Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2004
smells a lot like Stone’s Old Guardian, more dark. With decent white head, little to no lacing, very cloudy. Real freken hoppy, wow. Most hops I’ve seen in a Barley Wine. Good Balance with bitter wheaty finish. BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Gorgeous ruby-red color and an intoxicatingly rich and fruity aroma. Malts are powerfull and fruity with a nutty follow. Hops kick in strongly at the finish to give this one a crisp finish. Excelleny offering - I wish I could get this locally. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2003 bottle poured a deep Mahogany red with a small head and a strong hoppy fruity roasty aroma.
awsome hoppy taste with a bittery finish.
This is a strong rich tasting beer nice and strong, great!! DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
2004 version. Pours clear coppery/slight ruby with medium, white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, hops, citrus, cognac. Tastes malty, with dark fruit, hops, and cognac. Medium, firm palate. Finishes fruity, malty, with even some chocolate and nutty elements. Nice complexity. Crisper and more polished than Flying Dog horndog. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 i have been drinking this beer for years!always great every year.i have turned on many of my friends to it as well.im in love with the bigfoot!
2004 bottle drank on 9-30-05:seems as if this brew mellows well with age.everything is a bit more balanced and the alcohol is a bit more hidden.
(on tap @ hot shots in pismo beach)i cant believe this is even better on tap!better balanced alot of the harsh carbonation is gone.awesome stuff.
(1999 BOTTLE OPEND ON 12.25-2007)WOW!smooth as all get out.i cant believe the hops are still in the equation.super balanced....im speechless.
chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2004
A real monster of a beer. Reddish bronze colour. Nose is dominated by typical US sweet resinous hops. Bitter orange, brown sugar, burnt caramel and licorice in the flavour, with plenty of balancing hop but its a bit sweet and cloying. Very intense. Almost too intense really. Not big on finesse, balance and integration. Big alcohol afterburn. I still kind of admired it though. Cask at GBBF 2004.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Brown with a nice and lasting head. Aroma from vanilla, syrup and some butter. Flavor brings some alcohol but also burnt syrup, some tobacco and a bitter finish. AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Mahogany red with orange highlights. The head is a beige/yellow with low retention and sticky lace. The aroma is hoppy and fruity with caramel. Full bodied, syrupy and creamy with a biting finish. Flavor starts very hoppy with a sweet middle and a heavy hop finish.
IMHO: Heavy and hoppy. Could be a little green. Better over 60f.
jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Re-rate
Wooden, vanilla, marzipan, oranges and nut aroma. A bit belgian yeast funk.
Hazy dark red brown, stable white lacing head.
Heavy malt, burned coffee hops
and wooden spices.
Cognac, fruit, wood, raisins -
fire in the end.
Medium heavy and oily.
Powerfull stuff - slowly gets too much though.
Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Bottle: Poured a light dark beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums and some nice malt. Taste is quite wonderful with again the plums/raisins sweetness being noticeable. It ends with a wonderful warm feeling. Overall, this is a very good barley wine and would like to taste this again on a warm winter night.