howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 2003 - Beautiful brown color with red highlights. Thin, but long-lasting, rocky, off-white head. Big fruity and citric hop aromas, caramel apple. Quite bitter, but not so much that this can't be enjoyed young. I wouldn't call this "balanced" due to the high bitterness, but the robust malt flavors do hold their own. Bitterness dries out the finish slightly.
2004 - Seems a bit sweeter and fuller bodied, slightly less hop aroma, but still as bitter as all hell. Beautiful lasting head, which I don't remember seeing before.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2003 this beer is awesome. ive started a collection of barleywines to age and this is one. best enjoyed outside in the dusk of the mountains. bitter as hell. a little bit of bottle conditioning adds to the texture. the foam lace clings to the glass like glue. bravo
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003: Dark brown color with a slighty ruby hint, decent lace. Nice aroma of hops and alcohol. Powerful flavor, lots of malt and lots of chewy hops, tied together nicely by the alcohol. Has a carmel/nutieness to it that is excellent. Extremely bitter finish, which is normaly not my thing, but I realy like it here. Far and away the most powerful beer I have ever had, I wouldnt mind the biterness toned down a little, but this is excellent stuff.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 VINTAGE: A nice light red-brown color and generous off white head start this one. Aroma is lightly hoppy, and quite nice. The flavor is quite hoppy with a medium bitterness...very nice, but a lot of hops wear down the palatte by the end of this pint. A good barley wine, and one that I suspect might get more depth of flavor with aging.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red-brown body with a nice, beige head.
Sweet, malty aroma with some hop bouquet..
Sweet and malty big intial taste with an intense hop bite in the end. Extremely sweet. Notes of alcohol can be detected in the very bitter aftertaste.
Huge, full body. Smooth palate.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like a sack of grain with a few hops tossed on top. Nice burnt copper profile with a substantial, lasting head. In the mouth: Wow, much more than I expected from the aroma, a big, big taste, much like a chimichanga made from barley tortillas and hop guacamole. The hops just last and last, like a good hot salsa. A big hoppy barley wine. Eat up.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rating 2002 nice brownish red color. i don't know much about barley wines but this is pretty good. very hoppy i probably could have aged it more but oh well. citrisy and hoppy flavor.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002: Deep amber/red color, thinly laced head, and HOPS HOPS HOPS! Needs to age some before it's at it's peak - the first few sips are acidic and almost unpleasantly bitter. Settles down a bit after that, though and is terrific. This beer give you a lot to chew on. Very nicely done Sierra!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Fresh sample exhibits overpowering bitterness--the most bitter beer I've ever had. Tremendous, lovely fresh hop character and big sweet burly malt. Historically one of my favorite beers, but with the advent of Old Horizontal, Dogfishhead, and others that exhibit all the flavor without the over-the-top bitterness, this one suffers. Obviously, this will age nicely, when the bitterness softens it will be great.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 2006: Seems to me less hoppy and more alcoholic than previous vintages. There’s lots of rich, syrupy maltiness with a smoky character which completely overwhelms whatever hops are present. Still great. 2005: A perennial hop monster! I’ve finally put a bottle away so I can see how well it ages. 2004: This years version has toned down the hop attack tremendously. I think it is a much better beer now due to this. 2003: Wow. Poured a deep caramel red with a small tan head. Rich fruity aroma, a complete hops explosion in flavor, with a bitter aftertaste and some malt sweetness. Alcohol content is very well masked.