punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper pour with a dense, tall, off-white head. The aroma is deep resiny pine, some dark fruits, grapefruit, subtle oak and bourbon, toffee, caramel, and a little bit of peppery spice. The flavor has lots of big bitter piny hops up front, fading to creamy caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and oak and then again finishing with long grapefruit and pine notes. Creamy medium body with lots of carbonation.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at blue monk. Nose is caramel, piney hops, toffee, rich malt, alc. Flavor is glorious caramel & toffee with alcohol and large but very pleasant bitterness. Some dark fruit comes out towards the finish. Long lingering caramel & bitterness.
hapjydeuce (911) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at OBriens Sierra Nevada night in 2010. Tried alongside the other 30th Anniversary releases. Comparing this to the Sierra Nevada 30th black barleywine, it tastes even hotter, regardless that it has a lower alcohol content. This beer is an onslaught of the senses. Too much was going on here. Deep amber color with medium carbonation. Still after a minute or two. Nice caramel and toast aroma with spicy hops. Flavor is a gnarly strong ale blend. Difficult to tell where one beer starts and the other ends. Perhaps it was the oak-aged Bigfoot, but I found this beer to be clashing from start to finish. Not bad, just not well defined. Hopefully the experience is better out of the bottle, or 5 years from now when this beast has been tamed.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep amber brown with a medium tan head. The aromas are figs, raisins, shortbread. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and mildly bitter. On the mouth the is a little roasted chocolate not present in the aroma. This a great beer! Cheers!
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours brownish-orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit hops, grass, and pine. The aroma is very much like Celebration Ale. The flavor, however, adds much more depth. While still a very hop forward beer there is a noticeable amount of malty sweetness and some oak. Some toffee notes as well. This is great now but I think it will be even better with some age. Another well done beer in Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary series.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Large beige head atop lightly hazed copper body, dead yeast on the glass bottom. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, raisin, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet grapefruit/resin, caramel, some raisin, wood. Fairly dry finish. Resinous medium-full body, quite smooth.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Redish brown. Big floral hops, citrus, caramel malt and some berry fruit. Medium bodied. Herby hops, with hints of oak and pine resin. Finish is resiny bitter.
19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown clear body with a wispy thin beige head. Moderately sweet caramel malt body with sweet toffee notes. Slight earthy chocolate noticeable as it warms - along for the ride is some wood and very light spice.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours reddish copper with a rich beige head and a bourbon and oak aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with some hop bitterness and an alcohol trail.
Bricks (517) - Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was a little disappointed by this one. The aftertaste (probably from the oak) was simply offputting.