elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
X 2003 10th anniversary bottle. Dark brown-amber, hard to see through, very nice head that dissapates and laces. Malty candy-citrus alcohol hops aroma. Begins malty, somwhat sweet and then astringent with hops alcohol in a bitter finish. Not as complex as one expects a top-notch BW to be, a good effort though.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany with a huge off white head and sheet lacing. Cascade hops that are a touch over powering. Again with the Cascade in the flavor. Sweet malts and bitter hops. Is that caramel? Sticky palate with and alcohol finish.
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2004 NABA Festival: Darker in color. Bitter, citrusy taste. Not a very good taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"X" or ten year Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003, ABV 10.%.
Classy cream colored label with lightly embossed barley and hops decorating the background and a huge roman X in the center in red ochre with the stated -
"Utah’s first locally brewed barley wine is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion. This ale is rich, malty, and warms the heart. Like a fine wine, it can be laid down to age."
Beautiful pour of dark golden hued caramel brown, settles coffee brown and thick with a lushiously foamy yellowed cap that sets up to about an inch high before calmly settling to a broken skim and thin collar. Lacing in scattered whimsical spotty-like strings.
Aroma is burnt oranges, warm caramel malts with some heavy toasted breadishness and some fairly fresh and pungent hops that render some pine and citrusy overtones with effervenscent alcoholic heat that appears more and more as it sinks in to the snifter. Earthy notes sinder behind most of the hop twinge in the nose; quite a decent wiffer.
Taste starts with hops at the front, bittering with pine and dark citrusy stuff of orange and highly ripe peaches, malts play second fiddle with burntish caramel and toffee, crispy biscuit toasty edging, touches of chocolate, brown sugar, and then turns back to a hoppy finish fairly quickly. The malts are present, but very secondary, as this still seems fairly fresh with a good dry-hopping quality full of pine and citrus orange. Lingers for a bit and has a nice hoppy overtone in the finish.
Feel is medium, well carbonated in this bottling, crispy, hoppy-edged bite, toasty, smooth, kinda bold a bit, more hoppy then malt laden, and warm. Aging this may thin out the nicer dry-hop character from this and hamper the experience some so drink it up now. As fresh(somewhat? Doesn’t say when in 2003 it was bottled) this is pretty good stuff. Really wish I purchased more. I was sceptical due to having shaky offerings from Uinta thus far and a good percent of other Utah beers, but this was a nice BW.
One of the better drinkin’ BW’s I’ve tried in a while due to its slightly lower ABV and marveluos hoppy edge. Freshly yummy; quite a good barley wine, as I said, damn, I wish I bought more.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff, who’d have thought this would come out of Utah? Tasted similar to Arrogant Bastard. Big hop bite with a sweet, smooth aftertaste. The ABV left a nice glow in the stomach.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft. a sweet and malty aroma and flavor, this isn’t a ’big’ barleywine, but it’s tasty and flavorful
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 (5485) - 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.