MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Citrusy C-hops befriend berrylike malt sweetness...Raw, green hop bitterness expands onto the tongue and gathers a few plants on its way, creating a rather rough finish...A near-full malt body extends its brown rum ideas to its sweet fruitiness...
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hop nose of resinous orange-pine-grapefruit with strong, sweet underlying maltiness with some hints of alcohol. Opaque brown body with shy tan head that lasts nicely once coaxed to make an appearance. Sharp, strong, hoppy and alcoholic with some vegetal notes and a toffee-like sweetness. Medium body, low carbonation and definite alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangey light brown cloak is crowned by a slight off-white ring. Beautiful biscuity malt has a profuse earthy and smoky backbone to it. At the same time, the severe alcohol bite is dwarfed by obtrusive c-hops, sharply piney, orangey, grapefruity.. Palate presents also that immature hoppy profile on a leafy platter, almost harshly so and I’m usually quite fond of leafy flavors. Suggestions of wood, pencil shavings (dusty finish), vegetal green hops, toffee. Medium body shelters a low carbonation. Nevertheless, just for being what it is (10% barleywine from Utah), this is an absolute must.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 issue: Burgundy with a cast of orange. Dense off-tan head leaves webby lace all over the glass. Fruity aroma with mushy/mature malts, brandy, walnuts, and sweet plums. Touch of "green" hops, oxidation, lemon drops, phenolic esters, and meaty alcohol. Airy fluff to the carbonation. Leathery malt twang couples with mild date sweetness and oxidation. Hints of dark honey are negated by the medicinal astringency and gentle roastiness. Cheek-reddening, throughout, with a firm brandylike alcohol push and a hardy malt backing. Oxidation and vinous acidity eventually weaken the malt girth and highlight the leafy hops, which fail to strengthen the body. Salt-tinged finish with hints of licorice and an alcohol tingle at the roof of the mouth. First few sips show potential, but it’s just not big enough to handle the moderate acidity and oxidation. Serviceable British-style barleywine.
omhper (18314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003 vintage, sampled draught at Stuffed Sandwich, Greater Los Angeles.
Dark brown with creamy head. Some vinous berries upo front. Sweet, buttery and very malty. Salty with loads of toffee. More of an English style barley wine, than an American hop monster variety. May I call for the substyle Utah Barley Wine ;-)
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Just sampled a XIV anniversary bottle and it was quite similar to my previous experience, with a good smooth balance of sweet caramel malts and resiny bittering hops. A nice barleywine.
Bottle-X 2003: Dark copper color with a thick white head. Aroma full of fresh hops and plenty of sweet caramel malt. Body is mildly sweet and well balanced with a semi-dry finish that hides the alcohol quite well. A very nice and drinkable barleywine. I thought this stuff was illegal in Utah, but I’m not complaining...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barley wine pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber-brown body topped by a thick off-white head with lots of lacing. This brew has a really nice aroma. It’s sweet and malty with a hint of grapefruity, piney hops, a touch of alcohol and a very slight caramel note. The flavor is bitter and piney from the hops with a slight grapefruit note and some sweet maltiness. Full bodied, smooth, slightly dry and warming.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown color. Medium sized foamy white head. Aroma is dark fruit and molasses. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. First things first. A 10% beer from Utah! Way to go, Uinta! Did the natural law of Utah get changed or is it for export only? Very dry taste, not very sweet. Did all the sugars get fermented out? Its missing a lot of the expected residual sugars, leaving it really unbalanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is VERY dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - X (Thanks to DarkElf at SD Barleywine Bash 7-24-04). Pours Garnet and clear with a small foamy head. Aroma is sweet dark malts with floral and citurs hops and alcohol evident. Flavor is sweet and spicy, lots of hop bitterness and alcohol bite - a bit unbalanced overall. Full, sticky body.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Malty and sweet, but the hops and dark roasted malt are perhaps a bit too bitter for a barleywine; The double-digit alcohol is quite evident and a bit harsh in the finish; The full bodied palate isn’t all that smooth; The nose mirrors the flavor, being malty, hoppy, alcoholic and a bit sharp; Deep ruddy brown color; Tan head is smallish on the pour and a bit bubbly