steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 I had one as part of my three beers at the 3Floyd's tour. This is fantastic. I could probably drink one throughout a week and still enjoy it. It's so strong too and the warmth it generated inside myself was anything, but that ugly behemoth as a mascot. I wish I had more than one. And I will, for some better notes.
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...what an incredible Barley wine. Great flavor that improves markedly as the beer warms. Beautiful coloration, a nice subtle hoppiness...excellent!
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Re-rate 3/11/07. Bottle. Lovely, hoppy aroma. Beautiful, slightly hazy dark red. Tan head. Smooth. Hoppy. Strong, wonderful. Bite creeps up; subtle. I’m a little surprised by it’s subtlety; hides the 12%. Great balance. Excellent. 8/26/03: Draught at GTM. Very rich, hoppy, bourbonish aroma. Reddish yellowish in color. Very attractive. Thick head. Small bubble. Incredibly attractive. Very rich, almost orgasmic. Extremeley good flavor. I had two of the best beers I have ever rated on the same day from the same 3 floyds tent at the Great Taste of the Midwest (3 Floyds Alpha King being the other). Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 10, Pal 4, Ov 19.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, FFF, Ratebeer Summer Party 2k3. Big northwestern hop aroma. Big caramel malt flavor. Dryish finish. Excellent.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. My first thought was that it would go good poured over french toast. Very dark, thick sweet candy with enough kick to burn in it's impression all the way down. Somehow it all comes together to be enjoyable, though atypical of the style from my experience.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery: Light brown with a tan head. Piney hops and alcohol aroma. Sticky mouth feel ends really sweet. Too sweet if you ask me.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft): Black body with creamy small head. Aroma is big hoppy -- herbal/floral. Taste is sweet strong sticky, heavy malty, big hoppy, some herbal. Sticky, extra-full body.
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hefty aroma, dripping with caramel, pine, flowers, spices and citrus. Dark copper color with a very fine, creamy, uneven head. Massive dosage of hops here and VERY sweet, thick, syrupy maltiness, more caramel and bitter, juicy, resinous hops. Some balance is achieved although everything here is present in astounding quantities. Long, lingering, bitter, alcoholic, spicy finish. Would have been better had it not been served to me just a little too cold and in a cheap plastic cup. You'd think the brewers would know better.
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated at RB 2003. Thick creamy head, brownish. Sweet and juicy malts with hints of caramel. I found a bit too heavy. Vintage probably would taste better.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Rerate 2002 batch: As aged wonderfully with a deep fruity and vinous quality. The hops are now subdued with the framework of the brew and it is a behemoth but more graceful that ever before...
On tap at Brewery. Multicolored hue of red/brown/orange with a average sized head and good lacing. Full bodied. Breathtaking aroma of smoke, brown sugar, grapefruit, molasses, dark bread with a hint of roasted malt and nuts. Sweet taste with a moderate level of alcohol, smooth for a beer this big. Syrupy and soft mouthfeel. I’m not the biggest fan of barleywine, this one could change my mind.