flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Nice amber color with a large, extra creamy tan head. Strong hops aroma with a little malt. Extremely strong citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel flavors. Nice moderate carbonation with a dry hops finish. This is a very enjoyable barley wine. Everything about it is extreme! PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours medium brown color with light head. Bitter, fruity aroma. My mouth waters as this intense, heavily malted complex beer hits my tongue. Fruity and very bitter. A very full, bittersweet palate. This beer is a bit too bold for my taste buds. Still a high quality brew. firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Nice dark carmel colored body with a small tan head. Very malty and strong flavor. Extremely bold and delicious. One of my favorites. I will definitely buy this again.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle 2004: pours a color like cherry wood with little head. very nice aroma of fruit and hops...citrus and plums. intense flavor (only my second barley wine) of hops with fruit and carmel following. overall this is very tasty...going to drink one more and then let the remaining 4 sit for a year or two. CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
(Bottle) Alas - the barleywine that all others are compared! Argo0 was kind enough to bring this up during his trip to Montreal in September of 2003 - Thanks friend! And six months is the longest I've ever waited to sample a beer. Pours a thin, almond head and a clouded, mahogany body. The nose is very plummy, port wine sweet malt. Body has a strong oily texture. Flavour is of those salted black licorice candies, mild plums and heavy malt. Excellent example. Thanks again for the sample, pal!
brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Great balance with this barleywine. Has lots of floral note within. A bit fuller than Old Horizontal. ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004
This beer suprised me. In the Barley Wine category, it's hard to compare with the Trappists. But this beer was full of flavor and I was feeling nice after just three of these bad boys. Sierra is on of the tops. Tried and true! DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Nice dark carmel collored body with a small tan head. Aroma is strongly alcoholic with big bursts of malt and hops. Tastes like a high octane porter. Flavor is crisp and bitter with a big malty palate and a sharp kick from the alcohol. This is a great beer to keep on hand for those cool starlit nights when only a beer named Bigfoot will do! smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Bottle - wow! Big grassy hop nose. Beautiful amber color. Quickly dissipating off white head, but plenty of lacing. As big and creamy a mouthfeel as I've experienced. Can't say much more than THICK! Big, malty and hoppy. A beautiful barleywine. beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
2003 Vintage: Well I've really been into trying as many Barley Wines as possible lately - this one gets added to the exhaustive list of samples that should have been tried next year - or the year after or the year after.....
Gorgeous amber copper ruby brown with thick frothy tan head. Spicy and extremely hoppy with sweet malts and alcohol and citrus on the nose. Malty and rich and laid back fruits and caramel move between each other on the tongue. Beautiful smooth bitter finish - this one will definitely be re-rated higher if I am lucky enough to taste one that has aged longer. As is still quite good.