ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
15th Anniversary batch. Poured an amber cola color with a lot more carbonation than I was expecting. Aroma was biscuits and malt with a fair dose of hops thrown in. The flavor was much more hoppy than I was expecting. The bittering hops almost threatened to overwhelm the rest of the beer.
This may have been one to cellar to let the flavors play nicely in the bottle a little longer.
Gabe511 (9) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a 12oz sample bottle i got from work. I’m a big fan of this style and this one was pretty good. The nose is of hops, dried fruits and candied sugars. A nice taste of the same with copper malts. The alcohol is well hidden too. Nothing beats an aged Old Horizontal but this one is enjoyable.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This 12 oz botlle(15th anniversary) was dated 7-21-08,so it is pretty fresh,maybe I should have waited longer on this,but it was a free sample.Any way it poured a dark amber color with a large tan head.Aromas were of heavy hops,pine,molassas.The taste was more on the hopppy side with light molassas and fruit.Ok.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Pleasant sugary malt backbone but lacking hops. Just an Ok sweet beer.
How: Bottle 12oz (XIV anniversary version), consumed when about 6 months old
The look: Clead dark-amber body topped by a very small head
In long: Sugary maltiness abound with brown sugar, sugar pie and others. Despite the its very sweet character the beer is not sticky or syrupy, just very sugary sweet. Fruity flavours limited to some berries. Gets more caramelized as it warms up. I can enjoy that type of maltiness if you throw in a top of hops with a strong bitterness. Not the case here, the little hops there was had as much bite as my granny, the poor woman needs to pass her Big-Macs through a blender.
cameljameson (1) - , Utah, USA - AUG 25, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great color not much head, nice clean hopsy smell, malty strog but not over powering great for utah beer lol
eaglefan538 (3024) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from bottle, full brownish-red color with a good initial off-white-ish head, retention only ok, but not terrible, lacing ok, not a standout after the first minutes. The aroma was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, fruits, faint pine. The flavor followed the aroma, a little too sticky for me, although there was a slight hop balance under it all. Not very alcoholic, but it was somewhat metallic/astringent in the aftertaste.
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly opaque reddish brown with athin brown head. Sweet brown sugary aroma with a distinctly hoppy buzz Taste is fruity, metallic, with intense bitterness. Hot alcohol, and thinning taste toward the end. $1.89/12oz
oh6gdx (25127) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (XIV). Deep rubyish amber colour with mediumsized brown head. Aroma is strong hops and alcohol along with some fruityness, vanilla and breadyness. Flavour is mild roast, alcohol, fruity bitterness as well as some caramel. Wellbalanced and pleasant.
vyvvy (5610) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown / bronze with a rocky tan head. Thea aroma is deep and bready with caramel malts, nice rich mustiness and definite abv. Medium / thin body that is a bit slick and thinner than expected with a small amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with earthy hops, dark malt, dry caramel, some woodiness and toffee. The finish has lots of woody / earthy hops and is rather harsh. A decent barleywine for a good price.
michael-pollack (4959) - 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.