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 (1941) - 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.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The perfect beer to halt the progress of doing my taxes! Clear ruby/caramel/amber with a moderate beige head. Aroma full of caramel and malt (biscuit)with light hops in the background. Alcohol evident but not strong. Wonderful sipping flavor - malty sweetness with caramel lushness. Well balanced by hop bitterness. Creamy at first with a full, thick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth and leaves a lasting flavor of caramel and hops. What taxes!
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an awesome Barley Wine. in the group of friends that was tasting it we had several different ideas as to what to call the aroma. i was the odd man out, as normal, and had to call it a jack-o-lantern aroma. it reminded me very strongly of the smell of pumpkins with candles in them. there was a strong malt backbone and the hops gave just the right spicing to create this sense. the copper boy held a surprisingly good head at these alcohol levels. the flavor i found to be pumpkin like as well. esters run rampant, hints of diacetyl. the rich maltiness aded to the sense of the full bodied feeling and the fresh hop flavor accented the caramel flavors just right.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2000. Im sure I'll be rating this one again because this doesn't stand to the previous ratings. This barley wine seemed to be unbalanced flavor wise.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a wispy tan head. Nose is filled with cherries,vanilla and just a whiff of alcohol. Big malty body on this one, almost toffee-ish. Wonderful rendition imo. Full bodied not to much sweetness and abv is expertly hidden. Thanks to tar for this one.