ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer suprised me. In the Barley Wine category, it's hard to compare with the Trappists. But this beer was full of flavor and I was feeling nice after just three of these bad boys. Sierra is on of the tops. Tried and true!
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Nice dark carmel collored body with a small tan head. Aroma is strongly alcoholic with big bursts of malt and hops. Tastes like a high octane porter. Flavor is crisp and bitter with a big malty palate and a sharp kick from the alcohol. This is a great beer to keep on hand for those cool starlit nights when only a beer named Bigfoot will do!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - wow! Big grassy hop nose. Beautiful amber color. Quickly dissipating off white head, but plenty of lacing. As big and creamy a mouthfeel as I've experienced. Can't say much more than THICK! Big, malty and hoppy. A beautiful barleywine.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Vintage: Well I've really been into trying as many Barley Wines as possible lately - this one gets added to the exhaustive list of samples that should have been tried next year - or the year after or the year after.....
Gorgeous amber copper ruby brown with thick frothy tan head. Spicy and extremely hoppy with sweet malts and alcohol and citrus on the nose. Malty and rich and laid back fruits and caramel move between each other on the tongue. Beautiful smooth bitter finish - this one will definitely be re-rated higher if I am lucky enough to taste one that has aged longer. As is still quite good.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmmmmmmm...this beer poured clear dark reddish brown with off-white head with lots of lacing. tasted RICH, malty, with fruity berry overtones. i thought a very complex combination of flavors. a noticable alcohol presence but not overwhelming. aftertaste had a distinct bite of hops. this is a great barley wine!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 My Dad wanted me to re-rate this. It’s a lower level barleywine opinion, nice malty character along with alcohol and dried fruits. Not very complex, but very easy to come by.
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage: Rich copper in colour. Aroma was very rich, lots of hops, some alcohol, slightly sweet and lots of citrus. Flavour was hoppy up front with some alcohol in the middle changing to malty, caramel sweetness in the back. Finish is smooth and long. Still a little young, I would love to age a few of these. Thanks jeffc666 for sending this to me.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
for me, i've been disappointed twice. tried it again thinking i was missing something, but the bottom line for me is i don't really like barely wines that are so so so hopped. too many better balanced alternatives to order this one again.
UNCCTF (511) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth, Texas. My first barley wine, since they're illegal in NC. Poured an orangey-brown color and had nice lacing on the glass. This beer was hoppy as HELL, but the malts up front keep it from being too overboard. The very potent hop flavor makes this hard to drink alone - it goes better with food, and I enjoyed it with my roast beef sandwich. The alcohol taste isn't prevalent, but the beer is definitely warming as it goes down the gullet. A VERY good beer.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage, Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear, amber-ruby color when held up to the light. A thick tan head rests atop this beer. Thick aromas of malt and hops waft from my glass as I pour. The hops dominate the aroma, Citrus, dark fruit, pine, alcohol, and a nectar like quality are all in the nose. Thick bodied, with a slightly syruppy consistency. The taste is sweet with American hops bursting forth all over the place. A strong malt character (caramel, biscuit) is here, but it is definitely subservient to the hops in this fresh example. The malt only serves as a vehicle to allow the hops to express themselves to the fullest. This is a brew that suggests what it would be like to suckle from a flower fat with Lupulin glands.