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.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish color with nice head. Sweet hoppy smell with some citrus.Taste is sierra bitter with alcohol present.Sweet malty feel overall. Finish is very warming with nice bitterness.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 "Expedition": A very interesting and intense brew, not for the faint of heart. Intense Cascade hop qualites, very piney/citrusy. Light malt can barely be detected under the hops. Sharp and bitter, and very warming. I'll have to age a bottle or two of this to see how it progresses.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been delaying the rating of this brew for a while and find it one the US standard bearers.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2004 Draft: O'Brien's in SD) True to barleywine ales, Bigfoot is thick, sweet, alcoholic, malty and strong flavored; True to Sierra Nevada, Bigfoot is strongly bitter, especially in the long lasting finish; Deep red, almost brown in color with a lot of fine, muddy sediment in the bottom of the bottle which yields a thoroughly cloudy beer; Light tan head with average retnetion and a fairly dense lacing
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A reddish orange apperance with a nice head. Like the Avery Hog Heaven, this is a hoppy take on the style. Flavor is grapefruit, oranges, dark malts, and alcohol. A very "Sierra" taste which is not a bad thing. I had the '04 version and Im sure this gets better with age. But its awesome right off the bat!
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 The beer pours and you are treated to a great smell, hoppy and fruity. The beer is nice and dark brown. Little head but what it really comes down to is the great taste. It is more malty and sweet than you would expect but then it is a barley wine. Great carmel and fruit taste, good for after dinner. Watch out. It will knock you on your ass. A worthy beer to sample, enjoy, and cherish.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a large head. Aroma is stromg with caramel, fruit and grapefruit present. Flavor is stronger. A sweet caramel start with a fruity body. A nice cascade hop finish with an astringent alcohol aftertaste. All the flavors are strong and wonderful, fighting it out for supreme palate domination. Who will win? I may know after a couple more bottles.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Bottled 1-09-04.Toned down a bit(refined)this year?All I have to work with is 2003 but anyway.Signature SN aroma(heady hops,touch of octane,caramel malts)rust-brown color,healthy off-white head/coating lace.The taste is of citrus hops(grapefruit)alcohol,sweet,malt.Nice lingering biterness,quality SN buzz.Tried a 2002 & 2003 this weekend and I must say I enjoyed the 2004 more than these(I love fresh hops!)Though the 2003 was damn good while the 2002 was nice but was a little oxidized or something.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Not much of a nose on this beer, which kinda surprised me. Deep ruby color. This beer burst with hop flavor... and it is this good young, I can wait to try some I'll stash away.