LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Every year this beer knocks me off my feet. I have yet to find a better Barleywine. Fruity, malty, hoppy, sweet...this beer has it all. I can't say enough about it.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one has a clear, dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is fruity, slightly hoppy, has a decent bit of malt sweetness and is very tantalizing. The flavor is very smooth and quite malty upfront with a lot of fruity notes. The finish is lingering and slightly bitter from the hops. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts, this is an exceptional brew. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor but you do get a nice warming sensation. Very nice, smooth, and easy drinking for its strength. Thanks to ConiseurofBeer for the bottle.
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice...on the strong side with the fruity flavor and bitterness (not a bad thing here), but it's a good, heavy sort of brew that should satisfy those looking for something more than fratboy garbage. Well worth the case price, too. A very fine brew, indeed.
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 (4148) - 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 (743) - 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.