3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2001 - aged 3 years: Clear amber and with a light tan head. Wine-like aroma of grapes, sweet oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint. Resin oak flavor, thinner than 02.
2002 - aged 2 years: Head is a creamy medium tan, darker than a fresh 2004. Smell is alcohol, creamy plum and apple, very sweet and musty, but has a very nice aged quality. The hops have aged and opened up, giving this the perfect barley wine aroma. Big and frothy caramel evident, some roasted nuts and plums and some smoke. Awesome really. Biting hops and alcohol in the finish, which tingles the tongue with a mellow smoke and orange residue.
2003 - aged 6 months: Nice dark amber color, with a nice light brown head. Smells like plums, with a very strong, full aroma that almost chokes the nose. Very woody, earthy flavor, which nips the tongue at first. Alcohol taste comes through easily, like a few whiskeys I’ve had. After being aged for 6 months, the hop profile is much smoother and the alcoholic bite is not as bad.
2004 - fresh: Sweet citrus hop aroma with the Centennial apparant as a really sweet orange aroma. Syrupy thick, though not as thick as 02 and not as creamy. big biting hops overpower everything else in this one (fresh 04, been on the store shelves for 1 week). Other than the sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors and a small wood flavor, I can’t get much else... this one needs some time.
2005 - fresh - bottle and draft ratings
Appears darker than I remember previous version, but since this was had on draft at a beer bar, that probably plays a role. Regardless, it looks beautiful: dark plum colored body with a foamy tan head. Beautifully pungent hop nose, full of sweet cherries, plums, bubble gum sugars and candi sugar. Has the usual intense hop bite of a fresh Bigfoot, although, like other years, it’s still not fully developed. Woody and nutty flavors are noticed in this, which go particularly well with the overtones of plum and caramel. I have to say that the 2005 is my favorite vintage (fresh) so far, I can’t wait to see how it ages.
Bork (5) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pleasant balance between malts and hops with a long bitter finish. Some alcohol warming follows.
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its body has a deep reddish brown color with a slight haze. The head is thin, about one finger, and very clingy. Over time as I slowly sipped this one it gradually settled down to wispy thin covering that makes nice lace rings. There are lots of wonderful citrus and resiny pine like hop notes in the aroma over rich sweet caramel and roasted malty notes. The alcohol is noticeable and boozy in a good way. Its big full body brings a base of warm boozy sweet malt with strong hops mixed in. There are notes of rich caramel, roasted grain and red lickerish candy covered with powerful citrus and resiny spicy hops. Hop bitterness bites onto the tongue and hangs on long into the finish. The texture has a firm slick feel with nice soft carbonation.
JeyAre (137) - - JUL 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great golden reddish color with rather thin head. Smells of hops! The taste is hoppy and very smooth at the same. Of course the high alcohol level shows up but remains quite discrete. Really a great beer!!!
murran (99) - - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark oaky body with a medium head. Light hoppy aroma. Rich and complex taste with bread, burnt candy and a rough finish.
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panacea (50) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep dark brown with white/yellow foamy head. Nose is raisins, piney hops and alcohol. Taste is hoppy and sweet with hints of dried fruit. Full and malty body. Very nice american barley wine but it lacks some in complexity compared to other BWs. Maybe it will improve with age.
Seffle (150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Systemet. 2014 vintage.
Pours a beatiful dark copper amber with a nice firm head. Heavy aroma with caramell malt and floral hops. Sweet rich palate with a delicate blend of sweet malt and rich bitter hoppiness.
Excellent to a very sweet pecan pie.
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whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 The best of the best
No equal to this malty beast with plenty if hood to balance the finish
JanVah (104) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
På flaska från systemet. Mörk bärnstensfärgad. Härligt blommig doft. Lång smak av beska med en aning av sötma. Finns det mer att tillägga?
BMA (136) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick look. Small brown head. Dark brown red color. Malty. Full, fresh body.
sinfull (787) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color , medium off-white head. Hoppy aroma with hint of caramel malt. Malt, pine , tropical fruits in taste. Long, dry and bitter aftertaste. Great.