HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscuous (sp), this has a very thick feeling in the mouth. Not as hoppy as I remembered it. Me turning into a hophead?? Anyhow a nice bitter sweet finish. Good stuff here. Had to have another just to be sure..
reberiii (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra hoppy barleywine style, maybe too hoppy. Not what Iíd expect for barleywine, but what I do expect from Sierra Nevada. Needs more malt overall.
ColovianTrader (356) - - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of sweet caramel up front. Moderately high citrus hop bitterness, brown sugar, grapefruit and resin. Orange zest finish. Medium bodied and creamy but crisp.
nealblind (946) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2008 in 2-2014 purple brown. Potatoechip aromas.c tastes raisins buttery caramel good balance
c_lee_burton (141) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 bottle. Pours a reddish amber with some brown ale tones. Smells sweet and hoppy. More hoppy than most barleywines. Get tastes of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and resin. Some pine as well. The hops add that signature Sierra flavor and make this stand out among other barleywines.
TedE (138) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into glass. Sticky sweet nose. Bronze translucent with scum head. Tobacco dark malt taste with stinging nettle sharp bitterness at the finish. Serious sipping beer.
Shark_Pants (306) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous reddish brown colour with a decent head for a barleywine. Very hoppy aroma for the style too - lots of resin, pine and caramel. The taste is really rich and flavoursome with a heap of resinous, piney and lightly citrus hops on top of the caramel malt base. Only a hint of butterscotch. Full bodied but strangely drinkable. Lightly prickly carbonation. Really good barleywine.
Rock_Buffalo (22) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Sierra Nevada Bigfoot unleashes a fruity bouquet that grabs you as soon as you open the bottle. Pours beautifully, with a rich amber palette and mild head, enticing the drinker to indulge. The first sip is a flavour explosion, with deeply entrenched hops and fruit at war within your glass, fighting a pitched battle for your attention. The potency of the flavours perfectly masks the strength of this barley wine, resulting in a deeply satisfying ale that lends itself to lazy afternoons and slow consumption. Brilliant.
BeerdedDave (627) - - JAN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great, extra hoppy barleywine style ale; reddish brown color; semi sweet caramel malt background with lots of citrusy, floral hops - almost a cross between an barleywine and an Imperial IPA;
mattyhennessy (353) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber with a purple tinge. Beige head. Sweet dark fruit aroma with the signature piney hop character the Sierra Nevada delivers. Huge dark fruit character on the front of the tongue. Malty sweet, but enough of a resin and citrus hop presence to make this drinkable. Caramel malts are distinctive. Highish carbonation for a barleywine but this increases the drinkability. Very complex, but delicious
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 04.10.14.
A: 3 finger head. Cloudy opaque purple/red.
S: Pine, grapefruit. There is more that I canít pick out easily. Very strong and complex.
T: Pine, malt, raisins dominate. Caramel is there too.
M: Creamy smooth. Oily.
O: This was my first barleywine and it was a confusing experience. It was like an APA or an IPA mixed with prune juice. It was bitter first, then a raisin sweetness took over with a bitter finish. There was some alcohol burn too. This one needs to be sipped for sure. Iíd like to age some of this since itís so cheap and see how it changes.