soyorganic (299) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with yellowish head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt and alcohol. Hops dominate most of the taste. I am not the number 1fan of hop heavy barley wines as I could just drink an IPA. Although the hops are not over the top, I prefer more of a sweet flavor. The sweet caramely taste is there but the hops take it over. Alcohol is not noticeable. Heavily carbonated for a barley wine, maybe because the date is 9/29/08 and it hasn’t mellowed much. But still, much better a majority of beers out there.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got this from douglas88 and belgianbeergal. Dark brown pour. Aroma is very sweet with a good nose of hops too. Flavor would be really nice but I personally do not love very hoppy barleywines and this one is hoppy. But it has a great mouthfeel and its obvious this beer is well made...just not my perfect style.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally - a Utah beer for me! Dark plum/brown with a medium head. Aroma has some dark sugar, caramel floral/earthy hops, and some alcohol. Flavor is a tad too alcoholic, but is fairly well rounded with a nice hop bite and lots of caramel and sugar. Quite robust. Good, though some time on this one could improve it IMHO.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
15th Anniversary, bottled 7/21/08. 12oz bottle. Pours caramelly dark brown with no head. Smells caramelly malty sweet with some red fruit flavored hops, spicy. Touch of booze as well. Tastes sweet, caramelly malty with some red fruit and spicy hops. Tastes good but a little oxidized. Full body, ok carbonation.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Vintage XIV. Clear warm amber golden with a dense and creamy beige head leaving laces. Fat aroma of burned caramel and spicy hops. Quite full-bodied with a very solid malt base of caramellish malts and overripe fruit. Distinct bitterness in the finish. 201008
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep amber color with a foamy tan head that lasts and laces nicely. Aroma of pine and grapefruit peel hops, sweet roasty caramel malt, a touch of brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor seems nearly IPAish at first, but the hops give way to toffee, ripe fruit, chocolate and toasty malt. Nice full, satisfying mouthfeel. The hops come back on the finish, lots of pine resin lingering on the palate. Alcohol is well incorporated into the brew. Not overly sweet. A seriously good barleywine!
Grovlam (4170) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Average beige creamy head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Clear amber color. Aroma of chewy apricot and peach with notes of rye bread, caramel, grain. Over the palate came grapefruit, alcohol, citrus and floral spicy notes. Full bodied with an average carbonation and dry thick texture. Moderated to heavy bitter and sweet flavor. Lingering bitter dry finish with a malty twist.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle labeled as a 2006 bottle. Deep ruby brown color with no head. Alot of raisin, toffee, and molasses in the aroma. Slightly sweet, good bitterness, a bit of oak notes, and smooth. Nice barley wine.
fiulijn (16644) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at R.F.D., Washington DC, as XV Anniversary
Mahogany color. Aroma of caramel and old wood, solid. Strong body structure, with very good sweet caramel flavor, not syrupy, and with a strong bitterness. The final is well balanced between medium sweet caramel and the bitterness. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IrishBoy, pours deep burnt caramel with a thin halo of a head. The nose is brown sugar, dried fruits and malty. Very nice. The flavor follows the nose nicely with a touch of heat lingering. A bit creamy on the palate.