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RATINGS: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2003
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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2003
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 :)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
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!”

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Brownish red with a small beige head. Smell caramel, hops, and citrus. Taste hoppy and astringent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2003
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 16, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 This should be called IPA Dark or Barley Wine VS. IPA. It's really unique. It's mostly an IPA, but has a little darker, fuller malt. This is a very good surprise. RERATE 092904: I bought this again to see if it would be like Hop15; a fruity and malty double IPA. It's kind of like that, but it's just a little more on the side of the barley wine scale barley. It has that fig flavor along with a lot of hops. I think it would be very good with some age. Aroma does remind me of hop 15, but has just a little more fig and caramel instead of tropical fruit. This has has just a bit more bite. But you know, the two are very similar. Hop15 is a lot better to me though.


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