GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anniversary bottle. A very underrated beer IMO. I’ve never tried a beer from this brewery so my first bere out of the gate was very nice. Aroma is hopped up with a grapefruit bitterness that is nicely balance with a subtle malt sweetness. Appearance is brown in color, minimal white head. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, full bodied and agressive. Flavors are hoppy, malty, caramel but not overly sweet like an English b/w. This is a pure American b/w and it’s outstanding. Well done.
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th anniversary, ’03 bottle. Deep mahogany pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of toffee, alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty. Mouthfeel is thin and quite dry. Overall, it’s not a bad beer, but nothing special. Very boozy as it warms. I can see it being good on a cold day.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle, 12th anniversary shared by jerc. Warm dark amber colour with a mostly diminishing frothy tan head. Fresh oranges and other citrus aroma, light caramel notes. Toffee, orange flavours with a harsh yeasty bitter finish - possibly vegemite? No hop flavour, only bitterness, plus limited sweetness, perhaps overattenuated and too dry for the bitterness. Light to medium bodied.
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 12th Anniversary. Dark brown body, good fingers worth of luscious creamy beige head. Hoppy, tangy malt aroma is moderate. Booze emerges as the glass warms. Flavour is dominated by green vine like, not quite leafy, full hops bitterness that is not always pleasant as it lacks sufficient hop flavour to balance it. Needs more hop in the flavour or less bitterness to let the muted caramel malt shine through - needs to pick a direction. Average to medium palate. (3+) Big rough around the edges.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one, the XII version. Pours hazy ruby with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit, including figs, caramel malt, earthy notes. Tastes fruity, earthy, and malty, with the caramel malt, burny molasses, figs, pears, cognac, and black currant flavor emerging as it warms. Dense palate with a compex nose and flavor, this one hides its behemoth load of alcohol very well. This is a remarkable beer, and one I’m glad to have ad the chance to have quaffed.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent American barleywine. Big hoppy nose, gorgeous reddish amber color; very complex, flavorful beer with a nice balance of hops and malt. Loved it.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 XI Anniversary BW poured a dark brown with a small tan head that quickly faded into lacing. Aroma was malty with toffee and sweet candied orange. Flavor followed with lots of malt a touch of toffee and good bitter hop bite that faded into an alcohol warming finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
XII via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a deep amber color with a nice size light tan head. Has a sweet floral, toasty caramel malt aroma. Has a semi-sweet caramel malt flavor with a good amount of hop bitterness. Has a slight alcohol aftertaste. Medium body with a dry finish. A good beer. Thanks Jordan.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XII via trade with both Bück Dich and Degarth! - Thanks guys! - Pours lovely copper with a pretty good sized tan head that settles back quickly to a film and laces a little on the snifter. Aroma is nice citrus hops over big caramel malts, with a little toffee, and some apricot there too. Flavor is good caramel malts, toffee, a little brown sugar, some grapefruit on the finish. Pretty well balanced. Carbonated well but not overly so. Somewhat dry and bitter on the finish. A good balanced barleywine that I enjoyed..
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XII Ann. Great hoppy aroma backed by malt. Amber color, reddish heart, and virtually no head. Starts with a piny hop, moving to malty sweetness, finishing with sugar on the tongue, but the bitter continues. Goes good with chocolate.