AleDale (4) - USA - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had the pleasure of doing a vertical tasting of this fine beer. Began with a fresh batch, wonderful raw hop flavor, in your face. Then a 9 month batch, more mellow. 18 months old, very nice, much more mellow and refined. The 2 and 3 year olds were fantastic. Problem is, I can't keep them that long!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Under the spell and pull of the radiant and boisterous Bigfoot sun, this translucent burgundy planet reflects pink grapefruit and neat yeast onto its hefty pine troposphere...Pine bark and pine cone bitterness attract bold yet elegant hop pepper from a silky licorice stratosphere...Up above in the thermosphere, obviously, alcohol heat is felt, alongside an orangeberry hybrid sweet bitterness...Upon departure, the exosphere is marked with astringent and bitter traces of tea leaf concentrate...
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, no beer poems from me. But this is a fine barley wine. Color is a mahogony red, almost no head, but the most amazing lacing I have ever seen. The glass looked like a window that had been sprayed with white "snow" like it had been decorated for Christmas. The beer is caramel sweet and malty, hides a huge alcohol punch, but finishes super hoppy bitter and astringently dry, both unusual for a barley wine. Should come in 8 ounce bottles, not 22 once!
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With minimal foam and a fresh, sweet aroma that lessens and a pretty reddish amber color, this is a fine and subtle barleywine. It's hoppy, and hits your tongue with an initial bite. It's not heavy or syrupy like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. It's really quite good, but not my favorite - California has Colorado beat this time :)
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 Officially one of my favorites! This heavenly brew pours a deep reddish brown color with a light brown rocky head. As the head diminishes it leaves a slight ring that spawns beautiful lacing with each tip of the glass. The seductive aroma of malt, alcohol and bold hops invites me to drink deeply. As I succumb, I am granted the carnal pleasure of rich toasted malts, surly, uncompromising hops and an alcoholic bitch slap that combine only to arouse pleasurable sensations of a sort I've not experienced since I first tangled with an Arrogant Bastard. This barleywine is full bodied with light carbonation and a long puckering finish that just leaves me wanting more... If this is Hog Heaven, then all I have to say is, “oink, oink!”
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish red with a small beige head. Smell caramel, hops, and citrus. Taste hoppy and astringent.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You wouldn't know this is a barley wine at first taste. Intense hops and a sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a damn good brew and what may have encouraged Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, popped open the bottle and I'm leveled with the intense hop aroma, murky amber with nice sized head. taste is of citrus, floral with some pine notes expertly balnaced with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. similar to bigfoot but even more balanced, and the hops are a little more restrained but only slightly. a wonderful beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
burgundy with an absolutely thick head with lots of lace. resinous/piney hop nose, hoppy yet not over the top. resinous lasting hop flavors. incredibly hoppy yet the hops dont come flying out like they do in bigfoot, better balanced
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber.
Pours out a deep copper color, with a fast fading head. Hops aromas hit you first, then the sweet malts kick in. Fresh, grainy aroma to it. Smells like Chinook or Nugget hops used in it. Tastes of hops at first. Piney, resinous, floral tasting. Nice malt backbone to it as well.Fairly well balanced, but leaning towards the hops side.
Coats the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. A pretty good barleywine in my opinion.