ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Label read 1993. Nice thick coloring. Aroma seemed very hoppy. Flavor was piney and somewhat metallic. Overly hopped, in my opinion, for a barleywine.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 This is a really good barleywine. Now that I’ve been banished to Utah hell, I will take anything I can get that is half way decent. The head and nose is awesome on this beer. Its a nice dark purple color and is full bodied. The taste is a little odd but ok. As this one mellows it will be excellent. 2004 version
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 "x" bottle.beautiful ruby red body with no head.contains a citurs style aroma.lots of grapefruit in the flavor.a bt to sour for me honestly.
MartinT (7482) - 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 (4548) - 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 (6106) - 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 (2401) - 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 (18753) - Tyresö, 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.