freerider99 (4) - Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the perfect beer to drink on a camping trip, which is exactly what I did last summer. This beer has everything that strong beer drinkers love. I was greatly dissappointed to discover it is not available in my area.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too much hoppiness. The hops just overpower the malt in this one. I think aging this one might be beneficial but young its just too raw....
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppiness that about knocked me on the floor.
It has a nice dry slightly fruity finish. I barely tasted the high alcohol content.
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good looking beer with a kick to it. If you like Barley wine beers try it out, also try the barley wine from Avery.
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled young. Reddish brown. Thick. Super fuity, super bitter, super cascade aroma. Probably need to mature for some time to become perfect, which is what I intend to do with my 2nd bottle.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich amber color and exuding a floral aroma pungent of hops. Unfortunately, this beer was overpoweringly winy, my problem with most barley wines it seems. Far too unbalanced to mask the alcohol content.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hoppy and strong beer. A strong alcohol aftertaste but I liked it.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Edition: My first time trying this and it is incredible. I’m glad i bought the 6 pack. Intense hops. That Grapefruit taste is excellent. I need to get more of this. Great stuff!
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FYI, rating done on cellared 2001 vintage, drinking this stuff fresh is a waste of time in my opinion. The flavors need time to mellow out and join in wholy beerimony.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 version. Big lasting head over a light mahogany body. Aroma is obviously full of bright, floral hops. You should know what you’re getting into with a Sierra Nevada, and the hops is definitely over the top. I sometimes think I can sense some subtle malt, but the oppressive hops presence slams the door shut. My only clue that this is a barley wine, other than the label, is the alcohol that kicks in near the end of the glass. Otherwise, I’d probably guess IPA. This is not a fantastic beer now, but I expect that it will mellow nicely, and improve significantly with age.