ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2002 - quaffed in 2003. fuity bouquet which seemed to say "hey! i have a lot of alcohol!" very bittersweet with an amazingly complex and smooth aftertaste that seemd to bring about a flurry of new tastes. Pardon my French, but ca c'est un (wicked) bon bierre!
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and malty, with a sweet, smooth, but plucky bitterness, this Sierra Nevada is so effervescent it finishes sprightly on my tongue. Tasting Bigfoot makes me visualize hops growing in a sunny field. If the love of your life likes barleywines, this is the one to give him - it's pure bliss!!! Well, a close second anyway... :)
Aggie80 (789) - Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice brown color, weak head but good lacing.
Strong Ale flavors with the hops dominating. I don't like heavy hops, but this was a good one!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Solid all-around. Great aroma, plenty of hops, but well-balanced with the maltiness. Felt real nice going down with a bit of a warming effect. Need to get another
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscuous (sp), this has a very thick feeling in the mouth. Not as hoppy as I remembered it. Me turning into a hophead?? Anyhow a nice bitter sweet finish. Good stuff here. Had to have another just to be sure..
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 I am working on getting them all, so if you have anything before 1995 or 96, 97 or 98, BeerMail me. I like that it appears to be available in most finer stores. Last tried the 2004 version and it was just as fantastic as the previous.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A huge beer. Big Cascade nose, but rather non-dememo on the bittering. Alcohol is noticeable, perhaps a little too much for my liking. Overall, a very good barley wine.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor. Great all-encompassing malt, quite alcoholic but not in an Old Stock Ale kind of way, good hoppiness (but not up to Hog Heaven status) - yummy, but I didn't like it as much as I expected
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 2003 vintage has a great dark amber color and aroma when poured. The head was very thin as was the lacing on the glass. I kept finding myself swishing the glass around like a glass of wine to see if this beer had good legs. However, this beer tastes more like a complex IPA than a wine. Science says that we all have a different number of taste buds but I can tell you one thing - this beer will wake up every taste bud in your mouth.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has a terrific aroma, and nice deep color. The taste profile hides the high alcohol content and has a great flavor. High hop flavor (maybe that's why I like it so much). This is one of my favorite beers.