jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 2004 bottle. deep reddish amber, slight beige head. very hoppy nose, with some alcohol and spice. loads of hops and malt, with a very alcoholic palate. far too harsh; perhaps an aged vintage would be mellower and more balanced.
2003 bottle, now in august 2005. pours with less head than a fresh bottle, but itís a beautiful amber and garnet liquid that appears a bit thin when light refracts through it in the glass. the aroma, which is ever-so-slightly oxidized, reminds me of grass and sand on a salt lake; some of the hops have clearly mellowed, but there is still an insane amount of malt that constantly shows up at the finish line, despite the best sprinting last-ditch effort of the hops in here. i would recommend drinking Bigfoot around this age, 2-3 years old.
madsberg (11405) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Clear. Has a beige lasting head. Chocolate, alcahol, hops and some fruitcharachters in the aroma. Herbal and very hoppy flavour. Alcahol is present and it seems a little dry. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Finishes grassy and very hoppy with a nice alcaholbite. Complex and delicious.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 04, 1998 vintage. Pours a hazy brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma is very sweet and malty preparing you for whats to come. Taste is very rich and sweet, with tons of malt and caramel flavors. Some nice hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Very well aged making it incredibly smooth.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dirt red hue. Right in there with that standard barley wine flavor. Malty, but with a strong hit of hops, alcoholic on the finish, and a lingering malt complexity on the finish. Much better as it warms up. It actually becomes smoother as it nears room temperature. Solid. The direct opposite style of a session beer, but if itís enjoyed in the right time and place it is excellent!
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know I should have aged it. Pours hazy red amber, pillowy tawn head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar, hops and alcohol and caramel. Obviously the body would be a little silkier had I put her in the cellar. Hops are plentiful and the bitter notes are slightly harsh but tastey. Lots of carb. Sweet malts. Medicine herbs. Tobacco, mint, vanilla. Residuals are very sticky.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 bottle 04. pours a cloudy red with a lighter head. aroma is dried plum and sugar. flavor is fruity with a well hidden alcohol kick. sweet finish. the syrupy texture of this is enjoyable. i look forward to grabbing a few sixers of this. o4 numbers 6, 3, 8, 4, 16.
05 tasted 2-5-5. pours a ruddy red brown with a sticky ample cream head. aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy. but i expected that from such a young bottle.angry violent upfront slappin me in the face while questioning my manhood flavor that is raw hopped up and sacharin. alcohol is dominant. roasted raisin and doughy yeast flavor dominate this somehow. finish is uber strong grassy hops. damn this will be great in about 3 years, but for now it is just good. 05 numbers:7, 4, 6, 2, 13
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Bottle. Almandine garnet body with a fluffy white head. Nose is sweet and has some raisin. Flavor is a bitter, yeasty, doughy, and sweet like honey. The taste reminds me of fresh baked raisin bread. Finish is sharp and sweet, and just a little bitter. Very good. Not a session beer, but absolutley a beer to have again and enjoy. To sum up the flavor: hops, hops, hops, and more hops.
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark Rootbeer brown with abundant creamy frothy head. Aroma is characertically Sierra Nevada Hoppy with sweet malt tones. The flavour is of a traditional IPA but with a big wallop of Hops. In the same vein as a Stone IPA or an Arrogant Bastard Ale but with a bit more punch to the Palate in terms of Hop/Malt to Flavour Value. This beer really does do a number on the senses including an all around smell/flavour/effect value and there is a whole lotta lacing on the glass. There can be no going wrong with purchasing this beer in mass quantities. Adios!
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Really strong in all aspects: scent, flavor, alcohol. Itís not as complete as the Three Floyds but really good. RERATE. wow, itís been 2.5 years since i rated this and iíve never rerated it. well, i had it on tap and in a bottle tonight so itís time. It seems like every time i have this it gets hoppier but that could be because i anticipate it so much that i get it right when it comes out. Itís a fucking delicious beer. no two ways about. sometimes the alcohol is noticeable. but thatís nothing a full bottle canít take care of. rerate again. Iím a monster hophead and i always am surprised at how hoppy this is. To me this is my ultimate sipping beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of roasted malts, intense hops, and mild citrus. Tawny amber in color with an off-white thin head. Hoppy, fruity taste with a bitter aftertaste. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but itís not unpleasant. Overall, a kick ass beer that kicks you in the ass.