thedm (5001) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this was the worst of their beers. The aroma was obnoxious to me. The head was mixed with large and small bubbles. It had a heavy taste with an after bite and an initial taste that I could only describe as off. The color was very nice deep caramel brown and you could not see through it. GF did not rating it but preferred to get another Robert The Bruce instead!
Terminus (3308) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmmm... Barleywine! Dark reddish black with a light head introduces you to this great barleywine. The strong combination of flavors mask a high alcohol content. So complex that it could take a life-time to figure out all the flavors on your own. Goes down smooth and is the best sipping beer for a winter night.
omhper (20446) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus!!
Clear red, small head. Very roasty hop aroma. Sweet and resiny. Softly malty, but still feels light, despite it's gravity. Flowery and citrusy. Syrupy bitter finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2584) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-brown color with a light haze - expectedly small head and light carbonation (appropriate to style). Rich malt aroma with caramel and fruit (pear and fig), but mainly caramel, with peppery hops. Full round sweetness and lip smacking lingering toffee like flavors. Resiny and peppery hop flavors with a lingering mild bitterness. Alcoholic strength is definitely apparent with a chest warming buzz, but generally speaking its well masked for an 11+% beer. Beer becomes sticky and sweet, almost syrupy, towards the end - a bit unattractive in a barleywine, and indicative IMO of under-attenuation, perhaps the yeast pooped out in all that alcohol.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2003 Holy sweet malty hops! The signature 3Floyds Hop pops in and out of this thick and candied mouthfeel reigning in any potential syrupiness. The alcohol warms and gives this dessert beer a mature, port-like sensation. A great beer to drink while pondering life. Eddie G- thanks again!
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good red color along with a malty smell and underlying hop aroma. Alcohol evident but still hidden pretty well for 11%. Good sweet flavor that is still balanced with trademark 3 Floyds hop character. I don't really consider myself a barley-wine fan but WOW, 3 Floyds has done a good job with this brew. A must try. Thanks again EddieG.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super grapefruit aroma with a bit of cedar, resin, and salty malt. Vinous notes (concord grapes) alcohol, brown sugar, toffee come out on warm up. Sweet yams and brown sugar on the taste that finishes bitter and warm. Beautiful brew. Thank you hopsrus...
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 This beer MUST be allowed to warm to thouroughly enjoy what it has to offer. Deep red with a cascading head as you pour. Not shy with the hops but balanced superbly by a massive malt presence. Toffee, pears and spruce come through in the flavor that stays with you for what seems to a whole day.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Mmmmm, let this one roll around in your mouth for awhile: so velvety smooth, warm hops along the sides of your tongue, thick sweetness down the middle. When you finally swallow, feel the warmth travel slowly down your throat. Finish is dry with some peppery hops. This is #800 for me, on my first anniversary of rating here, I hope that I can find more beers of this quality in the future.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 (Hand-bottled from tap):
Vibrant hop vitality in this Bigfoot-like biosphere...Bounteous port-wine lagoons and blackberry groves garnish this pillowy resinous bedrock...A sweet cough syrup memento heralds youthful overexuberance...A wilderness adventure so rich and balanced that for the moment of the rendezvous, you might actually believe that hops can taste like berries...Many thanks once again to hopsrus...4.5/5
Voluminous raspberries and cranberries are candied to sweeten this fruity hop wine...Malt is slender (hope it doesn’t hinder its aging potential), and carbonation is low even for the style...Alcohol burning fits with the resinous hops flavor and bitterness, but the rather thin mouthfeel makes the heat a little too obvious...A splendid effort, full of charisma, but maybe still too immature to yield masterpiece sagacity...4.1/5