wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Wow a 10.4% beer from Utah. Is that legal? On tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta. Dark amber color. Frothy tan head. Sweet hoppy initial aroma. Lingering foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks great. Delicious too. Sweet and malty. 8,5,8,4,17:4.2
Rerate: Bottled on 5/16/08 from ty5592. Aroma is lots of melanoidins. Tastes shows lots of cardboard oxidation even after being 4 months old. Not that pleasant to drink.. Ages very poorly. 7,3,5,3,13: 3.1
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottled on: 1/14/08, Fourteenth Anniversary from shp555 and the Mystery Swap 3.0. Clear copper brown with a 1 1/2 finger creamy light beige head, good retention. Scorched caramel, raisins, resiny and earthy hops up front. Flavor has piney resiny hops again with the same caramel and juicy raisiny notes following through in the middle. Bitter earthy pine and spicy hops peak around a 4-5 in the dry finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good American BW, and the hops don’t seem to have died out yet considering it’s over 4 months old.
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s 4:59 AM. I should be asleep, but I went to a party tonight and haven’t been home long. So, it’s way too early or late. It’s one of those. But either way, it’s rating #400. It’s also my first ever Utah beer. And this rating 400 comes from the generosity of footbalm, who kindly spread some "hometown" brew across the nation. I missed chances to try Uinta a time or three before, and nearly missed it again, until footbalm gloriously came through... for free! You seriously rock, Eric!
Light for a barleywine... reddish brown with medium head. Retention and lacing are good. Caramel toffee aroma with strong citrus and pine hops. (Damn, the birds just started chirping... I really need to go to bed.) Taste is big spicy hops. Vanilla, caramel finish. Very nice beer.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - XIII. thanks to TBC... pours a deep red with a decent beige head. not an American BW style... much more in line with the English BWs... very malty. aromas of aged malts... medium body... somewhat creamy, big malts, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol is present. Not really into this one... I prefer a big hoppy BW. Not bad though for it’s style.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a ruby color with a tan head. Aroma is aged malts, caramel, a hint of prune and a hint of aged hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toast, and some bitter hops.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled 7/10/07 via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours cloudy dark brown-amber with some ruby-amber highlights. One finger of biege head recedes to a very thin covering. Aroma of sweet candyish malt and some wood. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full and sticky. Flavor of rock candy and very light caramel sweetness overlain by a lightly piney bitterness that carries through finish. Very lightly smokey. A touch of alcohol burn in finish. Pretty good.
SSSteve (3751) - - APR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 bottled 12/5/11. pours a clear dark amber with almost no head. caramel and big hoppy nose. flavors of big toasty bread and burnt caramel. lots of hops this time. i really enjoy the malt profile in this and could do with less hops. medium to full body.
16th anniversary. bottled in jan 09. deep ruby amber with a small creamy beige head. flavor is actually smooth for being young with a full body. lots of dark fruits and some cocoa. seems more smooth than the 14th with less hops and more malts. funny how this brewer has 2 anniversaries a year. 8/25/09
14th anniversary. bottled in jan 08. rusty reddish beer with a medium sized creamy tan head. nice looking beer! fruity sweet aroma with a touch of cocoa. flavor is sweet and hoppy. a good malt balance. drinks smoothly. not a bad barley wine at all. 4/18/08
rayg1 (550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A trade from Douglas, his "best local". Thanks buddy lets give this one a try! The beer opens with a nice hiss and pours out a dark brown with ruby highlights, a small tan head forms on top of the brew. Almost instantly I could pick up citrus smells with a touch of pine. However, the aroma isn’t all hops and in fact the malts make a decent showing to, pretty nice one to smell. Taste is very bold and pretty good. Hops smack the lips with grapefruit and heavy pine resin, however just the right amount of caramel sweetness in the malts comes through to balance it all out. The beer almost has a slight Earthy and wooden taste to it even though this was not barrel aged to my knowledge. Regardless this is an excellent barleywine. I wish I had one more to age for a bit as I could see this one improving with time.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
XIV. A light aroma. Looks good. Flavor is okay. Grainy but actually not that sweet or thick, it actually seems too thin and inconsistent. Decent but not great.
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out.
I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta.