced
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 (7811) - 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 (7929) - 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