DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Letís pop the top and into my glass we go!!! Aroma of liquorice, grapes, hops, some malt, pine, alcohol and cinnamon. The pour is a very bright red while held in a light source with a tannish-orangey head that laced nicely and stuck around the much of the enjoyment. The taste grabs hold with a citrusy bite right from the getgo...lime, liquorice, good malty aftertones, and a nice hoppy finish. Good warm alcohol feeling in the belly and the back of the throat. My goodness i think ive found a decent barleywine!!! Hereís the secret ...serve warm...55-60F for a more full tasting experience. A bit crude at 9.6% ABV...a tough percentage to hide but done well enough behind that liquorice, malt and hop mix. A decent brew i would definitely grab again if it were in front of me.
Re:Rate....apparently I was smoking crack during my previous rating. Licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, sweet and sticky, and this despite being only 9 months old. I cant believe how well this ages or how well the alcohol is hidden. Unbelievable head retention, hops galore, citrus and roasted barley meet in a glorious collision. Clean abrupt finish...sweet and warming.
PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew is many things - subtle is not one of them. Delicious, fruity, malty, and hoppy aroma - all at the same time. Flavor is all that as well. Detect a bit of undertone flavor of nuts as well in the aftertaste. Nice deep rich burgundy-like appearance. Warms the belly - but the alcohol is hidden oh so well. Best of Sierra so far. Thanks to Aurelius for this one. 2002 edition.
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 oh yes, my favorite barley wine. good head retention, great aroma with some fruit and little alcohol accompanying the hops. The flavor has, in my opinion, the perfect balance of malt, alcohol, and hops. More hops than is standard for this style, but I'll certainly forgive it. One of the best beers in the world.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The alcohol flavor comes through too much and it seems like they tried to mask it by overdoing the hops. Iím not impressed.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Edition: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small white head. Strong aroma of hops and malts, but mostly hops. Wow! A super hopped up barley wine, maybe the most hoppy of the style I have tried. Alcohol is well hidden. The malt flavor is there if you look for it. Iím drinking this at room temp. (probably 65 degrees F, at minimum), so the hops are punching me in the mouth. Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention hops?
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
hhmmmm...tasted like flowers to me (toooo damn hoppy) ididnt like it at all...YUCKY
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge alcohol smell, huge alcohol taste, huge alcohol finish. Cloudy tea color. Same taste as JD and Koolaid (takes me back!)If you put maple syrup over ruby grapefruit and allowed it to verment...you would have this; and there ainít nothing wrong with that.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely tasty, as good as any barleywine youíll find. Nonexistent head, beautiful dark amber color, sweet slightly stinging sensation. Sex in a bottle.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enough hops to íflavorí several truckloads of bud. The sweet viscous qualities I most enjoy in a barleywine are obscured by the massive hopping. After you sip, the hops hang around in your mouth for about 10 minutes; no kidding. Average looking barley wine, a ruby amber color with no head and a filmy surface. Woody undertones and hints of tobacco in this bright beer dominated by citrus and other light fruits.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Version bottle,(4.1)I have developed a better palate for this type beer(Barleywine) since starting Ratebeer, Hoppy citrus, thick syrup,high carbonation, wow they finally found Bigfoot, well the beer anyway. Foamy head, thick reddish brown color. Floral and somewhat bitter, nicely balanced, another winner from Sierra Nevada, Recommended- Re-rate again, on Tap at Richos, Much better this way Rich, Hoppy, nice and Sweet and some malt, great example of a Barley Wine, Find it on Tap & it is a Winner !