celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled release is 2005 Expedition. Poured medium amber color with nice head that shrunk a bit but lingered. Good lacing, decent carbonation. Sweetness from the start and nice fruityness. Slight hoppy finish. A good beer you shoulldnít pass up.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I canít believe I havenít rated this. Deep amber orange color with a thick off white head. Vanilla and roasted malt show on the nose with some pine and light fruit aromas. Rich mouthfeel with an intial sweetness that gives way to a bitter drying finish. Lots of carmel, vanilla, pine, rich fruit, and more. Really an awesome beer though personally at itís best 3 years out this one is only 1 yr old!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
í03 vintage, sampled on 1/23/05.
Mahogany color topped with a tan head. Sweet aroma, with notes of carmel, cookie dough and a looming bitterness hangs underneath all of it. Very rich flavors. Lots of crystal malt, maple syrup and resiny hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish with a light smokey note. Quite good, but almost too malty/sweet.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I fell in love with this brew/style immediately...Dark reddish brown, malty caramel, and LOTS of HOPS! Okay, I need more...RERATE: now that Iíve had more barleywines, not too fond of the hops in this -- too much grapefruit.
JK (5662) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
í04. Hop aroma. Red. Flavor of hops then sweet syrup. Sweet finish. A hopped barleywine, it would benefit from less bitter flavor.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Imperial IPA is more like it. Hops, Hops and more Hops. Zero Malts. Not really a barley wine.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted a 2004 bottle while in the US. (wish I could have aged it) Big hoppy nose with the expected citrusy/piney aromas of American hops. Pours out to a deep red color with a lasting off-white head that hangs around despite the high alcohol content. Starts off with crystal malt flavors of caramel and toffee which are quickly swamped by intense hoppy flavor which leads to an intense, lasting bitter finish. A medium-low carbonation and very full body give it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Iím not very partial to the american hops in this quantity in a beer. iím sure this one is better if given time to age and the bitterness/hoppiness can mellow out, but these flavors are a little sharp/astringent when young.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2004 bottle. Amber in color with a nice white fluffy head. Hoppy and malty. Nice hop flavor. Caramel flavor. Full bodied. Well balanced. Decent beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was ok, alcohol wasnít too strong at all, but I still canít tell too much of a difference between this or the pale ale or the celebration ale they all tasted the same and it didnít taste good to me, iím officially done with this company.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2004 version. Pours a light walnut color with nice amber 1 inch head that sticks around like that pain-in-the-ass brother in law that never brings the beer. Lacing stays just as long, almost makes you feel like making the bed in the guest room. Nose is a wonderful mix of hops (who would have guessed hops with Sierra Nevada?) and malt. Some toffee and coffee aromas that smell a little sweet. Nice. Immediate alcohol burn is followed by hops and a subtle bitter - then the blast of malty coffee. Ok, letís try it again... Oh, even better as my palate starts to move onto the actual acceptance of this lovely attack of hops and malt in this full bodied beauty. It continues on the road less traveled as the throat enjoys all the fire and carbonation of this fine brew. Burnt toast and coffee, just like a nice newlywed breakfast finish as the glass quickly empties. Breakfast with nice hops. I think the alcohol is a little too evident, which is a small problem... I really liked this one. Another high quality brew from Sierra Nevada.