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 (4203) - 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 (18446) - 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown pour with thin khaki head. Alcohol on the nose. Dark fruit flavor balanced with a bitter hoppy blast.
Svesse (7700) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2008. Labeld XV Anniversary Barley Wine) Dark ruby red with lasting pale brown head, leaving lots of lacing. Malty, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, chocolate nad orange peel. Malty, hoppy taste with chocolate, blood oranges, orange peel, pine needles and resin. Long, hoppy finish. Rather sweet, but balanced by the hops. Medium to full body. Complex. Very tasty and quite brilliant.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th Anniversary, bottled 7/21/08. Pours with a hazy deep red body, and a small, off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is hoppy, tangy with lots of caramel, with some prunes and dark fruits. Taste is very malty, slightly nutty with a slight burnt astringency towards the end. Thick mouthfeel with sharpish bubbles. Might mellow a bit in 3 or 4 years, but the starting product isn’t really promising enough to warrant the wait.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby red with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and malt. Taste of sweet caramel and malt. Nice hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice balance. Pretty good.
Tmoney99 (13163) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 under the name of 14th Anniversary. Poured hazy reddish brown color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Complex dark fruity and roasted brown sugar aroma. Medium sweet dark fruity flavor with a medium to heavy sweet dark fruit finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good rich brew.