jake65 (3373) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the XIII vintage: Pours a dark amber color with a small, creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose is malt oriented with some citrus and fruitiness. Flavor is rich maltiness, with a crisp citrus hops, fruitiness, and some caramel. Nice, crisp hops in the tail.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark red with a thick creamy coffee foam head. It’s actually a surprisingly dark head considering the color of the beer. Minty hops atop alcohol and cookie malt. The body is surprisingly dry, leaving a very short finish. For once, I’ve found a barleywine where I actually wish there were a little more sweetness and body.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JoeMcphee for this beer! A pretty good barleywine overall. Reddish-brown body, with a few sparse, soapy bubbles around the sides of the glass. Full body, without too much alcohol astringency. Smooth, and easy to drink. Some roasty notes coupled with a pleasant bitterness from the nice array of hop characters. Nice.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JoeMcphee for giving us this bottle (a new state for me!) - 13th anniversary version - medium amber pour, with no head to speak of - fairly complex aroma, with caramel and roasted malts, flaked oats, brown sugar, green hops, woody touches, and hints of whiskey - low carbonation, pretty full-bodied - piney hops up front, with a fairly high bitterness (not quite bigfoot-like, but close) - cherry, plum and other darker fruit notes - brown sugar and caramel, with some roasty hints around the edges - burnt notes/caramelized sugar in the finish - well-masked alcohol - a pretty good barleywine, but still a little young.
alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of the XIII version; poured a reddish amber w/ not much head. Aroma was of swee caramel malt, fruit, citrus and pine. This one could definitely use some aging. Flavor wasn’t as blended and developed as it could be. Whole mess of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, sweetness, with substantial ending bitterness. Mouthfeel was a little off; actually a bit watery. Best days are ahead for it...
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into a nice looking brew, but the head fades quick. Smell is a little sweet, and malty. Interesting taste. Not over the top on anything, but full of a bunch of different things. Can’t quite place it, but something burnt, or roasted. Very good drinkability for the 10.4%
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark red/mahogany color. Aroma is dark fruit-cherry, plum, sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is dark fruit-cherry, plum, sweet medium malt-caramel, very bitter-medium hops, vinuous. Nicely done, not my style. OK carbonation.
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A fairly young sample (bottled 11/09/06) of XIII. Huge hoppy aroma fills the room, very intense! Grapefruit, some toastiness. Orange and ripe fruit. Lots of malt. Deep ruby pour with a rich, luscious creamy tanned head. As for taste, a strong hop bitterness with some resin, but doesn’t sting. Splash of cookie dough. Good firm malt, stands up to the strong hoppage and lends an elegant balance. Very full body with a dry, bitter, hop-bitten finish and aftertaste. Pleasant but hefty warming. Closest comparison is Bigfoot, but with a way to go before matching. Wish I’d has a few more to lay down (wink, wink). Thanks, Jake!
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet but balanced, hops hit right at finish with hints of the high ABV. Lingering bitter after taste. $1.95 for 12th anniversary, 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, UT.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 12th Anniversary vintage, via acertain. Pours a slightly hazy dark caramel brown body under a two finger foamy beige head that left lots of heavy lacing as it receded. Aroma shows a nice balance between sweet caramel and toffee malts and a still aggressive hoppiness. A little aged character, port, burnt sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is showing it’s age, although in a good way. Nice port and tobacco notes with a little papery oxidation. Fairly dry up front, with some chocolate and toasted notes, and some toffee sweetness on the finish. A little alcohol showing on the finish, but pretty well hidden for this ABV. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal sticky sweetness and moderate slightly fizzy carbonation. Nicely warming on the finish. This was a really nice Barley Wine. The age really did this one well.