marcus (5855) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XI on tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head. The aroma was hoppy and malty. The flavor was fruity and sweet, with a slightly bitter finish.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
XI Bottle -- Dark brown and read body. Medium light brown head. Good malts and mollasses in the aroma, some plums and raisins. Sharp hops and carbonation in the initial taste. Some interesting citrus accents as well. Spicy initial pallet which calms down to a nice carbonated sweetness in the end.
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle XI. Sweet carmel, brown sugar with a light piney hop aroma. Reddish ruby brown, creamy tan colored head that disappeared too quickly. Powerful mixture of sweet malts meet bitter hops and suprisingly well balanced. Thick and sticky mouthfeel, malt and hop up front with a nice lingering dry hop finish. Not heavily carbonated and not much burn with the 10.4% it carries. There is a lot of malt flavors that balance the dry piney hop nicely. Very nice, I am going to age a couple bottles.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(XII release) Ruby brown color with a tiny beige ring around the edge of the glass in place of a head. Sweet scent, Prunes with piney hops. Sweet, fruity, berries, citrus..loads of malts. Thick and a bit sticky. Hoppy and bitter yes, but the strong bitterness is well balanced with the tons of sweet malts. Not a brew for everyone but I like these big barley wines. Thanks Buckdich!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uinta X, tap at Naja’s from early December. Mahagony brown pour with small head. Very rich sweet malty aromas and flavors - caramel, toffee, dark fruits - touch of plum. Alcohol very present. Very nice.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
X: Deep brown body wit ha touch of red and short lived tan head. Upfront nose with a lot of caramel, toffee, melon, dried fruits (pineapple) and herbal/resiny hops. Firm mouthfeel with a little fine carbonation. Fat vinious malts, touches of rum cake, and more dried fruit. Balanced expertly by large but not overpowering herbal hoppyness. Alcohol makes it taste a bit dryer than it is but picks back up in sweetness in the finish wiht a fair amount of toffee, more malt, and a hop bitterness that lingers for quite a while.
IndianaRed (2150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a clear but very dark mahogany, and a very thick creamy tan head that coats the glass and stays. Aroms are very sweet caramel, over-ripe apples and brown sugar. Flavor is quite hoppy and definately keeps up with the rich sweet malts. Late bitter kick on the trailer. For over %10 the alcohol flavor is very modest. Yes, quite bitter. A bit much I think for me. Very soft carbonation, which is nice for this style and a very soft smooth heavy feel.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
X (that’s 10 in roman numerals) Pours a nice clean amber color. Very impressive barley wine aroma; strong hop character with a carmel malt beneath. The flavor is very sweet at first followed by a grainy and biscut malt, but not as much hop as I expected. There is chocolate malt as well but not as much hop flavor as I expected. There is a bit of alcohol, but it is vairly well hidden.
pinkzambia (1388) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
XII Anniversary Bottle: It pours a lovely, clear dark red with a light brown foamy head and sticky lacing towards the top. The crisp, bitter hops and weeds form a robust aroma. Then the taste . . . it rocked me like a hurricane. I immediately thought of the effect of dark, burnt coffee, an overpowring bitterness that makes you say "Haiya!" The feel is creany which soothes you after the bitter shock. I liked it. I don’t think I would drink it every day, but occasionally.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering at BW3 downtown - Anniversary X 2003 vintage - Aroma is carmel, date, fig, and hops. Pours mud puddle brown with little head and some lacing. Flavor matches aroma and hides alcohol well. Palate is clean. A nicely aged easy drinking BW.