Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 11th anniversary edition. Beautiful deep red-bronze color with a thick head. Caramelized malt with both yeast and hops in the nose. Rich and bitter with thick toffee malt flavors, a slight sweetness, and pleasant yeastiness. Big mouth feel with quite a bitter edge and a lot of warmth. Good alcohol character.
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle: XI. Brown, small head. Fizzy. Sweet caramel aroma. Taste: sweet, followed by bitterness, then burnt toast, and alcohol.
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2003. Caramel in colour. Aroma was of caramel malts, earth and lots of citrus (oranges and lemons). The flavour was of citrus hops, pine, caramel, earthy, some alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes a little hot, lingering bitterness. Nicely done.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XI version. 12 oz bottle. Deep, clear, garnet colour. Massive hop aroma, earthy, spicy, and citrusy all at the same time. There is also a lot of sweet biscuity malt underneath it all. More balanced in flavour than the nose would suggest, brown sugar, toast, some dark fruit before the spice and citrusy hops kick in. Long bitter finish. Could use some age, but is very drinkable right now.
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An unclear amber beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy - and so is the flavor combined with some over ripe fruit notes.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottling: reddish brown, beige head. roasty aroma with dried fruit, wood, big hops and something that reminds me of dill pickple chips(not in a bad way). mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. big flavous with roasted sweet malt, cherries, and resiny piney, herbal hops. nice
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage - Ruddy chestnut color with a small tan head. Nice bread dough, toffee, caramel, grapefruit and earthy aromas. Flavor profile has some holes - roasted malt, biscuit, grapefruit and toffee all present, but not as developed or full as top notch barleywines. Alcohol a little too present. Good, not great.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 10th Anniversary Barley Wine. Cloudy, deep brown body with a fading, soapy beige to tan head. A very basic barley wine that is sweet and malty up front with some prominent brown sugar aspects and firm bitterness in the finish. Moderate impression of alcohol. Solid, but indistinct as far as barley wines go.
Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from 2003-pours a slightly dirty brown hue with not much head to mention. big aged caramel malt aroma with some slight piney hops in there as well-toffee, some alcohol and aged fruits. good body, but not that complex. pretty straight forward, but in a good way. some alcohol, but the aged malts mask it and meld nicely. a sipper for shure! For Utah, this is VERY good!
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is nicely hoped strong ale. Alcohol is present but well refined. Brew of copper color. Barley wine in style but hop accented.