KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typically well done brew by Victory. This beer has a nice balance and gets better as it moves to room temperature. Not as hoppy as big foot, but probably a better balanced beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'll go along with nstal with this one. It looks, smells, and tastes very much like Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine. That is a good thing. Very sweet aroma, apples, pear, maltiness, and some alcohol. The flavor was very sweet as well...very fruity. The alcohol was well hidden until the finish where it showed up as a nice warmth in the throat. Yummy.
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Meduim amber in color with a floral, alcohol nose. Very sweet flavor of dark brown sugar, burnt caramel and subtle butterscotch notes. Great balance as the sweet trails into a strong hop bitterness. Great all around barley wine. Many thanks to ConiseurofBeer for this bottle.
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 (1921) - 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.