Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s been nearly three decades since I’ve ventured into Utah. At the time, I was clearing my head and mainly getting high on life, visiting spots like Bryce Canyons, Zion, and Arches National Parks. At the last, campers were probably left wondering for years at the reverberating chants of "Moe! Larry! Cheese! Moe! Larry! Cheese!" that echoed for miles around from beneath the largest of the natural arches. I was also snowed in for a few days in Vernal, which is an experience in dulldom that I could only wish on my worst enemies. And I visited the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City where as I was told as politely as possible that I looked "spiritually unclean." Finding ANY kind of liquor (I was a heavy Bourbon drinker at the time, still being married) was rough, so if you told me that I’d be drinking a barleywine (Did they exist yet in the U.S.?) from that state, I would like to have shared whatever you were smoking.
Thanks to my friend Drnk_McDerMott, I was able to do that very thing today when he generously shared a bottle with brewers par excellance Matt & Andrew from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Station and me.
It was the latest bottling, XIV, and could use some laying down time. But it has a great pour, a clear reddish amber with a bubbly ecru head. The first scents to hit the nose were the hops, pungently earthy with resinous pine and a bit of burning grapefruit. Caramel/toffee malty smells along with a hardy whiff of alcohol also came through. The ale was hot and peppery on the tongue. The hoppy bitterness dominated the flavor followed by the alcohol burn, but the malty sweetness made a valiant effort to keep things in order. It finished on a prolonged, lingering, earthily bitter note with a steady alcohol burn. Pretty decent, but it would certainly benefit by siz to twelve months of aging.
<font size=-4>Thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=7 for the share and for the tasting of his Sugar ’n’ Spice Baby Ale.<font size=-1>
bb (8139) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. XII vintage. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Caramel aroma. Rich caramel, light hop, nice earthy flavor. LIngering piney hops with earthy caramel. Medium body. Judging from other reviews, the aging really does help.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
XIV Edition. 12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with douglas88. Pours a dark rust with a moderate off-white head that lasted until the bottom of the glass and left partial lacing. Pleasant aroma of caramel and citrus. The flavor is caramel up front followed by grapefruit and alcohol. The grapefruit turns into a strongly bitter finish that lingers well beyond the swallow and really is disruptive for a barley wine. While the flavor is ok, this beer lacks the smoothness and richness I associate with the style.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh yeah, bust out the ABV Utah. take that you fucking pricks at the the Dept. of Human Control also known the the Mormon Church. So it isn’t bad at all. I think it is pretty darn hoppy for a BW and it does exhibit some fruiiness but it is lacking any toffee which I like in a BW.
But hey, it is Utah afterall.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
XIV vintage from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks again Richard! The pour was an attractive ruby and brown swirl with a nice off-white head. Spotty bits of lacing. The initial aroma was a pleasant blast of citrus hops that gave way to roasted malt, syrupy sweet sugars and rye toast. The flavor was lots of bitter hops with some milder caramel and roasted malt struggling to eke through. The mouthfeel was on the thin side and the alcohol heat was definitely present.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The XIV vintage sent to me by IrishBoy and drank in my Great Lakes Snifter, thanks:
Rich mahogany hue topped by a layer of frothy off-white foam and left solid stringy lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of caramel, bready, rye, and wet gains, a hint of oxidization and cardboard, apple, pear, and pomegranate fruit esters, and some big time chemical compound (melanoidin) character.
The taste starts with a surprising hop bitterness over layer of bready malts. There also is a big slap in the face of medicinal and mineral flavors which crush the malts. Sorry, I don’t dig the flavor profile one bit, too much fusel alcohol on the palate.
The mouth feel is equally a let down, thin and boozy. Lacks the richness of the classic English or the pop of the new age Americans. This beer may improve with age but for now I call it like I see it, Uinta XIV is a complete mess.
kyzr (1316) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
X!V Anniversary. Amber pour with nice off-white head. Has a hoppy nose, with sweet malty undertones. Somewhat roasty up front, with a hoppy bite. Good carbination, for this medium bodied ale. Finish is hoppy and warm from the alcohol.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Dan Journal #126. Tasted 10/23/07. 12oz bottle. XIV 14th Anniversary. Filtered with a ruby amber hue. Clinging off-white head. Bright with big citrus grapefruit aromas. Sticky sweet fruity aromas. Wonderful malt complexity in the nose. Full bodied and sweet, then bitter. Cloying hop finish. Caramel notes. Citrus 7-Up effervescence. Dry finish. Blended and delicious. Extra points for the nose.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with IrishBoy. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee with some mild pine and citrus hops. A hint of alcohol. Pours a pretty dark, rich ruby with white sticky lacing down the glass. Flavor was somewhat discombobulated. Roasted malt and some bitter hops but nothing comes together that well. Everything that should be present in a barleywine is there, but it just doesn’t come together that well. Medium to full bodied but finishes a tad on the watery side.
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF ’07. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, light brown head, lasting, good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel), average hops (herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of dates. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.