3fourths (8481) - 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 Iíve 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 canít 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, itís 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 canít wait to see how it ages.
Cory (367) - , California, USA - APR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle. Molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg aromas. Very creamy but a really dry nutmeg powder finish. I could drink a lot of this and forget itís almost 10%.
coachd (261) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is vintage Sierra Nevada hoppiness, mixed with some brown sugar and dark fruit. Spicy, earthy aroma, different for a barleywine. Beautiful dark amber color with a tiny ring of white foam that leaves good lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter up front but then reveals some barleywine characteristics. A little malty and has some sweetness in the middle and end of each sip. No booze burn at all. Palate is outstanding with just the right amount if carbonation. Overall, this is just ok. It's not really a barleywine. I love hops, but this comes off too bitter for me. I will age a few bottles, hopefully this beer changes into something I like better.
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ceason (20) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a lasting large fizzy off-white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and flowery. This was a great barley wine!
adasko (807) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromat słodki, słodowy i owocowy, delikatnie chmielowy. Barwa miedziana, piękna piana świetny lacing. W smaku dość wytrawny. Wyraźna goryczka. Brakuje ciała i słodyczy, perfekcyjnie schowany alkohol.
OmegaX (1326) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4-pack, sipped on throughout the week. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops, caramel malts. Flavor is hop forward with a lot of pine tree flavor and thick caramel, sweet malts. Intensely flavored. Quite bitter.
GlassBrass440 (233) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage opened 5/4/15. Pours a dark brown with whipped cream thick eggshell head that lingers and dissipates so slowly that you donít notice until itís gone. Aromas of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and bunt cookies. Caramel, red grape juice, raisin, plum, alcohol, and bitter orange peel which lingers - assertively - long into the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Another year or two and this will be better, I would think.
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SlovakSniper; thanks! Caramel, apple, and light citrus aroma. Bitter taste with some underlying sweet caramel. Long bitter finish. Some lemon notes. nice.
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Very solid barley wine. Big resinous and piney hops, sweet and chewy malts, some dark fruit.
smroush (103) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex aromas - alcohol sweetness, a touch of fruitiness (hard to describe the fruit - apricot, mango?), a distinct rustic, wild bitterness that reminds me of rye, lots of bready malt but also lots of classic northwest USA hops - spruce.
Color is an attractive dark amber, slight off-white head.
Taste is heavy bitterness and fairly pronounced sweetness, presumably from the alcohol.
Full bodied; creamy and oily texture; average carbonation; long finish with carbonation, sweetness, spruce and long lasting bitterness.
Overall very good; I like the complexity and the balance of both very strong malt and hops.
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First time I tried this about 15 years ago, I thought the alcohol content was higher. Tried again a few months ago. Pours a darker-medium brown, slightly amber color and has a strong barley and yeasty smell. Leaves a nice lace from the thickness and alcohol. Taste is semi-sweet at first but goes down bitter and very hoppy. Barleywine is not my favorite type of beer, but this is on the lighter compared to some of the heavier 11-14% ones.