rudolf (2326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is brown sugar, vinous with pear, apple, alcohol. Juicy up front with a fair amount of sweet malt. Way too sharp a finish even at a few years old.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
’04 bottle from The Beer God. Deep chestnut color and clear with a tannish head which fades to a ring. Some lacing left. Large, sweet malty aroma. Sugar, caramel and a hint of fruit. Lots of hop bitterness. Body seems a touch thin and lacking. Alcohol is present but blended fairly well. Hops linger in the finish. Fair.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
02.20.05 Uinta X at Toronado BWF Pretty and glowing with lasting foam. Nicely floral and hoppy nose, toast, biscuit. Very hopped up stuff, alcohol nicely blanded and becomes integral character. Dry to finish, I liked this one alot...holy crap, it’s from Utah!?
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium brown with a smooth beige head. The aroma was vinus, some fruit, berries, toffee. Medium bodied. Flavor was less impressive than the nose but still decent. Sweetness, acidity, and bitterness combined.
Aubrey (3418) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 My last rating obviously described a bad, oxidized bottle. Just picked up a fresh bottle while in Utah. Here’s my new rating: Deep burgundy. Smooth, creamy and rich texture; nice carbonation level. Big, aromatic notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, a hint of anise, and honey. Flowery, grassy hops are very resinous and not witheld. Healthy bitterness. Has a sharpish edge, with a deep, citrusy sourness that cuts. Alcohol is warming, but hidden well. Finish is a little cloying, but not too bad. Overall: palate is awesome up front but a little sticky in the finish; flavors are ballsy, which is great, but the go a little over the edge in some respects; very interesting barley wine, in the least. XIV (bottled1/14; drank 7/16): Deep burgundy-ruby. Spicy hop nose. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Big pepper, resinous pine; sour grapefruit. Dark caramel and toffee. Nippy alcohol. Pretty tasty.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Bottle (XIV edition). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, resin, grapefruit), with notes of peach, plum, sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Attractive and promising nose (quite fruity), but horribly unbalanced in the mouth...where’d the malt go? Scathing, rough bitterness combined with citric acid completely overwhelms the sweetness. Difficult to drink much of it, but it smells pretty good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red in color with OK tan head. Very fruity in aroma with dark caramel, sugary alcohol and a hint of cinnamon. Medium bodied and tart with a very bitter finish. Toasted malt and toffee flavors with some acridness. Somewhat unbalanced and lacking in richness. Even the barley wine in Utah is watery.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark rust. Slightly oxidized, malt melded aroma with rich malt (caramel, nuts, fruit) and a bit of resin and grapefruit. Malt accented barley wine for sure with notes of red apples, plums and hops, that show a bit of spice, resin and pine. An average barley wine.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Alcoholic, astringent and sugary aroma. Typical rusted brown color. Tastes ok up front, then moves into a finish reminicent of rotting mint leaves. Never actually tasted that, but that’s what this tastes like. Funky and weird.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch X 2003.
Muddy brown colour with biggish toffee coloured head. grassy choclate aroma. peppery flavour with mild bitterness leaving warm mouthfeel.