Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 9, 2001
1.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is some of the more vile beer I have ever had the misfortune of drinking. Reminded me of when my mother used to put soap in my mouth when I was a kid. I was overwhelmed by bitterness and bite. This can’t be how it is supposed to taste. I am definitely going to return the case I got and give it another try. Until then...
------- UPDATE------- this again at slightly below room temperature. Definitely more malty than when it’s cold, but still overwhelmingly bitter. I tried to like this, I just can’t.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very impressive beer in more ways than one. They must have used a TON of hops in the kettle and fermenter. The malt characteristic is there, but the hops are BOLD! Beautiful rich red-brown color and a hoppy aroma mixed with sweetness and slight alcohol aromas. Thick and beautiful, extremely pleasant.
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barely a Barley wine. SNBC has established themselves with their aggressive hopping. That is certainly true of the Bigfoot. But for me, a barley wine is all about the malt. The heavy hopping of a barley wine is simply to cut the cloying sweetness of te base malt. Bigfoot is hopped beyond that point, yet doesnt’ have the malt (or the corresponding alcohol) to really rate a top notch barley wine.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes like their Pale Ale with tons more
malt. Not like other barleywines I’ve tasted but definitely good.
Astrologer99 (22) - Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 bottling. Barley wine’s not familiar to me, and I’m sure this is not anything like an English barley wine. A hopmonster, and so high in S.G. it’s almost a deep ruby syrup rather than a beverage.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG beer. Huge ass malt is actually overwhelmed by even huger ass hops. Second only to Rogue’s Old Crustacean in overall ’huge ass’ department. Age it for two years for a better beer, or drink it fresh to blow the back of your head out. My friend and I split a PITCHER of this on St. Patty’s Day, and I’m still drunk in April.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge beer! I have not had anything this hoppy ever. The sweetness is brief up front, then the bitter lingers and lingers. I think letting it sit for a couple of years would improve the sweetness and mellow out the bitterness for better balance. All in all this is one of the finest brews I’ve tasted. While high in alcohol, alcohol flavor is not very apparent. Every hophead needs to try this brew!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 ReRate for 2003: heavy rich caramel malts with citric northwest hops on top of the nose. deep burgundy color, lasting head. wow, starts with ripe fruit, very flowery and then the intense hops come rushing on. absolutely beautiful hops. Citric, bitter, and very piney. Very intense but oh so so so good.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’Big...’ is a fitting name. When poured this had a huge, lasting, heavily laced head, and a very dark copper-brown color. The nose was hoppy, but not at the total expense of maltiness. Flavor was more complex than I expected. The hops are strong indeed, but there is a lot going on. Big alcoholic kick, too. I won’t even try to explain, but I do very highly recommend this.
mrbeakersalesman99 (17) - USA - MAR 8, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20