Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001: Nose of fruit, citrus. Small white head. Ruddy light brown hue. Delicate malt backbone, hops are evident and dominating all the way through though. Medium bodied, big fruity floral citrus hops. Very decent and drinkable.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Dark translucent brown, white head, thick around the edge, intricate lacing. Citrus hoppy nose and taste. Hops prevail in this one but it does have a subtle malty sweetness as well. Good stuff.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 2001 - citrus, orange and apples. Some fruity malts in the taste, but dominated by the hops from beginning to the dry end. The alcohol was well hidden. Although excellent, it was a little thinner than I would"ve liked. I"ll need some more of this!
2002 - Similar flavors, but a little sharper and hoppier. Just as good - same numbers.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Bigfoot 1995: 8;3;7;5;16: Like Thomas Hardy - sherry like. Alcohol, mediocre, syrupy, raisons, chocolate aroma. Orange brown body. Thick, espresso, chocolate taste. Long bitter but pleasant finish.
RERATE of Vintage 1995 in 2005: Dark brown color, small oily lakes on top. Muddy, earthy and bark nose. Very intense coffeebeans, nutmeg nose. Very silky texture. Long lasting taste - numbing upper lip. Awesome mouthfeel.
Bigfoot 2000: 8;4;9;5;17: Apple and coffee/chocolate aroma. Very hoppy, also raisons and dates in the flavor. Short bitter kick.
Bigfoot 2001: 8; 5;7;3;15: Fruity - oranges and apples but also coffee in the nose. Bitter hoppy kick when a short bitter aftertaste. Thin.
Bigfoot 2002: A loadful of hops, the hoppiest of the four tasted vintages. Long bitter finish.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Letís pop the top and into my glass we go!!! Aroma of liquorice, grapes, hops, some malt, pine, alcohol and cinnamon. The pour is a very bright red while held in a light source with a tannish-orangey head that laced nicely and stuck around the much of the enjoyment. The taste grabs hold with a citrusy bite right from the getgo...lime, liquorice, good malty aftertones, and a nice hoppy finish. Good warm alcohol feeling in the belly and the back of the throat. My goodness i think ive found a decent barleywine!!! Hereís the secret ...serve warm...55-60F for a more full tasting experience. A bit crude at 9.6% ABV...a tough percentage to hide but done well enough behind that liquorice, malt and hop mix. A decent brew i would definitely grab again if it were in front of me.
Re:Rate....apparently I was smoking crack during my previous rating. Licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, sweet and sticky, and this despite being only 9 months old. I cant believe how well this ages or how well the alcohol is hidden. Unbelievable head retention, hops galore, citrus and roasted barley meet in a glorious collision. Clean abrupt finish...sweet and warming.
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew is many things - subtle is not one of them. Delicious, fruity, malty, and hoppy aroma - all at the same time. Flavor is all that as well. Detect a bit of undertone flavor of nuts as well in the aftertaste. Nice deep rich burgundy-like appearance. Warms the belly - but the alcohol is hidden oh so well. Best of Sierra so far. Thanks to Aurelius for this one. 2002 edition.
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 oh yes, my favorite barley wine. good head retention, great aroma with some fruit and little alcohol accompanying the hops. The flavor has, in my opinion, the perfect balance of malt, alcohol, and hops. More hops than is standard for this style, but I'll certainly forgive it. One of the best beers in the world.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The alcohol flavor comes through too much and it seems like they tried to mask it by overdoing the hops. Iím not impressed.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Edition: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small white head. Strong aroma of hops and malts, but mostly hops. Wow! A super hopped up barley wine, maybe the most hoppy of the style I have tried. Alcohol is well hidden. The malt flavor is there if you look for it. Iím drinking this at room temp. (probably 65 degrees F, at minimum), so the hops are punching me in the mouth. Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention hops?
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
hhmmmm...tasted like flowers to me (toooo damn hoppy) ididnt like it at all...YUCKY