ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber with nice head. Hoppy citrussy aroma leading to a nutty flavor with a lot of caramel. Long bitter finish. Big mouth feel and soft carbonation.
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Bottle. Fantastic aroma and outstanding apperance - light-brownish head on a dark-golden, reddish body. The most hop-flavored beer Iíve ever tasted. Very reminiscent of grape-fruit as well with an extremely long and bitter finish. Mouthfeel the íhoppiestí Iíve tasted so far, just about makes your whole throat contract! Overall a masterwork of a beer that grows on you the more drink. I LOVE IT!!
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is a big barley and hoppy beer with a lot of character. Actually, this brew gets so grating in aftertaste that itís almost difficult to finish this one off. Thereís an orange and a bitter sticky malt and a definite caramel to it all... but this one will rip your buds to shreds. Not for the faint of hop.
screigh (670) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep red-brown. Head was a light brown. Slight head remaind for the entire beer. The aroma had a slight hop smell. Has hints of fruit and a slight hop finish. A warming feeling from the alcohol. This is my 1st barley wine experience and I do like it.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chestnut brown, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, and very hoppy. Taste is ... full, malty and hoppy, with an alcohol bite. A very good beer
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with medium head, great caramelish aroma. Nice and hoppy like a rabbit. Nice fruit mix. Balance is great but the alcohol is just alittle much for me at first. Ater a while it settles down better. I think im just not a huge barley wine fan. But the beer is definetly crafted well.
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nose dominated by a cornucopia of tantalizing fruit and with an outrageously hoppy bite, this is one mean barley wine. Not at all what I expected, but all the better for it. A wonderful surprise from Sierra Nevada.
joergen (26190) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Redbrown colour with a small beige head.
Nice aroma with lots of hops and sweetness with notes of fruit and alcohol.
Sweet flavour of fruits and lots of hops.
Long bitter finish.
eblackmanicus (4) - USA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a huge fan of barley wines, but it is hard to find someone that can get it right. Sierra Nevada gets it right. Beautiful color and well balanced, this intense beer is smooth, but at the same time gives you a nice kick to the face. It warms the belly and the soul. Nice and floral flavor, but with a heavy malt kick. Nice to drink in the winter or summer.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I recently enjoyed a 2005 version of this beer and it was a little unexpected. The flavors caught me off guard at first, but after a few sips I understood what it was trying to do. I like the balance of hops and malt in this beer, seem to be well done! Has almost a floral taste to it and that signiture sierra nevada initial bite. The smell of this beer is perfect, one of the best iíve ever smelled! Iíd say it was a good first barley wine style for me.