3fourths (9064) - 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.
Samuel214 (446) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB. Mahogny/rubinröd med krämbeiget skum som ligger kvar länge och lämnar rester längs kanterna. Stor nötig och "dessert":ig doft av knäck, bränt socker, karamell och kandisocker. En något mindre kropp än väntat, och förvånansvärt lättdrucken. I smaken är det brända, härliga toner med en gnutta rökighet. Karamellig, nötig, knäckig. Fin beska som upptar precis rätt mängd utrymme. Gott.
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color. Classic Barley Wine aromas with some added hops, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt, with a lot of hops, citrus and pine. Bitter hop finish.
LLaurin (278) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours in lovely dark amber with a firm and tasty golden head. Nose is caramel, honey sweetness and lots of malty wine notes. Taste deep malty with characteristic, light bitter notes of the hops. Palate longlasting and with distinctive bitterness and some oiliness.
neongolden (1151) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(355ml 2016 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear amber/ruby with a loose pile of cream foam that lingers well with lace. Aroma has a typical malty barley wine core, rather sweet with notes of torrified sugar, fruitcake, some paler dried fruits, lightly toasty grain, citrus peel, earthy piney hops with an almost woody character. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of malt up front, raw and lightly burnt sugars, bready, a bit fruity, citrus oils, but with hop character ramping up quickly. That brings pine, dry grass, earth, citrus, and spicy, herbal and peppery notes along with an increasingly drying, quite high level of bitterness. Finishes bone dry and bitter with a long astringent cling in the mouth. Alcohol hidden. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A solid hop-driven barley wine, maybe it’s not as rich in malts as it could be but not totally unbalanced either.
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12fl Oz bottle. Light amount of ahead. Very murky amber color and no lacing. Very good aroma of toffee and citrus. Medium amount of carbonation with really good flavor. There is some bitter taste left after swallowing, that leaves me wanting for more
pictoman (911) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle . Orangey brown with beige head, mild sediment. Caramel and sweet malt, piney hops, dry bitter finish. Medium body.
UXO (1406) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: opaque medium to deep amber with a short, short-lived ivory head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruit, toffee, citrus zest, pine resin. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, sticky lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5)
An extremely interesting ale. Initially, the malt and alcohol aromas overwhelm, and seem to be all there is to it, but very rapidly the huge American-style hops kick in, turning your mouth into the scene of a total battle royale. No sooner does the sweet malt invade, than it’s jumped on by the massive hops. Although it’s hugely sweet (and actually finishes a little sticky), it never gets cloying, simply because the resiny and citrus zest bitter never lets it. You know how people make pomanders by sticking cloves in an orange? Think that, except pine needles instead of cloves, then crusting the whole thing in brown sugar. (16/20)
Enteogenisk (128) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(33 cl bottle in wine glass.) Pours to beautifully that I lost my breath. Amazing clear amber color with a perfect carbonation leaving a half-finger head that lies and dissipates perfectly. The nose is rather thin but clear as a whistle. Was surprised by the amounts of hops coming through on the palate but I think it has a bit to do with the beverage not being as sweet as these BW’s can be. A real hop-fiesta. Excellent brew.
ndburns (125) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle from The Perfect Pour. Pours a bright hazy red with a foamy tan head. Fruity and malty aroma, the taste is strongly bitter with a developing sweetness, high abv noticeable, but not overpowering.
Ngejo (883) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.