Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A much smoother barleywine than Bell's Third Coast Old Ale- not as hoppy either. The hop, however is pronounced enough to balance the fruity sweetness nicely. Old Horizontal is top notch. I need to have a barleywine-off between Horizontal, Bell's Third Coast Old Ale and Three Floyd's Behemouth. Based on memory I'd give it to Three Floyds since their crazy hops are the best I've tasted.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 I rated this beer when I first started drinking/rating beer and I gave it a 1.4. I guess I needed time to work up to and fully appreciate how good this really is. Wonderful sweet complex earthy aroma with that yummy warming barleywine flavor. Great stuff.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not an overhopped Barleywine but still pretty high. Interesting fruit aromas ... apple or pear? I can't be sure. Rich reddish color that made my mouth water. A winner.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured this right next to a Lagunitas Gnarley Wine and they looked identical. Tasted pretty similar too.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
How i have lusted after thee! And boy was i not disappointed. I need to get a case of this stuff! The aroma is amazing. Very fruity with hints of melon, peach, and berries. Just a touch of hops in the nose. Flavor: DEAR GOD this is smooth. Melon, peaches, strawberries, finished off by a dose of hops. Just amazing! Perhaps the most drinkable barlywine i've ever had. I need to have a taste off with Bells' 3rd Coast and 3F's Behemoth to determine the grand champ of the barleywines'.
boto (1898) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Draught @ Victory: Nice reddish color, poured with a small head. Big sweet, fruity aroma, and the alcohol is well hidden. The taste just warms you to your feet. Some hoppiness with the malts & fruit. Also, I get a hint of roasted and chocolate malts. It might have been better with age, but why wait!
7-2-05: Had vintage 02 and 03 brews on -tap at Victory. This beer is absolutely stellar. Without a doubt, the 2002 was the best of the lot.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours into the glass with a beautiful red body topped by a medium thick off white head that leaves a good amount of lace behind. Slightly sweet malty aroma with fruity accents and a good hoppy notes. Sweet malty flavor with fruity accents and slight alcohol notes. The finish is bitter and hoppy. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming. A great barleywine.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber, tight off white head. big hops, citrus and cararmel on th nose. very nice mix of orangy fruitiness, butter, tangy hops and mild alcohol. very nice.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good barley wine. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice malt flavor with a bit of hops. Hides the alcohol well.
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I WAS NOT IMPRESSED W/ THIS BARLEYWINE. WHILE I AM A HOP DEVIL ADVOCATE, I WANTED MORE MALTINESS TO BALANCE OUT THE HOPS...TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND TOMORRW, CREEPS IN THIS PETTY PACE FROM DAY TO DAY....I'M MISSING THE SWEET COMPLEXITY THAT I SO ENJOY IN A STRONG ALE.