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
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 ainít 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 youíll 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 íflavorí 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 iím 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.