michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle (XV): Sweet aroma. Smells of hops, caramel, pine, toffee, and biscuit. Poured dark red/magenta in color with a small beige head that disappeared quickly. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of bitter hops, ripe dark fruits, pine, alcohol, chocolate, wood, and malts. Medium body. Slightly sticky, coating texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter, dry, alcohol-burn finish.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. mahogony pour iwth thin head. citrus hops, old wood, malty aroma. earthy, rich full malty body, nice piney hops. light bitterness in finish. alcohol a bit too present. nice.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at home with Diz.
Almost black amber colour with a sumptuous tan head. Damn what an aroma. Massive chewy and earthy malt with loads of cheese and sugar and topped off with some brutal hoppage. Spicy and resinous, grassy and pungent. Bloody outstanding snout. Flavour is along similar lines. Superb and robust peated malt base. Good chewy caramel. Massive stinging hoppage that really wakes the palate up. Finishes with a full assault of all the complexity it can muster. This is a storming beer.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at GBBF 08. 14th Anniversary edition. Deep brown with a foamy magnolia head. Right from the first sip, it’s all heavy malt and fierce hop flavours. Very, very American. It takes you out back to the alley and gives you a kicking!
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with large beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and pronounced hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, caramel, grapefruit, piney and hoppy Notes. Ends solid bitter.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with douglas88. pours very dark brown with a small tan head, not typical of a barley wine but still very appealing. aromas are sweet dark malts and hop resin. the aroma is good but not great, i dont even know what else i want but its just middle of the road for barley wine aroma. flavours are big and well balanced with black tea bitterness at the end. not a bad barley wine but not the best ive had. thanks for the bottle douglas!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a semi-clear dark maroon/brown, with a smallish light tan head. Smells of burnt malt, big caramel, bready yeast, and wood. The flavor actually has a pleasant little fruitiness to it, then turns too some yeasty bitterness and caramel malt. Kind of a burnt wood thing going on too. Almost had a campfire thing going on. Im not huge on barley wines recently, I havent had the palate for their bitterness, but this was decent.
Headbanger (3541) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle XV(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours a dark ruby amber body with a small ring for a head. Aroma of caramel, sweetness, malt, and butter. Taste is of the same with all the flavors coming together and finishing with a nice sweetness. A bit mild IMO but still very tasty.
LinusStick (3014) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Secret Santa. A delicious and easy to drink barley wine. I usually don’t care much for American barley wines, but this was very nice. Aroma was strong caramel malt, a hint of Vicks VapoRub and alcohol. Pour was a nice deep cloudy brown with a one finger near tan head. Taste was a little hot, but very hoppy and drinkable. The strong caramel and sticky malt quickly gives way to a heavy hop backbone. The hops carry through to the aftertaste. Nice barley wine!
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a 12 oz bottle, XV Anniversary. Aroma is a sweet caramel scent with some alcohol in the back. Color is a deep dark ruby with almost no carbonation and just a thin ring for a head. Taste is sweet, fruity and a bit light. Starting with a full/medium body it goes down with a sweet feel. Finish comes in with a sweet roasted malt taste that has some nice raisin tones the a mild bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness builds a little with just a hint of alcohol. This is a nice Barley Wine, its a little lighter then most and a bit bitter but still tasty.