pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A huge beer. Big Cascade nose, but rather non-dememo on the bittering. Alcohol is noticeable, perhaps a little too much for my liking. Overall, a very good barley wine.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor. Great all-encompassing malt, quite alcoholic but not in an Old Stock Ale kind of way, good hoppiness (but not up to Hog Heaven status) - yummy, but I didn't like it as much as I expected
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 2003 vintage has a great dark amber color and aroma when poured. The head was very thin as was the lacing on the glass. I kept finding myself swishing the glass around like a glass of wine to see if this beer had good legs. However, this beer tastes more like a complex IPA than a wine. Science says that we all have a different number of taste buds but I can tell you one thing - this beer will wake up every taste bud in your mouth.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has a terrific aroma, and nice deep color. The taste profile hides the high alcohol content and has a great flavor. High hop flavor (maybe that's why I like it so much). This is one of my favorite beers.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I am rating this for now the 2nd time. I hate the beer. End of story. Please don't take my rating out of the system this time just because you don't agree with my rating. Barleywines taste like a combo of wine and beer....kind of silly isn't it? I flat out don't like this and find no need to describe a beer in great detail that I don't like. If RateBeer wants to take this out of the database, at least contact me so you can tell me what I need to do differently.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red in color. Smells very sweet. Definately tastes more like wine than beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 2005: OUTSTANDING! Caramel and candy cane hops and smooth as $#*@! This is as close to a session barley wine as one can get. Worth a rating uptick.
2003: This is by far the hoppiest barleywine I’ve had. From hoppy to sweet: Bigfoot, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale, Victory Old Horizontal. I place Three Floyd’s Behemouth in a class by itself as it is the most divine mixture of hop and sweet. Back to the bigfoot: great melony aroma that convinces you it will be smooth until the first sip and WHAM- those hops hit you hard. I’m sure it would mellow with age, but who can wait?
2002: Abrasively hoppy. Not as enjoyable.
2001: Sweetness is more muted than in 2003, more mature and quite smooth.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 2005 Vintage. Ruddy brown w/ creamy beige foam. Fruity, hoppy, citrus aroma w/ strong notes of toffee & caramel & earthy suggestions of oak & vanilla. Thick, chewy, sticky feel. Big, hoppy, moderately complex, well-balanced flavour w/ long, very bitter finish.
Aroma 8; Appearance 4; Flavour 8; Palate 5; Overall Impression 17; Overall Score 4.2.
2003 Vintage. Reddish amber w/ lovely finger of tightly beaded tan foam. Fresh, floral, fruity cascade/cascading hop aroma. Nice resiny, sticky feel. Very well balanced: lots of malt and an extremely bitter lasting finish. Yummy!
Aroma 8; Appearance 5; Flavour 8; Palate 5; Overalll Impression 17; Overall Score 4.3.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 version. Hoppy, orange aroma, deep orange colour, medium sized vanilla custard head. Robust hoppy, orange flavour. Wonderfully bitter. A marvelous brew to be sure, although it seems more like a top flight IPA than a Barley Wine. Thanks again JMerritt!
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Winter 2002 batch. Upon opening, hops aroma literally clubs you over the head. Faint grassy smell also noticed. Pours out a
rich amber color. A white, frothy head fades quickly, leaving some lace on sides of glass. Since this was my first experience
with this beer, I have nothing to compare it with, but it is a nice beer all the same. The hops are a little over the top, however, at
100 IBU's, most any beer would be. I've been drinking this since February 2002, and I've noticed small changes in it every
time I drink it. The hops are not mellowing out yet, but since I bought 8 cases to begin with, I'm sure I'll have some for years to
come to compare it with the newer batches. I highly recommend this beer, but it is quite expensive as beers in general go.