Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
2003 12oz bottle. Another New Years Barleywine. Pretty decent brew. No, I’m lying, this was fantastic. Split with my roommate who has no knowledge of barleywines other than "they have a lot of alcohol" HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
1994 Version- humm who would have thought that you would still be able to drink a beer that was bottled in 94- Well dark amber in color, and 0 head with a sweet caramel smell along with a malty and chocolate taste. yummy. SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2004 12oz. bottle:Rich and full nose of hops. Dark red beer color with a inch of head at first, but simmers down to a layer of film. Exactly what I had expected from Sierra Nevada brewing. Strong and very hoppy with citrus overtones and touch of pine. Wish I had bought the whole 6-pack of this stuff even though it would of totaled like over $11 bucks. I plan to buy another 12 oz and let it age to see what happens. lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2004 does not count
9.6% alcohol made it *appear* appealing. The first taste was pretty rough, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Half a bottle of this stuff later and I was looking for someplace to accidentally spill it. Only I was afraid it might burn through the table. This stuff would probably make a decent drain cleaner. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours amber/brown with a bubbled head. Big sweet malt up front with lingering hops. Then fruity hops kick in at the end and continue into the aftertaste. More malt than other barleywines I have tried. Interesting, but very enjoyable beer.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 12/22/2004:Dark amber with hints of hops, carmel malt and citrus. Nice creamy head and lacing which sticks to the glass for a long time.Maltiness comes through then WHAM! hops hit you hard and stays for long after sip.Aftertaste lingers for a while. Very good stuff, one of the best barleywines. Sierra Nevada has yet to dissapoint me. 12/17/2005: This is still the best beer I’ve ever had. A REAL beer for sure. Makes me proud to be a native Californian. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 2004 - Deep amber coloring - kinda liked ice tea. Very thick, light brown head. Smells of plums and grapefruit. COMPLEX! KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2005 - Much more hop presence in the nose. Sweet and fruity, really IPA-ish when compared to previous years. Some hot, spicy notes (alcohol?) are prevalent in the nose as well. The complex body notes plums, sweet raisens and the great, classic BW spiciness. Aging this could help mellow the malts, but the sweet aromatic hop nose would definitely suffter.
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Make sure you have some foundation in your stomach before you add this to your building. The alcohol is VERY deceptive in this one, so be careful. Awesome drink. Nice hints of red wine and caramel in the flavor. Finish is alcohol and malt. Enjoy! BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
2005 Vintage, courtesy of JCapriotti. Thanks! THIS is a barleywine- big, hoppy aroma "tamed" by sweet malt. Flavor is like a peppermint stick without the peppermint, if that makes sense. Nice notes of candy, sugar, semi-sweet hops, and a touch of raisin. AWESOME vintage! Can’t wait to see how this stacks up against the vertical (’04-?) that I have going on right now.
2007 Bottle: Too hoppy at the moment. Will sit a couple to see how much the hops mellow.
2008 Bottle: WOAH! Who set off the hop bomb? Holy moly, this is one deadly hop explosive... Full of sour, bitter hop goodness... I’m surpised this year it’s still listed as a Barley Wine. AWESOME vintage- the best so far since 2000.
Bottle from sick_boy282: Dark amber color, ruby highlights, with a tiny white head that quickly dies. Aroma: hoppy, notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, resin. Taste: hoppy, grapefruit, pine, orange, bitter, with a sticky, slick malt sweetness, nuts, and a hint of toffee. Medium bodied, quite bitter, mild carbonation. Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Not very pleased with this one. Nice brown color medium head. Taste is too strong and overwelming for me. The hoppy taste was too much and you couldnt taste any thing else.