estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2001 bottle consumed 5/2/02) I found this one to be much more enjoyable than the Anchor Old Foghorn I had tried the night before. Definitely hoppy, but nicely balanced with the malt, and it hides the 9.6% ABV extremely well.
Davhgbrew (445) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first sip of this punches you right in the face hops, HUAH! After your palate recovers you can begin to enjoy this most interesting brew. Flowery, fruity aromas with a huge hop kick, but the smooth middle and complex finish are what make this beer. Definitely a great after dinner brew, my favorite SN.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As hoopy as it gets... best as a late night or after dinner brew. Not for the faint of heart!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 Last years 2001, Unlike any barley wine I have ever had.Lots and lots of hops, like most of their beers. I like hops so I love this barley wine., citrusy and sweet aroma aroma, malty as hell, and loaded with hops, I always like the bigfoot, gets alot better aged for at least a year, mellows the hop out a bit.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hands down a very excellent Barley Wine!! It is an acquired taste.
IronArm99 (6) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2002 does not count
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance and Aroma are really good, but it is way to bitter for me.
joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 My dear friend jimk gave me a racked sample over five years aged. An amazing experience! Deep malty tones meshing well with softened pine and nut flavors. This is a classic barley wine for me.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I agree a huge hop contant doesnít make a bad beer good, but ir makes a good beer better, atleast for my taste buds...I love thios beer because of itís bitter, spiceness that can only be achieved with huge hop content, however the flavor of the carmel malts is still detectable, try to age one for a couple years, it mellows the hops just a bit, either way...NOTHING beats a 6-pack of these...
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
See, the problem here is that huge hop content does not necessarily make a good beer. I prefer my barley wines to be much less hopped, maybe like Mcauslan Vintage or Nils Oscar. Whatever.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2001. By the time we got to this sample it had been sitting for 45 minutes yet it maintained a nice and somewhat creamy head. Bittersweet aromatics and an intense brown color. It has a sweet and nutty malt profile. A most drinkable barley wine.