bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Bottle. 2005. Ruby amber beer with a nice beige head. Sweet malt aroma with citrus and pine resin. Pine resin flavors with a nice malt backing. Good lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol warming. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2005--this is gonna be freaking awesome...way too hot right now,,but the backbone is there! Sweet, malty, creamy, rich, dried fruits, all in there..but dominated at the moment by hops and an alc bite..i see the vision,,and it is i gotta pick up a case and sit on for 2 or 3 years! auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 2005 Bottle. Somewhat subdued aroma of buttery caramel and sugary lime peels. Really can’t pull much else out of it. Pour of ruby and tawny murky, with a fringe of soapy off-white head. Still alcohol and hop hot a year later. Stinging soap, resin and pine flavor, with a light run of creamy malt in the background. Really lights up the sinuses. Palate is grassy and dry. Still not a winner in my book.
2005 Bottle in 2007. Another, what was I thinking? This beer is sublime at two years. A very diverse and rich aroma, loaded with C-hops. Complex, yet estery and signature. Pours in that glorious earthy red, with a thin line of off-white and some carbonation carrying through. Flavor is right on. Hops are at the perfect point, still really dominating the beer, but glowing with fruit, citrus, pine, and plants. It’s all good. I can feel them starting to switch over into a little more dust and celery, but it seems to be a good thing here. Malt is luscious and creamy. Finishes strong. A true classic. beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2005 bottle Dark hazy brew with a quickly fading beige head.Ok I am smelling rum soaked malt sprinkled under a pinetree with subtle citrus.the taste is BIG lots of malts ,lots of hops ,lots of alcohol.Thick body,nice balance of hops and maltiness.My palate or this beer is changeing.I can enjoy this beer but I can remember it as way to bitter in my first encounters @1998. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Re-Rate: (From an 8-year Vertical) (Numbers have been changed according to the 01 vintage)
01- Flavor has changed dramatically.
The hops have been subdued, but the flavor has really came out. Woody and more alcohol is present. The malts really stand out in the older vintages.
05 Bottle- Pours a dark Amber, small white head. Aroma is grassy and floral hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, malts are present, but hops dominate this one. Alcohol also present int the flavor, I think I will like this aged a lot more than fresh.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
An amber color with a tan head. Has an aroma of fresh pine. The taste is strong in hops and pepper. Not being much of a barleywine fan this isn’t too bad of a beer. ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 rerate - 12/23/05 - 2005 bottle - Aroma is sweet malt, dark fruit, and citrus hops. "Hot" on the tongue with sweet malt and other dark notes underneath. Long, long bitter finish. Just too much sharp bitterness. If this were aged it would be fantastic. (The first time I rated this was my first barleywine rating...gave it 9,5,9,4,19...was also a 2005 bottle)
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
2005 bottle. Deep golden brown with red and golden accents. Hops dominate aroma with a malty backing, standard for a young barleywine. Resinously bitter nose, malty texture in the heavy body with some alcohol warmth, leading to a lingering bitter mouthfeel in the finish. Excellent American Barleywine, but definitely not an English Barleywine as evidenced by the choice of hops. Definitely needs some maturing, I will update my rating at various timepoints with subsequent aged tastings. BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Very nice appearance. Poured a dark copper with small, tan head. This beer is a hop bomb. A virtual hop bomb. Start bitter and finishes bitter with a smooth middle. Very good. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
beautiful appearance; the color, head, and aroma- it temps you to gulp it- along with its 9.5% abv label. Nice mix of hops aroma and malt flavor. My favorite barley wine yet. Nice work Sierra Nevada!