JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy citrus aroma. About the same bitterness as Bigfoot, but a little maltier and sweeter. Not as sweet as 3 Floyds Behemoth. Taste some fruitiness. Bitter, sweet finish. Mighty good.
jaymobrown (1783) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ah wonderful nose. I could smell this one all night. The taste follows up rather well. Many wonderful complexities in here. Warming sensations with deep robust tones. Lovely.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Like an Old Nick from Young"s, but with better balance between sweet malt and classic noble European hops. Plenty of malt and plenty of hops, plenth of caramel and toffee sweetness, with a clear slam of fresh bitter cherries. Interestingly, we both tasted cherries, but were assured that, just as with the V10, there is no fruit or fruit juice added to this beer. At just under 11% the warming presence of alcohol is very obvious, but the perfect balance can hide it and make the beer deceptively easy to drink. This is not a session beer. This is not 'one for the road.' As the name and the label both suggest, you drink this and then you go to bed! // Rerated Dec 8 and I still agree with most of what I wrote before. Balance is wonderful for a barley wine, but there may be just too much alcohol presence and fruity shrillness for my taste. Hard to fault them ... they are signatures of barley wine ... but they are not my favorite tastes in a wine. That said, this is a beautiful barley wine and, having had one, I am certainly going to bed.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very intresting, yet very strong barley wine. Very strong bite and you can definetly tast the alchol. Flavored everything else that I had all night.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Mellow, sweet, fruity aroma. Vanilla, cherry, apricot, even pineapple. Burnt orange color, slight haze. Dissipating head leaves traces of lace. Velvety slick on the tongue, full body coats the mouth and throat with big, rich flavors. Apricot, pineapple, vanilla, peppery alcohol. Quite sweet, but balanced nicely by the tang of the hops (which do well to hold their own up against a malt backbone like this) and the alcohol bite. Finishes sweet and very warming, again with the hops struggling to maintain their presence. 12 ounces of this is a lot and can easily be savored over the course of 2 hours or so. Thanks to urbnhautebourg.
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sweet and fruity at first sniff. Caramel and vanilla, mellow and malty. No hops. Bit of alcohol and some other nice aroma I canít name. Ruby-brown clear with thin veil of tan lacing head. Smooth and silky. Like velvet in your mouth. Low carb and heavy body. Starts sweet and malty, can feel alcohol on your tongue like a red wine. Vanilla, caramel, spicy/peppery. Mellowness desists and some of the hops comes through in a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Nutty after - dry. Warms the belly. A really nice beer and barley wine.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 Perfection in a Barley Wine, Nick gets extremely close with Behemoth ( You Rock Nick )Smooth clear concise Barley Wine, hoppy, sweet, refreshing, an Oscar performance,deep rich fruits, complex flavours abound. This is the future of many beers, mindblowing, crisp taste. Clean as a whistle. I would drive hundreds of miles for this.I waited months to try this, and it was even more than I expected. An absolute Winner, a Champ and Extremely Recommended,thanks notalush!
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque burnt orange body with minimal tan head. Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet/strong malty, with strong alcohol presence. Intense sweet/hoppy/alcohol surge at the first sip. Mellows slightly as it warms, giving you the opportunity to note the good malt backbone, but all the essential barleywine elements remain intact. Finishes with a pleasantly warming alcohol burn. A fine beer!
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Owwwwchhh!!! This bottle had been sitting in my basement for around a year and its packing quite a kick. Not that 11% ABV wasnít enough kick to begin with. Very nice floral/hoppy, malt aromas. Pours a reddish-orange with hardly any head to mention. Same flavors as I notice is the aroma. And oh yes, alcohol, but not in an unpleasant way whatsoever. Very pleasing to the palate and suprisingly drinkable. This beer is improving as it warms. This has been one of my least favorite styles, but this is certainly the best Iíve had of this genre. Iíve finished...now Iím going nighty night.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled Nov 13 02. Orange/amber color with a few proteins floatinf about. A smaller, but respectible for this style, light tan head. Aroma of cascade off the top, with a touch more malt and alcohol as it warms. Sweetness on the front of the tongue followd by a sharp hops bitterness, with the tongue further assulted by a sharp alcohol kick in the finish. Light fruit flavors followed by fermented raspberries. Changes all the way through the sip. Alcohol distract just a bit too much for this to be world class, but awefully close.