kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It's all about the hops. In the nose, on the palate, in the aftertaste. Nice lace and head retention on this deep copper beer. Malty undertones in the nose as well as some caramel and light fruitiness. The flavor is pretty much the same, lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately for this 2003 version, it's still a bit young and needs another 3-6 months before the bitterness mellows out. Finishes dry and astringently bitter. I'll re rate this after it has aged, it should be much, much better. I've had Bigfoot in previous years; very good Am. Barleywine.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 - A great rich brew. Always one of my favorite beers, a fruit cake with a kick and more hops than a normal Barleywine. But, this is not a normal Barleywine. So rich, what a special beer!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Wow, what another great barley wine. A big beer with big malt and great warm hop finish. Bitter on the palate but balanced well with a sweet in the back of the throat aftertaste. Top Notch.
Re-Rate 05/04/2003 of a 2001 bottle. Great hop taste in this barley wine, might be better than Victory Old Horizointal, but I have not had a 2 year old one of those.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Bottle: Another winner thanks to the Hollingshead Deli in Anaheim. Deep amber color with a thin and rocky off-white head. Huge toasty malt aroma. Flavor of malt, alcohol and dark fruit. This is easily the hoppiest Barley Wine I have had, but it actually works pretty well. The hops make it more drinkable than the usual overly sweet malt/alcohol found in most Barley Wines. This would be a great beer to age for a year or two.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Typical Sierra Nevada citrus notes otherwise just a big, big Barley Wine prefect for a cold night
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
very rich.. but the barley doesn’t sit well. fruity, but not overly pleasent.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage, bottle. Huge head, hazy reddish-brown. Citric aroma, very aggressive-smelling. Sour taste, cherry, grapefruit, very complex and nice. A great barleywine!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001: Nose of fruit, citrus. Small white head. Ruddy light brown hue. Delicate malt backbone, hops are evident and dominating all the way through though. Medium bodied, big fruity floral citrus hops. Very decent and drinkable.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Dark translucent brown, white head, thick around the edge, intricate lacing. Citrus hoppy nose and taste. Hops prevail in this one but it does have a subtle malty sweetness as well. Good stuff.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 2001 - citrus, orange and apples. Some fruity malts in the taste, but dominated by the hops from beginning to the dry end. The alcohol was well hidden. Although excellent, it was a little thinner than I would"ve liked. I"ll need some more of this!
2002 - Similar flavors, but a little sharper and hoppier. Just as good - same numbers.