oRos (965) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at california 10k event. Pours ruby with not much head. Taste was sweet dark fruits
AWISLguy (1011) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle from Discount (which seemed to sit in the same place for a year), cellar aged 4 months, served at cellar temperature. Pours an orangey brown with an off-orange head leaving some nice streaks of lace. Aroma has sweet fruits, whiskey, caramel and oak. Taste is of caramel, sweet fruits, some nuttiness, whiskey, light pine. Medium to full bodied and sticky. Finishes oak-y and sweet with some alcoholly length. Hops probably gone, this was very barrel aged barleywine-ish, with the fruit and caramel, with the whiskey being the strongest part by far. Should’ve picked this up and enjoyed a couple of years ago. If nothing else it made me want to pick up some barrel-aged Bigfoot.
mverity (218) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber brown with a bit of orange. Medium tan collar and the head was either non-existent or faded so quickly that I didn’t see it by the time it was handed to me. Aroma is boozey, really overly woody, brown sugar. Medium body and very low carbonation . Taste is of raisin, toffee, and some of that woodiness present in the aroma. Taste is more of a barley wine than grand cru.
ACD (564) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle. Hazy reddish brown, very thin off-white head. Thick raisin and caramel on the nose, decent red fruit and pine - unmistakable SN character. The taste is big on the caramel and pine, some light boozy oaked notes, plenty of vibrant grapefruit left in this. Crunchy caramel malt. Bit of harsh booze near the finish. Lingering spices and pine. Really bright hop character in this is so surprising, very enjoyable.
flannelnomad (42) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this 750ml while in Reno for 12 bucks, so I figured since I’m on vacay, I’d go for it. Pulled the cork with a nice deep pop followed by whiskey aroma pouring out the bottle. Pours with a nice light beige frothy head that stays about a quarter inch in the glass with un-uniform bubbles. Pours a beautiful glowing dark amber/cherry juice color. The aroma is great- whiskey, oak, cherries and dates, candy sugar, vanilla, christmas spices and alcohol. At first sip the first thing I think is that this thing is still pretty hoppy for being about 3 years old. I don’t know how Sierra Nevada does it, but their able to preserve hops so well in their high gravity beers i.e. Bigfoot aged for a million years is still hoppy. Anyway, tastes like caramel, christmas spiced hops, vanilla, oak with a hint of whiskey and dried dates. Fairly boozy and nicely hoppy. I thought that the hops from celebration and pale ale would oxidize this thing but I guess the barreled Bigfoot did wonders. Probably peaking, the hops got a little skunky as it warmed up and I think this is as enjoyable as the you can ask for from such a weird grand cru blend. I don’t know if it was the best blend SN could have concocted, but thoroughly enjoyable. If anything makes me super stoked for my barrel aged Bigfoot! Fun to try- an only need to drink once type of beer.
AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden copper pour. smells very bitter. like raisins and pine cone.
The bitterness is insane. lots of raisin and and pineapple. tons of tropical fruits. very resinous and full of citrus. perhaps the most juicy aged beer I’ve ever had. ABV is in full force. spices like cinnamon
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:3 year old bottle spit with Dave on 12/31/2013.
Appearance: Pours a dark non-opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, light booze.
Taste: Caramel, some oak, faint hops
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: A really interesting brew with some age on it, combining the aspects of the base beers. Tasty.
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle form Adams cellar. Ruby color with a crazy amount of head lacing the glass. Deep ruby color. The nose is still full of hops even after all this time. Dry hopping gone wild. West coast pine and light citrus with caramel and toffee. The blend of this brew is a bit odd. The dry hopping and the fresh pale ale portion of this beer really should have been consumed fresh. Dead hops float through this brew. Caramel and light hints of pine. Still a good sipper but I bet this peaked two years ago. Not a good brew to cellar. No doubt this was crazy good when it was released.
volbeerman (20) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged approx 2 years, Pours with a crimson caramel color with a thin white head. Celebrating New Year’s Eve with a delicious chewy brew, hence the short review. Happy New Year!!!!!
curepute (105) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber no head. Burnt sweet toffee nose. Sweet, boozy, bitter, that runs down your tongue and lasts a while.