SSSteve (3828) - - 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 (565) - 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 (4643) - 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 (959) - 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.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
XIV Vintage, bottled on 7/10/07 and shared with theisti & tjthresh. It pours a deep burgundy with a thin, creamy beige cap that leaves behind wispy lace; quite pretty. The nose is a beautiful malty blend of dark fruit and both piny and citric hops. Medium bodied up front and thinning later, the palate is slick and almost flat with a dry woody finish. (I’m not sure where Tim & Tom got the assertive carbonation they describe in their reviews. I had first pour from the bottle, and I found it quit subdued.) The flavor is a slight drop-off from the nose. Dark fruity malt with a woody, nutty finish. Nice, but it lacks the complexity of the nose. This is a tasty beer and one worthy of cellaring to see how it might evolve.
ChainGangGuy (4420) - 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 (3296) - 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 (1723) - 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 (1866) - 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 (2668) - 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.