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, I’d expected more malt and complexity for this big a beer after five years. A good beer, but it didn’t make me want to break open the ’99.
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. I’ll 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 it’s in a small bottle. I’d 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 ’Not my kind of beer. It has a strong flavor, its interesting, but its not something I’d want to drink much of. It has a strong taste.’ Now, I pretty much agree. This beer is just too much. It just has too much hops, it ruins the beer for me.
legion242 (2306) - 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 it’s alcohol, this beer will raise your spirits high.