argo0 (12937) - 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 (5450) - 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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottled on 11/03/02) I poured this beer with the utmost care and the result was a big pillowing head and thick lace. The nose is very fresh and green, with an abundance of grapefruit and Pacific Northwest hops. The palate is very full and flavorful with a lot of fruity flavors most noticeably pineapple. This barleywine is very hoppy, but not overdone. I get a lot of earthy hop flavors coupled with pine and citrus fruits. The beers malt foundation is solid enough to stand up to any cold night. The malt comes out more as the beer warms. Old Horizontal’s finish maybe the highlight of the beer. The finish lasts for about 15 minutes, leaving one with lingering goodness of sticky hops, fruity yeast, and rich malt. On the whole, Old Horizontal is one classy barleywine that is a must try for big beer enthusiasts.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity spicey nose, hops are evident. Thick creamy beige head. Deep ruby hue. Chewy and robust, firm malts are perfectly balanced in this medium to full bodied brew by big flowery hops. A terribly smooth barleywine, remarkable and one of the best of the style.
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 2 year old bottle. Excellent head from the pour that stuck around for a little while. Very floral/hoppy aroma with loads of caramel and sweet malts. Sort of a hazy dark mahagony brown in color. Thick and chewey palate. Loads of caramel, sweet malts, bitter hops, and roastyness. Big alcohol presence that hits you up front and lingers for a while. Seems bigger than 11.0% which it states on the bottle. Great balance in this brew. Very hoppy barleywine. Finishes sweet and bitter and alcoholic. A great drinking experience.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JAN 2, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 This is truly the best barley wine I have tasted yet. It was smoother than Immort. I definitely need to get a some of this and age it.
Good hop flavor and excellent fruit flavor that hides well in this brew. The alcohol was hidden well enough that a few of these in a row and you"d be in trouble. ;)
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured with almost no head. Nice easy drinking barleywine with just the right amount of Victory hop flavor.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2003 Update: The fresh hop character of this beer is tremendous. Brings the big barleywine to life. Excellent.
Nice big beer. Aroma of Amontillado. FLavor of blackberry, graham crackers and Amontillado. This is just so fine.
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Somewhat hoppy. Brown in color and translucent. Taste the hops, bubblegum or candy, and some fruit and spice throughout. Possibly a slight floral taste as well. Not as strong tasting in the alcohol department as I would have expected. Powerful nonetheless. Definitely worth trying and recommended to barley fans.
RERATE: Vintage: Bottled on Jan 06 01. Clouded rust. Small tan head. Nose is more creamy rich malt now than hops, however, the hop profile is still there, albeit diminished. Toffee, citrus fruits, cotton candy, alcohol, and hints of honey. WOW! Taste is mostly caramel, sweet creamy malts, strong sugary notes, alcohol and mild hoppiness. Body is surprisingly mellow and leaning towards syrupy. Light alcohol warmth and a mild lingering stickiness. Finishes with light alcohol and hops followed by more toffee, sugar and creamy malts. I REALLY liked this but it seems to be hitting its peak even though itís only 4 years old.