pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 23, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2001: íThese go to elevení (-Spinal Tap). Extreme (ridiculous?) amounts of hops and malt just turn up the volume with this brew. The nose is stong and floral. The intense bitter hop flavor comes through immediately, but is well supported by a rich, malt body. You can perceive the alcohol in the palate, which intensifies an already powerful taste. Not great with most foods, but a perfect dessert beer. Love this stuff because it is over the top.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 WoWWee is this a bitter barley wine. But I love it and can get it for $8.00 a sixer at beers of the world which makes it taste that much better. I know someone who drank five in one sitting,... it was UGLY. Hats off to Sierra Nevada. re-rate (1/28/04) I rated this two years ago and am drinking one now. Pours a deep amber with a huge hop and alcohol nose. This is in no way an English-style barleywine. Incredibly bitter and wreaks of cascades.(WWOOOWWWWW,... Not that I think that cascades wreak!!!) Tastes of caramel and some diacetyl but nothing offensive. Amazing round flavors. Even young this tastes well-balanced. Wish that Sierra Nevada would switch from screw-tops so I would feel compfortable aging this. The second barleywine to be made in the "New World" and still one of the best!
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love hops, so I love this brew. More flavor than most barleywines, the hop level may overwhelm you more than the alcohol does.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one over the summer, and absolutely hated it. Tried it again this weekend, slightly below room temp. It had much better malty characteristics but the finish is harsh and overwhelmingly bitter. I have another bottle or so left, so these will be aged for a few years, I really look forward to this after some aging.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very flavorful..hoppy bite w/malty sweetness.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 8, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
a good solid barleywine.
orange-red colour, thin head, aroma has a hint of tea leaves.
big hop taste which blends nicely with a malty sweetness.
nothing understated about this nrew - lots of flavours - all of them very potent.
Aurelius (3728) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly smokey barleywine aroma. Tall, grainy, stable head, tea colored -- Iím giving it a 5 for appearance, despite the stupid label (usually the bottle/label get 1 point in my ratings.) Kudos to Sierra Nevada for not knocking me down with the Cascades hops -- itís hoppy, but Iím not at all sure what the combination is -- must be Nuggett, since Eroica doesnít cellar. Buttery, hoppy flavorful, with a silky palate. The palate approaches the smoothness of various Fullerís ales. The best American Barleywine that Iíve had.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just about my favorite beer. I think that it needs at least 6 months in the bottle to mellow out a little. I sure am glad I have 6 packs of the last 4 years sitting in my basement. Definitely best above 55 degrees, the flavors just come out. YUM!
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice reddish colour with a very beautiful creamy head. Aroma: lemon and grapefruit, flowers and very fresh. Overwhelming bitterness (too much for my taste).
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops. Hops. And more hops. Oh, and did I mention the hops? Oh, and thereís some alcohol in there, too. One of my favorites, the bitter floral character reminds me of rosewater-drenched Indian desserts, and itís got some malt behind there if you savor it.