fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 I was disappointed here. Had this right after Behemoth for a style comparison and it wasnít even close. Darker body than I am used to in a barleywine, and completely headless. Malt flavor improved as it warmed, but in classic Rogue fashion, this beer is way overhopped for the style. Sometimes they can pull it off but the last thing I need is a barleywine that isnít hopped right. Alcohol flavor fairly well covered but the hops annoyed my palate. Balance it out fellas!
Re-rate 11/10: Huge and hoppy, with deep caramel maltiness. Hops overpower. Rating confirmed.
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
í98 version: little to no carbonation present, dark copper in color,light lace on glass, hop aroma minimal but very present in the taste and it works well with the maple-like malt flavor, finish is warming and dry from alcohol content and pack a wallop of hop bitterness and flavor.Smelling this for the 2nd time, more of the malts are evident: roast and maple/raisin notes evident. Best when aged for no less than 3 yrs, otherwise out of balance when young.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
What the hell IS this? It tastes and feels like industrial strength suntan lotion, with intense bitterness and hints of charcoal, citrus, and, on good moments, cedar and sherry. Just too much going on in here and not much of it pleasant.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A really huge beer. Complex flavor profile - very little bitterness. A little medicine-like and astringent. Not bad.
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
1997 bottling, drunk on 1/23/02. Definitly mellowed with the age. Some nice toffee and molasses flavors in the malt. The hops had faded quite a bit. No hop aroma and the bitterness was a bit harsher than I expected. Maybe some of the smoother alpha acids deteriorate faster than the grittier tasting ones.
Some oxidation was present, but not bad considering it was a five year old bottle.
Alcohol flavor was present but not overwhelming.
Overall, Iíd expected more malt and complexity for this big a beer after five years. A good beer, but it didnít make me want to break open the í99.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Do you like hops? If not, don't try this! I love hops, this might just be my favorite Barley Wine/Beer, and Yeah that Alcohols real apparent isn't it?... Good, thats the way I like it. Soothing and madeira-like. Would've given it 5 stars but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for something better!?!?!?!
re-rate: Man has this changes a lot over the years. Same with the Imperial Stout. There just not what they used to be. Thinner, less hoppy. Dissapointing.
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.