Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a superb barleywine style ale. Very flavorful and fruity with a great balance of overwhelming hops and overwhelming malt.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a hint of ruby/purple. Nice big flavour, malt, some fruit and plenty of alcohol. This beer is changing my opinion of SN for the better.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice 9.6% alc. solid taste and just enough head on the pour. Great barley wine.
cbassham (1) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2002 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent dark beer. With alcohol content that high, I am very impressed with the taste.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Wonderful flavor. The intense hops really helped mask the alcohol flavor. Great sweet/sour/apple flavor/aroma. Beautiful dark golden color.
Great hazy (almost opaque) reddish brown color. The hops really come through in the aroma. This beer seems very similar to Rogue Old Crustacean (almost that bitter!) My lips feel very sticky after drinking this. Nice thick syrupy feel. Intense style of barley wine.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense malty aroma with hints of cascade and centenial hops peering through. It is dark amber in coloration with very little white head retention. Highly hopped and well balanced american style barleywine. The flavour is overwelmingly malty with some caramel flavours being discernable, tastes of alcohol, (not to mention it’s effect). Big cascade and and subdued centenial hop flavours. A wonderful fireplace drink.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat disappointing coming from Sierra Nevada. Nice hop presence and the alcohol is concealed well, just a somewhat "off" taste.
BockMan99 (20) - lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2002
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Oh god this was bad, I am a stout lover and was expecting a nice strong beer, WRONG! Tasted like Naty light mixed with Old Crow.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 edition: After the chill haze cleared (I served it too cold) the body was a deep ruby. Head is light beige and nicely creamy. Aroma is good crisp citrus peel hops. Surprisingly low bitterness when cold for such a strong hop aroma. The hops come out stronger as the beer warms giving the beer a nice bitter finish. Mildly sweet malt dominates early on. Some chocolate, which surprises me from a comparatively light colored beer. Also has a distinct breadiness to the flavor. Can’t say anything bad about this beer.