ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tiny, off-white head.
Smell: Caramel malts with a handful of toasted breadcrusts and a pine resin hop scent. A bit of booze lurking in there as well.
Taste: Sweetish caramel malts arrives with a bitter, resinous hop hit of pine. Slight cherry fruitiness underneath. As with the aroma, the abv is apparent. Tangy, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not a top tier barleywine. I, for one, could use a heft of malt and body.
theisti (3209) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, XIV Vintage, shared by Gregis. Bottled on 7/10/07. Pour is ruby-orange brown with a nice dirty white head. Aroma of bright citrus (orange) hoppiness with a round, soft melting caramel sweetness. Taste is big, bitter and sweet. Quite a bit of carbonation. Less sweetness than the nose would have suggested, but still very present. This was quite nice, I was surprised at the amount of bitter hoppiness present with the age. Highlight on this one was the nose.
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, XIV, thanks to footbalm. Rating #994. Pours red/amber, with a small head. Aroma is caramel, hops, malt, and fruit. Flavor is hops, caramel, fruit, toffee, and a little vanilla. Body is a tad too thin, but this is a good one.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
XIV shared by Greg. Pours dark red with a tan head. Wonderful marriage of hops and malt. Toffee, cherry, and citrus abound. Whoa. Not so much in the flavor. Underwhelming toffee and chocolate. Medium body. Gritty. Hight carbonation. Dry finish. Great beer until you drink it.
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle XIV from douglas88 which I enjoyed thank you. Nice roasted malt flavors. Light fruit flavors as well with some cherry and prune in there. ours a dark brown color. Smokey, wood, oak, vanilla aromas are complex and good. Full bodied chalky and creamy texture.
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XIV bottle courtesy douglas88. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Huge malty aroma with tons of citrusy hops. Very over the top, huge malt taste, gobs of hops, very spicy and alcoholic. This is from Utah?? Finishes with a bitter citrus tang of hops. Very good and will be amazing with some aging.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1st Birthday Beer. Sent to me by footbalm, thanks Eric. Pours a hazelnut crimson with a frothy tannish head. Nose has some a nice mix of heavy caramel malt, alcohol, and fresh hops. Lots of hops and bitterness in the flavor, tastes very young, with some nice caramel sweetness which begins to make its presence amidst the vast hops. Finish is a bit astringent with bitterness. This will probably be nice in a year or two.
BelgianBeerGal (3133) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
XIV bottle in Brian Head. Very drinkable barley wine. Poured a dark brown colour with ruby highlight. Medium tan head and medium lacing. Aroma of candied fruits, molasses and hops. Flavour of caramel, sorghum, and mild hops. Nice finish that was not too heavy or bitter from the hops. This bottle was only about 5 months old but I think this will gain complexity with age.
DrnkMcDermott (2789) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 12 oz. bottle, dated 12/12/07. Yep, shared with Cornfield, and with Matt and Andrew at Flossmoor, because Matt let me fill a swingtop of Frambozner to trade with douglas88 for this rare treat (but it turns out my shipment broke)…
Anyway: brandy and garnet color. How do I say this–fruits and malts in nose, "light" but persistent. This is quite a young barelywine, and an example of the American style as it’s stuffed with hops. So there’s plenty of bitterness, but it’s on top of some very strong caramel malts. Kind of a burn as it goes down, but the kind you want with single-digit temps outside. We’re all agreed this might be fabulous if it were laid down for a few years, but I wanted to make sure to share with the very architects of this malty feast.
Sorry, I have no Utah stories.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s been nearly three decades since I’ve ventured into Utah. At the time, I was clearing my head and mainly getting high on life, visiting spots like Bryce Canyons, Zion, and Arches National Parks. At the last, campers were probably left wondering for years at the reverberating chants of "Moe! Larry! Cheese! Moe! Larry! Cheese!" that echoed for miles around from beneath the largest of the natural arches. I was also snowed in for a few days in Vernal, which is an experience in dulldom that I could only wish on my worst enemies. And I visited the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City where as I was told as politely as possible that I looked "spiritually unclean." Finding ANY kind of liquor (I was a heavy Bourbon drinker at the time, still being married) was rough, so if you told me that I’d be drinking a barleywine (Did they exist yet in the U.S.?) from that state, I would like to have shared whatever you were smoking.
Thanks to my friend Drnk_McDerMott, I was able to do that very thing today when he generously shared a bottle with brewers par excellance Matt & Andrew from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Station and me.
It was the latest bottling, XIV, and could use some laying down time. But it has a great pour, a clear reddish amber with a bubbly ecru head. The first scents to hit the nose were the hops, pungently earthy with resinous pine and a bit of burning grapefruit. Caramel/toffee malty smells along with a hardy whiff of alcohol also came through. The ale was hot and peppery on the tongue. The hoppy bitterness dominated the flavor followed by the alcohol burn, but the malty sweetness made a valiant effort to keep things in order. It finished on a prolonged, lingering, earthily bitter note with a steady alcohol burn. Pretty decent, but it would certainly benefit by siz to twelve months of aging.
<font size=-4>Thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=7 for the share and for the tasting of his Sugar ’n’ Spice Baby Ale.<font size=-1>