IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Solid all-around. Great aroma, plenty of hops, but well-balanced with the maltiness. Felt real nice going down with a bit of a warming effect. Need to get another
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscuous (sp), this has a very thick feeling in the mouth. Not as hoppy as I remembered it. Me turning into a hophead?? Anyhow a nice bitter sweet finish. Good stuff here. Had to have another just to be sure..
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 I am working on getting them all, so if you have anything before 1995 or 96, 97 or 98, BeerMail me. I like that it appears to be available in most finer stores. Last tried the 2004 version and it was just as fantastic as the previous.
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.