grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Re-Rate: Vintage 2000
Aroma - 10
Appearance - 4
Flavor - 7
Palate - 3
Overall - 17
This is an immensely different beer with some age on it. Immensely. Deep murky poo-water. Carbonation is now serisouly deficient and matches the gravity of the brew more. Zero head. Nose is transcendent, raisins and tar, slight tobacco char and a little bit of cheesy funk. Flavors are much more balanced as the hops die off and meld into the malty sea. Fruity malts at first, hops explode. Cinnamon and all spice. Beautiful. Slight tar on the backend. Good beer
Thie brew is strange. Handed a pint glass. Looks like dark amber oatmeal.Head is lacy and leaves rings like tree rings in my glass. Smells like a great Barley wine. Fruity and round, large and sticky. Sticky and fruity being the frontrunners (whata ridiculous comment). However I couldn’t handle it. it beat me down when I drank it. Too bitter. All Sierra’s are like this for me. Smell good...look good...taste like a I just bit into an unripe orange rind. They must bitter their beers for a ridiculous amount of time. The cascades just didn’t come through for me. I love Cascades. Couldn’t find em. Buried I guess underneath the thick malt and the bittering nuggets. Most would like this...me I can’t do it.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 2003 edition. This is THE bomb!!! I LOVE this beer!
Huge flavor and aroma of malts and hops. This is it! This is such a nice and balanced beer! I want 40,000 barrels of this at my home! Bigfoot, come and get me you silly bastard! Eat me!!!
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage. Dark amber coloured. nice hoppy and fruity aroma. Sweet hoppy flavour with a bitter finish. Full bodied. Thanks Chuck Norris.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 which is already aging nicely. Deep dark crimson with tints of brown. Tan lasting creamy head. Nose of sweet pine sap, grapefruit, fig, caramel, brown sugar, with some additional fuzzy fruit notes. Rich and juicy "C" hop flavors, pine, citric fruits, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy, bitter lasting finish. Still, and always will be, a freakin classic!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 12 ounce bottle, snifter, 2004. Caramel and toffee malt (M); grapefruit, spruce hops (H); heavy peach and alcohol aromas. Deep orange-red body with a tall, lasting, off-white head. Great lacing. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily bitter, moderately sweet, moderately acidic finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a bit more carbonation and acidity than I’m comfortable with.
Warfaust (2) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Simply one of the most powerfully flavorful and FUN beers commercially available!
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and alcohol flavor dominant, as you would expect in a barleywine. Not for the faint of heart, or a good idea when driving, but to settle down for the evening and put on a pleasant drunk with a good friend, this the product for you.
Dorwart (2497) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2004) Big light tan head from a little to vigorous pour. Settles nicely with some good lacing. Big aroma. Very floral with a good helping of pine. Major hops presence. Color is a nice dark orange/amber. Flavor is thick and syrupy. Big maltiness to offset the big hops. Some bitterness from the hops. Lots of hops in the finish with plenty of bitterness. Hides its alcohol well with the hops. A very good barleywine with huge hops presence.
jasonp (1566) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 ReRate 2004 Vintage:
Magnificent! Pours a beautiful glowing dark amber/red with a thick off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, a ton of hops/pine, alcohol and a hint of pineapple. Taste is huge blast of HOPS!, along with very prominent notes of sweet dark fruits, pine, resin, tree sap, toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar and citrus qualities. Has the perfect amount of sweetness, not cloying in any way. One of the hoppiest barleywines out there. Very rich and flavorful. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is beautifully bitter. One of my favorite barleywines. Very smooth and drinkable with a perfect touch of alcohol. Highly recommended!
Eirikur (379) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dear me, where do I begin. This is a one hoppy Barley wine.Nice heavy taste with alot of hops coming at the end that kept for a while. This is one hell of a brew.