5000 (6182) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle pours a brownish red with a substantial cream colored head. Head is lively, lacing is adequate, body is thick. Carbonation moves ever so slowly from the bottom. First things noticed would be the sweet hoppy aroma, as well as the usual floral bouquet. Initial taste is of bittersweet carmel and pine. Mouthfeel is warm and smooth. At the end you begin to get a bit more of the sweet floral flavor, as well as a mild alcohol finish.   At 9.6% ABV, this one packs a Whallop! A very unique beer indeed!
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 edition-- dark red and brown golden color. it had a tangy aroma and a white head. there's a great drawing of bigfoot and two guys drinking on a log in the woods, under the bottle cap.
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a chance to do a vertical tasting of the 03 and 04 on draft at my favorite beer establishment, Papago Brewing. The 04 being new was more crisp than the 03 but I liked the smoother 03 better. Warning: Do not drink this beer unless you love hops.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 edition. Rich mahogany with a small, off-white head, mostly diminishing but leaving some nice lacing. Aroma of cherries and some alcohol, yielding more citrus and pine notes as it warms. There’s a hint of sweetness up front, but the highlight of the medium-full body is the hop character. Grapefruity and moderately astringent, with some initial pepperiness that quickly mellows. Nice, long, hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 1999 sampled 1/29/04. medium brown amber color. there's plenty o carbonation in this bottle. smells like a hoppy barleywine. nice and sweet... very well balanced with a dry bitter finish that lingers forever. tastes like caramel, nuts, tree bark. this is a very enjoyable beer. especially after being out in -10F weather for the past 6 hours. after half of this beer my face became RED HOT.
1998 sampled 2/9/04. holy monkey! i notice quite a difference beteweent the 98 and the 99. this is much smoother, sweeter. almost silky. is there alcohol in this? this beer tastes great... the bitterness has been toned down a bit.. the sugars saturate my mouth and leave it watering between sips.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lost of hops, lots of malt, lots of alcohol. Lot's of everything. This beers a bit over the top.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. I have had many vintages of this and it is always good, but it is even better in a keg. Murky orange with a blooming hop nose. Great balance to this beer with very citrus hop notes jumping off a strong malt foundation. Probably the easist barley wine to get and a good representation of the style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Had this on tap tonight at the local alehouse. Big frothy head with a downright dark red glow. Alcohol burns the esophagus all the way down. Excellent!
UPDATE 2/11/6: On tap. The 2006 vintage seems to be quite mellow this year. Lacks the burning hop bite and the glucose tolerance test of previous years. Historically, the aging flight of bottles in my basement still perform, so the score does not change from me. 2005 was strongly bitter and possibly one of the best. 2004 had a great explosion of fruitiness. What will aging do to 2006?
UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Moderating. Buttery palate and rich caramel. The hops are retreating leaving this beer very smooth.
UPDATE 4/2010: Is it just me or is this the WORST BIGFOOT EVER? Right out of the gate this beer seems to be closer to Celebration than to Bigfoot. Definitely a toned-down barleywine with much less malt and only the hop punch leaving it suggestive of DIPA, not BW. Big disappointment.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle in pint glass: i dont drink alot of barley wines but this one is good. dark ruby brown color with a nice firm head. alot of hop character!!! and of course alcohol...a little bit of sweet alcohol taste, but not too much. a buddy gave me a six pack because he owed me....i wasnt disappointed.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark reddish-brown with a thick head.
Nose is citrus, with caramel and earth. Flavor is a cacophony of malt hops and other flavours a real assault on the tastebuds.