RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this stuff stomped on my balls, that's how much hops and alcohool it had. A deep red color with nice lacing. Gets better as it warms up as the hops flavor comes out and stomps on your tongue. Maybe a little too strong, but its still a good beer to drink.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 2004 Expedition. Poured a beautiful firey reddish brown color with a thick head. Huge floral cascade aroma with bready malt underneath. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a tongue numbing bitter hop sting at the end. The flavor here is sweet and syrupy with a huge amount of bittering hops and notes of grapefruit and peaches. Plenty of malt to hold it all together and this is one angry and intense brew. Thereís no escaping the bitterness in this young brew. I canít wait to see how it ages.
2/1/10--2010 Expedition, Same fiery red color, clear with a thick fluffy head. Piney citrus hop arom and nice doughy like malty aromas. Really great aroma on this one. Smooth medium body, sticky and bitter. Flavor is a wonderful sweet blend of caramel malt, bitter sticky resiny hops and a finish that is a lingering intense hop bitterness. This is one teriffic ale!
Pa 2/6/10 2005 Expedition. Iíve had this cellaring for 5 years now.
Pours a murky apple cider looking color, very cloudy. Really nice fruity caramel aroma. Some dried fruit also. body is medium, soft carbonation a little syrupy. Flavors are really fruity and malty just like a BW should be. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and a little bitterness. Nice warming sensation comes in the finish. Overall am quite surprised how well this has stood up over time. Iíve had it cellaring at room temp (FL Mind you) for about 5 years and it was still a pleasure to drink.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 1995: superb. it actually smells cremey, floral, barely any citrus (perhaps drowned by other ingredients), and perhaps itís mostly malty and other ingredients. subtle in sweetness yet strong enough and weak enough... just hopped enough. mellow. laidback. one of the smoothest beers iíve ever had. chocolate, cremey, with a citrusy hop aftertaste and with a little cremey malt burp to back it up. nothing stings, nothing bites, itís all together and itís nicer than anything i expected. thick, thin... perfect. mmm, delicious. it looks great, pours with a very small yet tight light tan head. the body is not murky yet not clear, itís burnt red brown with a nice orange highlight. itís aged. itís superb. UPDATE 2/19/05: 2005 cap / egh, gotta downrate. UPDATE 4/22/05: 2005 cap / a bit soy for me, slightly bitter beer face. man oh man i miss the 95í ...
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN carries this in 5 different years. I tried the 1999. Pours a rust/brown color with a syrupy texture. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. You can taste the hops for a long time! Very very good, although i would imagine the age helped to tame it.
Beaver (1611) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Bigfoot poured a hazy reddish-orange with a thin, light brown, creamy head that had good retention. The nose was alcohol and tart fruitiness with some hoppy notes. The taste is sweet malts up front with a strong bitter, acidic finish with some citrus tones. It was a little more bitter than I prefer but not quite as overwhelming as the Celebration. It had a thick, kind of oily mouthfeel.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 2002 Vintage-I don't know if I'm supposed to take into account how aging has affected this beer, but here goes. Much more approachable after almost 2 years of aging. Hops are usually so brutal and they are still quite strong, but much more manageable now. I'm glad I still have a whole sixer, so I can wait and see what another year or two does for it. One of the original American Barleywines and still one of the best.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 edition. Poured very orange and a nice reddish, deep orange in the glass. Nice head with fair duration, off-white in color, yellow hues. A thick lace left on the glass. Odor is hops, citrus, wood and a faint malty-sweet honey and alcohol as it warms; very nice. Full bodied, smoothe, long-lasting carbonation, syrupy as it warms. I was interrupted and had let this sit out too long. Incredibly sweet caramel malt, then somewhat dry carbonation and good alcoholic flavor, with a very nice, strong hops-bitter finish, weakly tasting of grapefruit. Fairly long duration. Overall a strong ale: overly sweet front wiped out by a wave of dryish carbonation, thus introducing noticable alcoholic flavor and a bitter finish(ESBish). Aging will surely help.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2004 release:
Aroma: strong alcohol scent combined with sweet, carmel malts. a certain fresh fruitiness/herbal scent also exists.
Appearance: mohogany in color (reddish/brown tones)
Flavor: very hoppy; dry, slight taste of carmel malts
Palate: quite a bitter bite with lingering sharp aftertaste (like sharp cheese). really bites at the back of the tongue and the lips.
Overall: a bit too hopped for me, i like a little sweeter less stringent barley wine.
Aroma: 9/10: carmel malts, sweetness, honey, and brown sugar, along with deep alcoholic scent.
Appearance: 4/5: Cloudy, honey brown colour with slight, white head.
Flavor: 7/10: very sweet--hides the alcohol well. Slight hops and carmel malts, honey and brown sugar. Some earthy and mossy flavors.
Palate: 4/5: Incredibly smooth with hoppy bite. Dry-hopped aftertaste.
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off I really enjoyed this and have for a few years now. I really think this a a MUCH better beer after a year of aging or so. The up front hoppiness is less biting and allows more of the malty goodness to come through. Buy some and keep it until 2005.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of hops and a little malt; deep brown with a medium tan head; smooth, thick feel; slightly sweet, but with a coffee-like bitterness that lasts, and a definite taste of the alcohol