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 (5850) - 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 it’s only 4 years old.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hoppy, but more caramel-like nearly buttery aroma. Up front, very maltly, nearly creamy tasting finishing slightly more hoppy.
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 11/15/2002. A beautiful red color with a small off-white head. Very nice aroma, with hops of course but maltiness and some alcohol too. Rather sweet, very smooth. Lingers for a long time. Recommended.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Evening: 10 p.m. - 12/24/02 - the skies of Northeast Ohio are clear. 12/25/02 - 7 a.m. - Our daughter’s awake, ready for daddy to assemble the toys that Santa brought, and there’s 8 inches of snow in the driveway. So begins our Christmas day - we travel and visit and eat and deliver presents and eat and visit and eat and drive and eat and, finally arrive home safe and sound. I immediately grab this Old Horizontal (thanks V) and assemble more toys. Burnt orange - very clear - but bottle conditioned. Sweet fruits, strong yet gentle hops. This is 11%, but I don’t taste any alcohol at all. There’s not much more to say, this is by far the smoothest, most seductive barley wine yet.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am in love! This is great! Wonderful hop aroma and taste, balanced well with malt and fruit (peaches and citrus) By far the best Barleywine I have had. A 2nd only to World Wide Stout as my current favorite American beer. But this is 1/3 the price of WWS and more drinkable.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich hoppy aroma, strong taste of barley, hops and lots of alcohol. Some vanilla and fruit undertones, but the alcohol was just too dominant.
Holdwine (1140) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I marked this higher because of what they were trying to do. Maybe I got into an uneven keg, but the alcohol was overpowering. It was not masked as other barley wines have done, but right there burning all the way. Yes, it looked nice, and I could tell there were fruity undertones just rying to get out. But they were trapped.