aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge alcohol smell, huge alcohol taste, huge alcohol finish. Cloudy tea color. Same taste as JD and Koolaid (takes me back!)If you put maple syrup over ruby grapefruit and allowed it to verment...you would have this; and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely tasty, as good as any barleywine you’ll find. Nonexistent head, beautiful dark amber color, sweet slightly stinging sensation. Sex in a bottle.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enough hops to ’flavor’ several truckloads of bud. The sweet viscous qualities I most enjoy in a barleywine are obscured by the massive hopping. After you sip, the hops hang around in your mouth for about 10 minutes; no kidding. Average looking barley wine, a ruby amber color with no head and a filmy surface. Woody undertones and hints of tobacco in this bright beer dominated by citrus and other light fruits.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Version bottle,(4.1)I have developed a better palate for this type beer(Barleywine) since starting Ratebeer, Hoppy citrus, thick syrup,high carbonation, wow they finally found Bigfoot, well the beer anyway. Foamy head, thick reddish brown color. Floral and somewhat bitter, nicely balanced, another winner from Sierra Nevada, Recommended- Re-rate again, on Tap at Richos, Much better this way Rich, Hoppy, nice and Sweet and some malt, great example of a Barley Wine, Find it on Tap & it is a Winner !
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours slightly hazy red with a big head(for a barleywine) that leaves nice lace on the glass. buttery, nutty, citrus hop aroma. thick, syrupy mouthfeel. very fruity palate dominated by citrus(grapefruit), with hints of peach and melon. balanced and pleasantly burnt hoppy finish. very nice.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
i had the 2002 its very enjoyable but i’m not really into the fruit/ barley wines but this was very enjoyable
gilkey (3) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy. Nice balance between bitterness & sweetness. Good body.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and molasses aroma, deep and sweet. Raisins, alcohol. Wheat bread. Small off-white head (lacing) over caramel amber clear beer. Medium-high carb, watery thick. Vaporous alcohol taste, malty sweetness and quite a lot of bittering hops. Bitter after and finish. Earthy dark fruit tastes. Nutty after. Not as sweet as I would expect, definitely some Sierra "house flavor", a little too bitter.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is caramel-sweet and pleasantly medicinal...Color is a lovely copper with a massive tan head and frosty ringed lace...Taste is caramel at the front, followed closely by assertive hoppiness, followed in turn by a slight fruitiness...Then that demon alcohol strides in for the warm finish...Body is full, and I love the interesting sequential flavor progression...This has great intensity, and is certainly not genteel, but neither is the real Bigfoot! This unrefined quality is its charm---big and bold, it is especially good as an after-dinner treat...
Holdwine (1114) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cracked a 2001 last night to see how it had aged so far. So far so good. This is a great barleywine. As it warmed, the fruitiness came out. Deep red in color. Drink it slow and enjoy, the alcohol surprises you through the great malt and hops convergence. A year has mellowed things a bit, but added complexity, making for a creamier feel. A great "around the fireplace drink".