hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is heavily hopped with notes of fruit and nut. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly sweet. Nut flavors. Finish is bitter. Very good.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 2004: After a rerate, this is actually a tad bit too hoppy. Just tons and tons of bittering hops. One of the best looking barleywines, big head and lots of lacing, super-dark amber color. I don't remember last year's being so bitter, maybe that's new this year??? Still very good, but could probably use a lot of time to mellow out.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn my shit was fucked up after drinking just 3 of these..super nice and crisp had the vintage 2002 it was a bit chilled and just perfect poured a nice white head and a creamy yellow body good for sipping or just getting plain pissed
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is definitely not for the weak. It comes at you like an angry junkyard dog. The barleywine style is not for me, I like something that sips a little easier, such as, well anything else.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003: Cloudy and ruby orange. Nice thin white head with better than average lacing. Nice fruit and hoppy aroma with alcohol tingling your nose on a deep sniff. Taste mainly hops. Wonderful thick malty body. Alcohol is noticable when swallowing.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very fruity malty and hop infested beer the taste it makes my nose hairs bleed just smeling it.i had 4 of these one night and i tought i lost my mind oh wait i think i did
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was just way too hot, could not get much olfactory or gustatory sensation beyond the ethanol tidal wave. It was a 2003.
egajdzis (5656) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 I tasted the 2002 and the 2003 side by side tonight, so I will give an overview and note some differences. Both poured a ruby amber color with a small yellow/tannish head that left alittle lacing on the glass. The 03 had a strong aroma of hops, grapes, and alcohol while the 02's aroma was much less noticable, but it certainly was fruity. The 03 tasted still way too bitter, nice hop bite, had a slight red wine taste (hence barleyWINE style) and a warming alcohol presence. Whereas the 02 had already began mellowing out nicely while still being fruity and hoppy. My conclusions: the 03 is still too young, so I know for the future, glad I have 3 of each year left.
Rerate, 2004 sample, I needed to bump this up a couple points. This is a super fine, hoppy barleywine. Very enjoyable.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shallow fruity malty aroma, smooth raisiny taste, but then comes that big wave of alcohol kickback. You can't chug this stuff. I slammed a couple because we were late arriving at a Brewers tailgate and the aftertaste was horrible. Will try it again when I have more time
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer, alot of punch, enojyable, but only a few, anymore and the 19.6 proof can start to hurt. Wonderfully deep taste, as well as a deep aroma.