mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had never had a Bigfoot Ale that had been aged for a significant period until I just sampled a 2000 edition in April 2003. This beer really improves with time and becomes extremely well-balanced. Not as bitter as the 2003 edition after the aging process and perhaps due to a different recipe. Overall, an excellent barleywine--I would highly recommend buying the 2003 edition now and saving some until 2006.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad as far as Barley Wine Brews go, not my favorite but a good representation.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003. This beer poured a redish brown color with a small tan head. Smells hoppy and can smell the alcohol. Taste bitter and hops.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Poured a clear amber color with a diminished head that laced upon the liquid surface. The nose was of hops and a hint of malt. I was expecting a real alcohol aroma with a Barley Wine at 9.6% but, it wasn't found. The flavor was of bitter hops, alcohol and a fruity character. A medium body with a tongue numbing quality. Not really what I would expect for such a highly rated Barley Wine. It was missing that sweet and winey quality I usually enjoy.
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don't remember much about this beer because it's been several days, but it's a really good barleywine. Read some tprbeerlover's ratings for the specs.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 2005 version. Perfect, hoppy aroma. Red body with yellow hues on edges of bottle. Light tan head. Beautiful lace. Rich and hoppy flavor. This is a wonderful beer as always and clearly better than both the Great Divide Old Ruffian and the Stone Old Guardian. 2003 version. Ar:8, Ap:5, Fl9, Pa4, Ov19. Has some of the typical Sierra Nevada aroma, though not as strong or hoppy as I would have expected for a barley wine. Beautiful in appearance; deep red with thick, tan head, leaving excellent lace. As the brew is poured, this brew slowly settles to the top as the high original gravity makes this a thick beer. If I could give Big Foot more points for appearance I would. Flavorwise, this is SNPA on steroids. Very sweet and hoppy, like a BW should be. Has the Sierra Nevada signature finish. Surprisingly drinkable for a barley wine. An outstanding effort.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very drinkable barleywine. Good malt flavors with a good amount of hops. Very enjoyable drink!
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Just not my speed
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 on tap: Wonderful hop aroma with lots of piney notes. THis beer packs a lot of punch but there are many complex flavors to savor. Needs some time to age but still I didn't cringe too much when attempting to drink this one.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hop aroma. Nice malt flavor with a big hop bite. These definitely need to age about a year before getting into them.