egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Draft 1998 (5.5 years old – 7/25/04) Very malty and harsh alcohol. Dare I say past its peak? I enjoy 3 - 5 yr olds best. 8 5 8 3 15 rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Draft 2000 (3.5 years old – 5/29/04) Simply Incredible!! Amazing malty and fruity nose and palate. Lightly hopped still. This is downright incredible, I love it!!! 9 5 10 5 19
Draft 2001 (2.5 years old – 7/26/04) Red amber no lacing. Intense nose. Taste of caramel malt, cinnamon, vanilla, and cherry skins. Soft sweet and malty, with warm alcohol. I love it!!! 9 4 10 4 17
Draft 2002 (1.5 years old – 7/26/04) Lightest of the three I had tonight though also the cloudiest, still with no lace. Malty and spicy with a harsh alcohol. 8 3 8 4 16
Bottle 2002 (1 year old – 11/13/03) Poured a cloudy brownish reddish color with a small yellowish tan head. Strong but sweet dark fruits, interlocked with a nice hoppy nose. Huge malty and hoppy taste. Fruity grape aftertaste, with alcohol being barely noticeable. Very fulfilling for this freezing November night. 8 4 9 5 17
Draft 2003 (8 months old – 7/26/04) Deep copper color, and a sweet aroma. Hoppy and husky dark fruits and malts. This was too intense when young, and I stand by my theory at Old Horizontal at 3 – 5 years is amazing!
Rating reflects samples tried pre-winter 2004. Once they switched to the new brewery, the Old Ho seems to be nothing more than an ordinary, run-of-the-mill barleywine.
The nose is predominantly apples or cider with some citrus undertones. It looks hazy in the glass, like a shaken martini but far darker. Fruit and hops that linger on the tounge. Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Malty and alcoholic in both aroma and taste. There are also plenty of hops all the way through as well. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottled Nov 15, 2002, Sampled Oct 27, 2003motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2003
An amber color, it is a little bit hazy. Appears to be lightly carbonated, and shows a tan head when roused in the glass. The predominant aroma is of Sherry (a bit of oxidation has happened). There are sweet hoppy notes as well. The tasted is not as oxidized as the aroma would suggest. The flavor is lightly sweet, quite a malty beer at this point, though there is a hint of the hop flavor left in the beer. It is still pretty bitter in the finish, which helps to balance the sweetness well. The body of this beer is not overly thick, which for this beer is good. I can't wait to get a chance to try a fresh version of this.
shared this with duff and eczematic and like both of them i think i was slightly past my rating peak by this stage. a huge amount of flavour - melon, vanilla, sultanas and a fair bit of alcohol coming through. perhaps a little too heavy on the citric hop attack, it just came a little too early for me as i was still enjoying all the rich malty flavours. but i'm starting to get a little used to this kind of american beer and would like to try this again soon
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Pours a very cloudy amber with a large off white head. It has a strong caramel aroma with grapefruit, apricot, pine, molasses and ginger notes. The taste matches the aroma, with strong sweet fruit
flavors backed by a pine hop bite. The alcohol is very well hidden. Thick and syrupy on the palate with a decent amount of carbonation. An excellent beer. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Pours a dark amber with very little head. The aroma is of whisky and the flavor is carmely/fruity with little afterbite due to alcohol content. Moderatly hopped with thick mouthfeel. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This pours from a bottle similar to a light syrup. The smell is very hoppy and full. The taste is quite powerful of fruit and hops. The alcohol is not at all noticeble (until you drink the second bottle). harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 This is exactly how I like a barleywine to be. Not sweet enough to be cloying and not so much alchohol that you can blow fireballs after taking a sip. The pour in this one is is dark and hazy with a little bit of head. Very rich with a full mouthfeel that is sweet like candy, but balanced out by the fruit flavors making it just right. aracauna (3604) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
This is a barleywine that isn't too sweet and isn't too hoppy, although it isn't quite hoppy enough. The fruitiness and surprising drinkability for a barleywine make this a pretty tasty beer though.