redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottling.. Wish i had kept at least two bottles (or better yet a 6-pak) of each year as i bought them... maybe with this batch as i bought a case this time. Iím not sure how long they age this, but it is VERY right now! Aging will mellow and smooth out the few (very) rough edges it has now. Very rich, not really overpowering in any area. Sure itís a litle strong, but its A Barley Wine. Much more drinkable than some others iíve had that are too sweet (cloying?) or not nearly as balanced. Great!
dwyerpg (5430) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You can definitely taste the alcohol, and the hops are nearly over-powering; this is probably the hoppiest beer iíve ever had. It has faint berry flavors, blackberry and blueberry maybe. Great stuff.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 2005 version...so this is fairly fresh froma 12oz bottle...I pour it at cellar temp into a DT tulip to get a good head...which isnít too tough and the lace just coats the glass as I drink it...lovely resin citrus aroma...big beer with dominant sweetness and a load of balancing hops...this is one of the more drinkable American BWs Iíve had...I can just gulp this down like Tangerine Juicy Juice or something...I think this hits on all cylinders...hops, malt, rich, distinct...I donít think I could mistake BF for any other BW. Maybe its the Nugget hops that help it so much...I"m starting to be a realy fan of Nugget (got some growing in my yard).
2004 version, drinking this on 15FEB05...my case says bottling date was 01/09/04. Light carbonation at cellat temp, but still pours with a good head that slowly slinks down leaving its traces around the glass...very much a hop perfume for aroma...resiny and citric spice...Iím surprised its still this strong after a year+ in the bottle. The beer leans towards grassiness, with the malt not being as sticky as I thought the 2005 was. The finish is loaded with resin, bitterness and alcohol. This is still good, but I much prefer the fresh 2005 to this one year old bottle. This just seems a bit rough and harsh to me. So now Iíve got 23 of them left! Iíd give this year old version a 3.7/5 in total.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Pours a great dark red with nice lacing at the top. The lacing stays present as you sip the beer. The aroma is hops and more hops. This is certainly the hoppiest Barley Wine I have ever had. Great aroma which jumps out and grabs you. The taste is very bitter with maltiness and fruitiness. It is tough to analyze but I get graitfruit, lemon, syrup and caramel for the most part. It is extremely bitter as are most Sierra Nevada beers out of the bottle Iím quite impressed.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good loose tan head, large bubbles diminishes, poor lacing. Nice deep hops aroma. Dark red in an English pint. Fruit notes, maybe a hint of cherries rounded with oak and pine. Some mustiness, reminds me riffing the pages of an antique book pulled from an old luggage chest. Pronounced bitterness rides an alcoholic burn on the finish. Lots of bourbon character. Intricate aftertaste. Needs to be taken real slow.
Gachupines (1230) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly balanced beer for the amount of bitterness up front. First taste is overwhelmingly a hoppy bitterness, but the malt kicks in for a refreshing aftertaste. Always a pleasure, and one of the first barleywines I was able to get into.
hershiser2 (1866) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
reddish with a small head, looks lovely... smells of fruit & malts. Flavor is tangy, fruity, malty, and alcohol filled- very nice, very tasty, and very warming.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005. Clean pure power hops aroma. Pour is pretty and leaves little to be desired. Rich but mellow body. Buttery salted popcorn flavor (this is good) with tangy finish. Well done indeed.
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottling. Not as hoppy as I remember last year. Donít get me wrong, stilll very assertive bitterness and hop character. I just remember last years vintage being the hoppiest thing I ever tasted. Bittersweet flavor with great pine/cascade aroma. VERY drinkable, this vintage is deceptively smooth.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 2005: Pours a lighter color than most in the style, not hazy at all. A deep cola color. Thick, pillowy head leaves great lacing. Aroma is more like an IPA than anything else. Flavor is sweet molasses, then very hoppy, some alcohol notes, a strong bitterness. "Bittersweet" is an excellent descriptor for this beer. Very excellent.
Aged 1 year (opened 01/28/06) this beer has changed slightly, though hops are still very distinctive and stong for the style. Pour has a bit of yeast flocculation and a slight haze when swirled. Aroma is still primarily hoppy, but has taken on a slightly darker profile, much like an older wine. Flavor has done the same, a mild port-like flavor rides underneath the hops, but the finish remains long, dry, and bitter. Probably needs to lay down a little longer to really hit itís stride. Alcohol burn seems more pronounced.