BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first BarleyWine. Wow. So many differewnt flavors here it was frankly impossible to sort them all out. The most dominant aroma I got was like a meaty dry dog food. Seriously. Frothy head. For me it would have to be one of those beers I'd enjoy for it's character and complexity, not as a refreshing beverage. I hope to re-rate this later on down the road when I've got more basis for comparison.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Hoppy,malty, with a touch of caramel.
PickettsCharge (89) - USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
a heck of a beer pours a slight lite brown head. Its dark dark smells like a strong beer cause it is. Taste has a bite in the aftertaste its a beer for a man. A man with hair on his chest. Drink two in a row and you are good to go
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden amber beer. Smells and tastes sweet, rich and tart. This beer makes me appreciate balance, no one flavor dominates but all blend to create a fantastic drink
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Citrusy, hoppy with a sweetish malty aroma, fruity esters resembling orange kept me coming back for more. I also picked out pale malts in all of this very complex aroma. Some caramel notes. Some alcohol in the nose as it warms.
Appearance: Reddish gold color, clarity good, small head.
Flavor: Citrusy flavors backed up by the sweet malt, and also the orange fruity flavor is present in the taste. Chewy pale malt flavor is awesome.
Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel with some alcohol burn but for the most part it is smooth and silky in the mouth. Carbonation is just right for style.
Overall: Excellent sipping beer, drinks like a meal!! Awesome!!
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a gorgeous ruby red/cranberry color, with a moderately thin head that dissipates quickly, except around the ages.
S: A very interesting scent, the beer almost smells refreshing, like a breakfast cocktail. Itís definitely sweet and makes me want to take a gigantic gulp, but knowing what lies ahead, I donít plan on doing that.
T: Woah. I was unprepared for the first sip and the almost overwhelming alcohol presence, sort of like a Jack & Coke thatís got flat/watered-down, or a zinfandel that someone stuck in the fridge. It has a very large boozy raspberry or cherry flavoring to it that Iím not sure about, perhaps as it warms...and yes, that is the case. The beer gets better as it warms (as would be expected). Lots of complex flavors to this one, though very little, if any, finish.
M: The thinnest barleywine Iíve had, itís gone from your mouth as quickly as you sip it. I actually prefer my barleys to be a big "bigger" in terms of mouthfeel, but this one actually helps the drinkability.
D: Once youíre past that initial burst of booziness, this beer becomes fairly easy to drink. Still not a chugging beer, heh, but not very hard to drink given the very high ABV. Iíd do more than one of these in a sitting.
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colour with little head; grapefruit, lemon and caramel aromas; sweetish/bitter taste with caramel, dates, citrus and pine aromas; bitter finsih with caramel, toffee and pine aromas.
A reasonable beer, but the malt and hop flavours clash in the mouth. Lacking complexity for a beer of its strength.
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this one last night. I didnít want a barley wine but I figured I needed to taste such a highly valued beer.
The Horizontal was amazing. It has a sweetness like from C20. And, if it can be said for a barley wine - well balanced. Not overly bitter.
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my all-time favs. Dark luscious caramel color. The aroma consists of a wild combination of nearly every fruit found in the western hemisphere. Going down, it is seductively sticky. The array of sweet fruits becomes apparent and the alcohol performs its warming effect. At about that time, it becomes obvious that this is an excellent barley wine. Not at all overpowering, but not for the weak. Really glad I stocked up on this one last spring!
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a yummy beer. The good news is I have four more. The bad news is they sat in my hot car for a week. Do you think theyíll be okay?