GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fantastic example of a great barley wine. Has an earthy pine flavor as do many sierra nevada beers. Has a nice caramel flavor and rest beatifully on the palate. Just when you think it's too strong the citrus flavors come to the rescue.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 Bottle 2004 vintage. Fairly decent I thought. Amber/red color with a minimal tan head. Hops, fruit, and spice in the flavor. Very well hopped. Thick palate. Strong finish as well. Quite enjoyable.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003: slightly red amber brown with tan head. Hops aroma. Flavors of oranges/apricots with hints of spice. Don't really notice the EtOH. Strong hops finish.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice barley wine, nice spicy flavor with a good hop backbone, prolly one of the easiest barleywines to drink
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 dark ruby-amber colored with small white head. Aroma of HOPS, HOPS HOPS and some sweet alcohol. taste is very hoppy, yet surprisingly well-balanced with fruity malty notes of apricot. Rocket fuel made of Cascade hops. I love it and I think I'll have another pricey sample...
pilsnerrogge (2818) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Dark amber, nice head. Hop-fruity (apricot) aroma and flavour with a touch of chocolate. Full-bodied. Long bitter aftertaste.
osubucks26 (30) - Seville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is possibly some of the worst tasting stuff I've ever had. Looked & smelled kind of like Pine-sol & tasted how I would imagine pine-sol would taste. Not very enjoyable. Only positive out of it was the high alcohol content, it could probably get you drunk in a hurry if you can stomach it.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Big bold lacy white head. Reddish-brown color. Medinciny, citrusy aroma. Hops are there but not intense. Sweet, warm and flavorful. A little acitic in the aftertaste. Not that bold of a statement I was excpecting from this beer. Still warms your heart.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 I have many incarnations of this one. Each year it is subtly different and it ages very well. Beautiful ruby color. Nice off-white head with good lacing. Hops and alcohol are the most prominent aromas. The taste is very hoppy. You can feel all of the malt in the nice thick body. A wee bit of an alcohol burn on the way down reminds you that this is not an ordinary beer. Very good stuff.
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I must say that I was surprised at how good this beer is for a high gravity ale. The balance between hop and malt is amazing. The exceptionally smooth taste hides the alcohol very well and the typical winey ester profile of a high gravity ale is very much attenuated. Really a superb job at this type of beer - reminds me of some of the trappist ales except Bigfoot is clearly dry hopped. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.