IndianaRed (2184) - 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 (1395) - 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.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rating is for the XII. Clear, ruby brown with moderate, transient head. Black cherry, brown sugar, molasses and wet grain are exhibited in the aroma. The aroma suggests that the beer will be rich and sweet, which is contradicted upon the first sip. The flavor has surprisingly light, sunny malt notes with cocoa and some dry caramel. More than anything, there is massive hop bitterness underpinned by some fairly assertive piney attributes. The bitterness really dries out and overwhelms any residual sweetness that might be left in the beer. The alcohol level is well hidden. Residual bitterness leaves the mouth puckered for a long time, but not in that good Bigfoot sort of way. This is more coarse and unrefined - unwelcome. Too dry and conspicuously low on hop aroma for my tastes.
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004. Clear ruby-tinged brown, but it’s really more brown than red. Great yellow head. The aroma screams pinene and toffee like seemingly every US beer I have lately. Some strawberry jam and buttered toast (as opposed to strawberry jam on toast, obviously there’s a big difference there.) Tastes way hoppier than I expected, though it’s really just quite a harsh bitterness that is very much apparent from the get-go and kinda spoils the whole thing. There are some other subtle, piney, hop flavours but it’s quite light in both body and malt. There’s a fair bit of alcohol in there too, but it’s really all about that pine. Tastes young and a bit simplistic, but still an enjoyable enough drink.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very malty brew. Pours dark. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruit. Finish is sweet and alcoholic.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber and a foamy golden head. Nice aroma of sweet malt and bitter hops with a good fruityness. Good balance. Malty and hoppy flavor, nutty notes. Foamy mouthfull. An easy drinkable barley wine, good but not outstanding.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/30/05 Vintage 2003 draft @ Najas
Murky brownish-orange color. Malty aroma was sweet and fruit fruity with a faiir amount of toffee. some citrus hop. Flavor of sweet dark fruits.