hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
The appearance was of "amber waves of grain"... ummm, it has a very nice amber hue. The nose was of alcohol, hop cones and clover honey. The flavor was excellent. Alcohol and spice. Well hopped. Excellent barleywine. This was beer #9 of my twelve beer sampler at the brewing company. I no longer know who I am. Who am I? I am Sam?
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one makes itself right at home on your palate and hibernates for the winter. Very complex, one I’d probably need to come back and re-rate, most prominently hoppy barley wine I’ve had--leave it to Sierra Nevada to dry hop the crap out of everything they put out. It takes some effort to really dig into this beer, but do it and you’ll find some wonderful things.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 2002: (states on case: bottled 12-2-01) Aroma is very piney and grapefruity. A much different aroma than the ’01 batch. Tea-like aroma and hop flavors. Palate starts light and quickly fools you while making the transition to near syrupy. The sweet malts are hardly noticeable under the blanket of hops, yet it remains moderatley balanced. Quite the hoppy nectar.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I can’t share everyone’s enthusiasm for this brew. Clearly, it’s craft brewed, but it appeals to me as little as a Brooklyn Monster Ale (also a barleywine). The alcohol is evident and I didn’t feel the flavors came together in a pleasing fashion. There is a fairly sweet taste to this.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
incredible. although it varies from year to year, this beer is consistently awesome. when fresh, the hops leap from the glass, inviting the drinker in, only to experience the rich, sweet malty backbone of this beer, which is highlighted by a citric hop flavor and a drying, warming alcoholic finish. in aged versions, the abundant hoppiness is replaced by a more restrained toffee like maltiness. excellent either way
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Bottle 8/10/02. Redish color with a creamy off-white head. Fruit aroma and flavors. Notable cherry and spice flavors, but not a complex barley wine. Re-Rate 2003 vintage on 3/12/03 (8 4 7 3 16): An amber color with an off-white head. A vinous, wood, dark fruit, hoppy aroma. A strong wood element to the flavor with plenty of hops.
Bottle of the 2008 sampled on 4/18/08 (6 4 7 3 15). A reddish brown color with a tan head. A strong viney hop, floral, and malt aroma. Rough, bitter, and dry on the palate. It packs a punch and leaves a dry bitter malty-sweet aftertaste that definitely carries the heat of the high abv.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 Bottled, bought at GBBF. 2004 version. Ruby red, thin white head that soon disappears, low gentle condition. Excellent peppery hop, spicy sweet malt and fruity berry aromas. Heavy malt body with touches of roast barley but with a developing harsh hop bitterness that suggests I should maybe have left this bottle a few years to mature. Overpowering hop becomes unbalanced in the finish. A little too hoppy for a Barleywine IMHO.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. Smells of honey and hops. Tastes pretty basic--bitter hops and honey sweetness. Pleasant but unremarkable.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am also of the opinion that this beer recieves too much hype. Starts with a nice sweet taste and finishes bitter with alcohol hints. The finish seemed to dry out my mouth and kill my taste buds. Not quite my boat, but if you like really bitter stuff, try this. Beautiful dark amber color though.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Re-Rate:Drank 2001 other night and it had lost some valuable flavors.Could be a weak vintage?2002 seems to be a bit bigger. (2002)Appearance is what you would expect some rare ruby to look like.Head as tall as Johnny Appleseed.Aromas of just utter LOVE.HOPS(centinial&cascade) are still growing out of the glass.The so sweet malt is so defined the alcohol is totally masked.The MALTS,HOPS,and slight alcohol taste as if they are one.Not the most complex malt taste but very tasty.