Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a cloudy reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick tan head with some lace left behind. Sweet and fruity (mango and cantelope) malt aroma with a hint of hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet and fruity malt flavor with roasty notes. The finish is roasty and bitter with hoppy notes. Full bodied, relatively smooth and warming.
obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a little bit of a disappointment, the aroma was filled with excellent tones of sweet maltiness & even some bittering hoppiness and the deep ruby red color was outstanding, but the flavors were a bit off, too bitter & not enough maltiness for my liking in a barleywine, the beer finished way too bitter, a bit of a disappointment
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redbrown hue with brown tone. Thin white head.
Spicy aroma with merengue and sweetfuit notes. Roasted with hints of chocolate, and citrus from the hops. The flavor is extreme and attacks you like a T-Rex. Lots of citrus and a monstrous bitterness. Spicy with chocolate tones. Cream tones. Grapefruitrind bitterness. Dry chocolate finish. This is almost too much but once in the decade its OK. Seriously, this is one of the best beers I have had.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent, hoppy BW along the lines of an Old Crusty. Not overly thick and the alcohol blends nicely with the piney hoppy overtones.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
great hoppy barleywine, somehow reminds me of both the hair of the dog fred & adam biers. Keep it around awhile, its a good beer to vintage.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 version. Last one of the sixer...pours a very deep dark red, great head and lacing for a barleywine . Bitter hops aftertaste and the alcohol is noticeable.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had never had a Bigfoot Ale that had been aged for a significant period until I just sampled a 2000 edition in April 2003. This beer really improves with time and becomes extremely well-balanced. Not as bitter as the 2003 edition after the aging process and perhaps due to a different recipe. Overall, an excellent barleywine--I would highly recommend buying the 2003 edition now and saving some until 2006.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad as far as Barley Wine Brews go, not my favorite but a good representation.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003. This beer poured a redish brown color with a small tan head. Smells hoppy and can smell the alcohol. Taste bitter and hops.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Poured a clear amber color with a diminished head that laced upon the liquid surface. The nose was of hops and a hint of malt. I was expecting a real alcohol aroma with a Barley Wine at 9.6% but, it wasn't found. The flavor was of bitter hops, alcohol and a fruity character. A medium body with a tongue numbing quality. Not really what I would expect for such a highly rated Barley Wine. It was missing that sweet and winey quality I usually enjoy.