BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice appearance. Poured a dark copper with small, tan head. This beer is a hop bomb. A virtual hop bomb. Start bitter and finishes bitter with a smooth middle. Very good.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful appearance; the color, head, and aroma- it temps you to gulp it- along with its 9.5% abv label. Nice mix of hops aroma and malt flavor. My favorite barley wine yet. Nice work Sierra Nevada!
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2005 bottle (I have put-up a 6-pack and am looking forward to drinking it in a year!). Slightly opaque, dark copper color. Small, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Hops & citrus aroma. Wonderful taste (if you, like I, prefer, the more hoppy American version of barley wine) - full, complex, hoppy taste with nice slightly bitter finish; very little taste of malt. Deceptively drinkable as the relatively high abv is not apparent while you enjoy this wonderful beer. I only wish that Sierra Nevada brewed this beer all year long.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Man, this beer came at me hard the first time I had it. It was fresh, 2005 run. Hoppy smell with a sweet malt behind it. The hops were incredibly harsh and abused my palate, leaving me needing a glass of water. Very rough, bitter hoppiness to it. Solid barleywine, but I wouldn’t call it English.
Three days later, I came across a 1996 keg of Bigfoot on draft in Monk’s Cafe in Philly. The hops had been significantly moderated. It no longer felt like my tongue was being punched in the face. Much smoother, but still sufficiently bitter. Great beer.
Simply amazing hop profile. Harsh at first, but after a few months of warming up my palate, this is easily my favorite barleywine, and in my top five beers. I don’t understand how this missed top fifty here.
Tmoney99 (13461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown color with large frothy tan head. Aroma was complex fruit, malt and hoppy tone. Flavor was as complex with malt and fruit with a bittersweet long finish. Good brew.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a dark amber pour with huge amounts of white head..the 12 oz bottle filled my 16 oz glass. aroma is very sweet and fruity with tones of hops mixed in. i was expecting a lot of malts with hops on the tail. what i found was a huge hop flavor with malt tones in the middle of the mouthful and a huge hop aftertaste. the bitterness was not too bad, but i think it was too much for a barley wine (i would expect it in a IIPA). if i were putting this in a category, i would call it an IIPA with extra malt. the body is very crisp and has a nice solid mouthfeel. overall a very enjoyable beer, with a great taste and some nice quailties, but i still wonder about its genre.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A IIPA disguised as a barleywine which is cool with me. Aroma and taste are mostly strong US hops with some malt. Nice bitter finish. Good stuff.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark reddish brown with small creamy beige head and lots of lace. Aroma is fruity and grassy. Flavor is malt overun with hop bitterness. There is more than that though, there is some initial sweetness and the malt lingers under the hops through the finish. Not overpowering at all, just tasty as hell. I will be getting more of this.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE: Poured flat with little head. Carmel opaque color. Nice lacing. Heavy pine hoop finish.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep amber with a medium white head. Sweet hoppy and barley smell to it. Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time just like I think all Barleywines do. The palate had a real nice feel to it being dry and syrupy at the same time but a simple uninteresting aftertaste. Good barleywine but not as good as a lot of the ones I’ve had.