bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft: asked the guy in the booth what the abv was.....’uhh, dont really know’ that was a bad first impression. however the barley wine wasnt all that bad. mahogony color with cascades up the nose. stones ipa has this much hop character and even more. so maybe a little thin for a barley but hey, it comes from utah.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent barelywine that seems to lacking in a proper balance of flavors. The bottle I had said 10% alcohol and hid it very well. May be better with age.
Braudog (5347) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Big Malty aroma pours out of this big muddy, dark red beer. Tan head. Strong, strong sugary candied malt flavor. Thick and warming. Very good.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild malt and candy aroma that pours out dark deep red with a lot of tan micro bubbles and strong lacing. Flavor was surprisingly smooth at first, with rich malt, fruit and candy taste that ends very biter. Extremely easy to drink, if you don’t mind the aftertaste, which is bitter and slightly off.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brought this back from Utah-its too bad that they don't distribute beer outside the state because this beer is as good as any barleywine you'll find. Its over a year old, so I'm sure that didn't hurt, but a nice solid malt core, good amount of hops both bittering and flavor. I wish I had a sixer to age some more, but I think this about $6 for one bottle since they're big on taxing "sin" products in Utah.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
X. Purple amber, thick white head. Big on the molassess aroma. Dark candied sugars present themselves in the body as does a slight sourness, and the reall traditional barley wine flavor begins to show its face as the beer warms. Pretty fuckin good if you ask me.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10th anniversary - 10% ABV. Clear pure amber color with a big solid pile of lathering beauty...musty/fruity hop aroma hinting at candied oranges...Flavors of ribbon candy with a nice orange essence..turning resiny bitter...Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel and nice candyish background..a solid Utah brew if i do say so my damn self.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Rating #1 (7 4 7 4 15) Bottle of the 9th Anniversary vintage bottled in 2002 (9.8% abv). Dark as night brown color with a light brown head. Vinous, wood, cherry and dark fruits in the nose. A fine smooth flavor that hides the alcohol well. Malty, fruity and plenty of wood in the flavor. Rating #2 (6 4 6 3 15) tap of the 11th anniversary at the Toronado. A hazy brown color with a light brown head. Alcohol, cherry and chocolate nose. The flavor has some burnt malts, chocolate, mollasses and dark fruits. Rather thick and intense in flavor.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark ruby color with a small mocha head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of hops. Starts sweet followed by a quick hop bite then a lingering sweet finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
9th Anniversary: no real aroma but hops, big frothy head, black ruby color, thin and sweet with dirty feet bitterness, terribly offensive bitter finish, damn sketchy utah barleywine I should've known better