CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 2002 bottle sampled on 1/15/05: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a frothy and well-lacing light tan head. The hops have definitely left the aroma leaving a deeper earthy caramel maltiness behind. The bitterness is still present in the body but the total balance has been improved. New butterscotch malty complexity is starting to show up. This is aging quite nicely.
2004 bottle sampled on 5/13/2004: Bold fresh hoppy aroma with plenty of caramel malt backing. Body is sweet and well balanced with nice subtle complexity. This should age well, just like the others.
2002 bottle sampled on 6/7/2003: Medium ruby brown color with a good creamy lacing head. Dense caramel malt, toffee, gingerbread, and bittering hop aroma. Thick complex body yields a great balance of sweetness and bitterness which works to conceal the alcohol masterfully. Bready chocolate chip cookie flavor accents this beer well. A very impressive barleywine with great availability. r464 (2362) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2003
If you are going to tackle a barley wine, this is the one to go after. Very strong, very unique flavor. I had a 2001 batch bottle that had aged a bit. daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
I think this beer would do well with some aging. Brown coloration with a small frothy head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass, aromas are fruity with hop presant. Flavor is malty sweet off the top and dry and hoppy in the finish. A good beer that I believe will be GREAT with some aging. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Deep red color and a thick, tan head. Tastes of grapefruit and pine needles. Seemed a little salty at points. Not as vinous as I expect a barley wine to be. If I hadn't expected it from this one, I'd say it was a little overhopped. Overall, an interesting beer that I'd be happy to sample again sometime.
ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottled in 2002 - quaffed in 2003. fuity bouquet which seemed to say "hey! i have a lot of alcohol!" very bittersweet with an amazingly complex and smooth aftertaste that seemd to bring about a flurry of new tastes. Pardon my French, but ca c'est un (wicked) bon bierre!
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Dark and malty, with a sweet, smooth, but plucky bitterness, this Sierra Nevada is so effervescent it finishes sprightly on my tongue. Tasting Bigfoot makes me visualize hops growing in a sunny field. If the love of your life likes barleywines, this is the one to give him - it's pure bliss!!! Well, a close second anyway... :) Aggie80 (827) - Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Nice brown color, weak head but good lacing.
Strong Ale flavors with the hops dominating. I don't like heavy hops, but this was a good one! IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottle. Solid all-around. Great aroma, plenty of hops, but well-balanced with the maltiness. Felt real nice going down with a bit of a warming effect. Need to get another HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Viscuous (sp), this has a very thick feeling in the mouth. Not as hoppy as I remembered it. Me turning into a hophead?? Anyhow a nice bitter sweet finish. Good stuff here. Had to have another just to be sure.. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 I am working on getting them all, so if you have anything before 1995 or 96, 97 or 98, BeerMail me. I like that it appears to be available in most finer stores. Last tried the 2004 version and it was just as fantastic as the previous.