fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little hoppy for the style. Can be sharp in younger versions. Best to age for at least a year or two to allow for mellowing.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first barleywine i ever tried was Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I hated it, and continue to this day, to hate it. I have been hesitant to try any other West Coast barleywine, thinking they would be overhopped or just repulsive. After reading some of the reviews of this beer by some of the top raters on this site i honestly dont know why i decided to order this at the bar tonight. However, i was pleasantly surprised. There was a strong bitter, hoppy aftertaste for only one sip. I found the flavors of fruits, grape and plum, to dominate the hops. Iíll take this any day over Bigfoot.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 20, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
big hops, port-like flavor - good thing itís in a small bottle. Iíd like to try it after five years of aging.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Oooooh. A lovely barleywine. Very strong, with complex and deep flavors. Very smooth at first sip, with an aftertaste of very intense, concentrated hops, perhaps a few too many. Have been sitting on one for a while, will see how it is after mellowing.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2001
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
On 4/1 I said íNot my kind of beer. It has a strong flavor, its interesting, but its not something Iíd want to drink much of. It has a strong taste.í Now, I pretty much agree. This beer is just too much. It just has too much hops, it ruins the beer for me.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might be the definitive fire-side beer. Warming with itís alcohol, this beer will raise your spirits high.
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2001
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very Strong. I am not a big barley wine fan
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2001
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is of the Trappist grain...the taste is very spicy and actually kind of rough when cold, and the palate suffers throughout the drink. But, as it warmed up, the flavors really started flowing.
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2001
0.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is a BAD beer. I like some Barley Wines, but this had no flavor - only bitter. What was with the excessive sediment? Dumped this beer down the drain. Was the í99 bottling.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 26, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Normally, I find barleywines a bit too strong for my likings but this one is very good. Not overly hopped, but still very strong. Served at room temperature, it has slight caramel flavors with a very robust mouthfeel. Mmmm, mmmm, good.