beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage. Medium brown color, large head. Big, bold, maltly and hoppy. Very malty barley wine style ale. Highly hopped, medium bitterness, balance by nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very round and full, nearly chewy. High alcohol (9.6%) not really noticeable. Smooth tatste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malt sweet and bitter
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge beer. 2001 edition. Pours thickly, with a good deal of carbonation. Aggressively hopped with Cascades. Strong coffee/chocolate flavor, very bitter. Reddish-brown, piney, resinous, minty herbal - Cascades again. I’m gonna let the other 5 bottles sit around a year or so and try again. Too much for me - though eating something with it helps cut the acidity.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
i didnt think sierra nevada had what it takes to make a good barley wine but i was wrong. this looked great,smelled great and finished well. the taste it left on my tounge was a bit too alcoholic to me but it is definitley my favorite barley wine.
knickerbocker (13) - USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 This is potent rich and delicious. My favorite barleywine. Excellent. It is HOP heaven, and that satisfying aftertaste, no dullness here.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a superb barleywine style ale. Very flavorful and fruity with a great balance of overwhelming hops and overwhelming malt.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a hint of ruby/purple. Nice big flavour, malt, some fruit and plenty of alcohol. This beer is changing my opinion of SN for the better.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice 9.6% alc. solid taste and just enough head on the pour. Great barley wine.
cbassham (1) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2002 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent dark beer. With alcohol content that high, I am very impressed with the taste.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Wonderful flavor. The intense hops really helped mask the alcohol flavor. Great sweet/sour/apple flavor/aroma. Beautiful dark golden color.
Great hazy (almost opaque) reddish brown color. The hops really come through in the aroma. This beer seems very similar to Rogue Old Crustacean (almost that bitter!) My lips feel very sticky after drinking this. Nice thick syrupy feel. Intense style of barley wine.