Mumma (2) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2003 does not count
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
They burnt the hell out of the hops on this one. I almost felt bad for buying a six-pack, but after 4 bottles of burning tires the last to weren't that bad. I was drunk after 6 beers and that was good enough for me.
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2003. Bigfoot. Big foamy head. Big dark copper colour. Big rush of scent in the pour (grapefruit hops/pepper/Cinnamon). Big lacing. Almost overpowering rush of flavour. Smokey. Sweet but not too sweet. Nutmeg or cloves in the aftertaste are somewhat distracting? Syrupy but not to a fault. Well behaved alcohol. AND THEN! Let it get near room temp and this elixir is almost perfect as everything comes together! Prefer it aged at least 2 years.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was only my 2nd barley wine. It was much different than my first (blithering idiot). I was expecting more of a fruit presence but this brew was all about the hops. Poured a deep murky caramel bronze with little head. There was a slight hint of fruit in the aroma but it was much over powered by the floral evergreen scent. Slight oily rich mouth feel that starts mildly sweet and goes to a huge hop bitter very quickly. Over all pretty god I need to sample more of this style then revisit this one.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 As soon as the bottle is opened, a huge christmas tree aroma burst into the room. Can you say cascade? It then pours clear copper with not much of a head, off-white. Aroma is probably the most potent cascade use I've ever encountered, it's as intense as any other barleywine's nose, big, deep with a ridiculously heavy grapefruit/pine/floral character. The taste is earthy, a coniferous forest in spring with a slight hint at alcohol, nice aftertaste which lasts forever, but is a bit astringent. Medium-bodied. While this is very bitter, it's also pretty sweet and a little sour from overhopping. I'd definitely like to try this aged a bit to complexify the flavors a bit, but young, this is one big hopheads beer, therefore not exactly my bag. Quite citric even for an american barleywine. Similar to Hog Heaven, but displays a better body and more balance
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-19, vintage 2012, bb 02/02/13, 8-5-8-3-16=40
Hazy dark amber color with red shades; generous rocky head, stable, with nice lace. Very nice aroma. Malt, caramel, hops; but also a bit soapy. Full bodied, with strong caramel flavor, sweet, but mostly bitter, with aggressive resins; the final is maybe too bitter, with some roasted nuts.
Better to wait a few years...
2006-01-12, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Wonderful aroma, with lovely hops and malt. Thick, malty, hopped, extreme. Maybe less mature than in the bottle, but so impressive!
2003-11-06, bottle, vintage 2003, 9-5-9-5-17=45
Hazy dark amber color; thin creamy head. Strong malt and phenol nose; caramel and nuts; fudge, gingerbread. Strong body, malty, more character than many others Barley Wines, loads of caramel; very well balanced by a bold bitterness, leading to an extremely strong and long final. Aaaah the hops…
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 Not my favorite barleywine, but geez, even a so-so barleywine is fine by me. Nice color and head. I don't care for the over hopped nose and palate on the Bigfoot. I've always preferred the carmel/molasses side of the equation.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is heavily hopped with notes of fruit and nut. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly sweet. Nut flavors. Finish is bitter. Very good.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 2004: After a rerate, this is actually a tad bit too hoppy. Just tons and tons of bittering hops. One of the best looking barleywines, big head and lots of lacing, super-dark amber color. I don't remember last year's being so bitter, maybe that's new this year??? Still very good, but could probably use a lot of time to mellow out.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn my shit was fucked up after drinking just 3 of these..super nice and crisp had the vintage 2002 it was a bit chilled and just perfect poured a nice white head and a creamy yellow body good for sipping or just getting plain pissed
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is definitely not for the weak. It comes at you like an angry junkyard dog. The barleywine style is not for me, I like something that sips a little easier, such as, well anything else.