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RATINGS: 1635   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Luxuriously rich in character, this warming winter ale delivers over 10% alcohol in an oh-so-seductive manner. Deliciously fruity flavors lie under a bracing hop nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Poured this right next to a Lagunitas Gnarley Wine and they looked identical. Tasted pretty similar too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
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'.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
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.

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