drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with tan head. Nose of oxidized malts, brown sugar, pine, grapefruit. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, charred malts, dry finish. Nice barleywine working with slightly oxidized malts with nice hop flavor.
beastiefan2k (3212) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Standings Bar, served in a small wine glass. Version XV if I remember correctly. It pours with no head and a dark ruby color and glows when put up against the light but cannot see through it anyway. Aroma is surprisingly full of aggressively bitter hops then candied sweet malts. The aroma is definitely on track for a hoppy style West coast barleywine. Taste is lighter on the hops and a bit of watery bitterness. Just in general a bit of a watery barlywine flavor but still sweet and candied.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from IrishBoy. Brown with a thin cream color head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is a nice maltiness, light hops, caramel, brown sugar, light warming.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Superdave70. Pours a cloudy iced tea color with minimal tan head. Nose is very malty with caramel, toffee and floral hops. Taste is caramel and brown sugar with a nice boozy bitter hop finish that lasts. Medium mouth feel. Good stuff! Thanks Dave!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogany body with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt character in the aroma with a light pine perfume hop character. A moderately viscous mouthfeel. Creamy and malty at first then a strong hop pine aroma lingers with a noticeable alcohol warming. A light roasted malt character is also present in the finish. Caramel and pine clash back and forth for domination after each sip. Good brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XV bottled on 9/29/08 by way of superdave70.
pours nearly the same color as the bottle... woody brown with coppery hues. it has a minimal tannish off white head and some light spotty lacing.
the aroma is a touch resinous and hoppy along with caramel, grass, earthy spices and citrus (grapefruit and orange) in the background.
the flavor is similar... along with some floral qualities. the sweetness is subdued and there is a mildly bittered spicy finish. medium bodied with fine soft carbonation. bitterness and hoppy dryness keep it from becoming sticky. a BW i actually can drink without cringing... impressive.
incredibly well balanced, controlled and insanely drinkable if i didn*t have to go to work...
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 9/28/08. Pours a clear dark amber-copper color creating a thin, but tight, creamy head. Exits the bottle thick and viscous. Dominant aromas of caramel candies, toasted malts and dark brown sugar are initially noted. Although described on the label as a malty barleywine a substantial amount of citrusy and piney hop aromas make their way through in the background. Some faint distracting and somewhat unwanted aromatic medicinal and oxidation notes are noted also. For such a young bottle this is quite unusual. Palate is slick, full and oily with a very fine carbonation level. Great mouthfeel for a high ABV beer. Flavors start out on the malty side with assertive notes of burnt caramel candies, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and a touch of sherry. A nice balance of moderately bitter pine and grapefruit rind hop flavors slide in at the finish to cut through the sweetness. Overall a pleasant, full bodied warm sipper; perfect for a chilly winter night. At $9.99 per sixer a great value also.
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, heavy hoppy, grass, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. (070808)
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Superdave70. Aroma of caramel malt and barley grains. Murky brown body with tan head. Good blend of barley grain and sweet caramel malt. Mix of grain and sweetness lingers and smooth on the palate. Thanks Dave.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of SuperDave
Pours an amber red with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor is malt, hops, caramel, nuts. Good mouthfeel and nicely balanced. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.