AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from utah liqour store haahahaha this state is stupid... (XIII) Thin yellow head, brown mirky golden body with a sweet syrupy alc nose, strong dry finish, woody and warming, sweet and tangy, standard barley wine, but exta-ordinary for being from utah i suppose
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 12 oz. 13th anniversary (XIII) bottled Jan 3, 2007. Didn’t notice the date until already opened. Dark brown, not quite opaque, with ruby red tinges when held to light kind of looks like sourwood honey - nice. Small off-white head tries to last. Aroma is hopped chocolate raisin. Palate is kinda creamy, with a heavy mouthfeel. Taste is first malty, with hops coming on strongly in the middle and end to balance. Alcohol is extremely well masked by pine-hop finish and aftertaste. This is highly drinkable as it is, but I will try to let a bottle mature a bit more next time, as I think some of the balance and complexity hadn’t quite come together yet. Update with a 14th and 15th anniversary bottle: This one is definitely more balanced and dangerously drinkable than Bigfoot, which I also love.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Twelfth Anniversary (XII) bottled 2005. Deep brown with reddish hues. An inch of rocky light tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet caramel malt and a hint of pine in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt and piney hop flavors are blended with a drier, earthy, woody, and even leathery, presence. Fullish body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitter leathery aftertaste lingers. Normally I like this, but with this beer find it oddly unpleasant. My initial reaction is that this is a little brother to Bigfoot with a long way to go to grow up. There are better barleywines.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004. Cloudy, moderately dark brown pour. Small frothy head fades slowly. Appearance is similar to a fresh wee heavy. Aroma lets forth light oxidation initially, then caramel malts on a grandiose scale, unripe dark fruits(plum, cherry), mild toast and graham cracker. Piney hops bring in the rear. Flavor is deeply scorched grainy malts, some hoppy resins. Caramel malts steal the show in mid-mouthfeel, but it too feels heavily scorched. Finishes dry and massively burned, with a bitterness that borders on excessive. Palate is much lighter than expected. Any balance this beer once held has left the flavor, and aroma, long ago. Far too bitter without substantial malt in the second half of the quaff. Glad to try this but it’s not interesting enough to warrant another sample.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy boboski. Very dark ruby/brown. 1.5cm forhty, off white head. Roasty and sweet caramel/toffee/cookie malt, venomous pine resin hops, dark fruits, and lightly pungent perfume. Flavor is similar but turned down in volume and adds a dry, airy yeastiness. Very nice dry, chocolate-caramel cookie aftertaste. Body is lighter than anticipated, medium and with balanced carbonation. Decent bw.
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Barleywine festival (Toronado SF)
Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a nice long lasting off white head
Nose of vanilla, orange, some sherry and slight caramel along with a sizeable blast of citrusy hop notes
PalateMedium bodied... with restrained carbonation which along with the hop balance keep the malt incheck
Taste: When cold rather one dimensional with some caramel and citrusy bite... as it warms up.. layers of vanilla orange blossom and some alcohol warmth with sherry like notes and a woody hop flavors showthru
Overall: A rather underrated (underground) barleywine.. who can argue with 3rd place in 2007 (Yep ! I was a judge there) a complex barley wine absolutely worth seeking out.. just make sure you DO NOT drink it cold.. let it warm up and the magic begins
BuckeyeBoy (4057) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle 13th Anniversary Pours out a dark amber topped with an off white head. A Great aroma of HOPS. This one was more like a Double IPA than a BW. The beer was very good. But not what I was expecting.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anniversary bottle. A very underrated beer IMO. I’ve never tried a beer from this brewery so my first bere out of the gate was very nice. Aroma is hopped up with a grapefruit bitterness that is nicely balance with a subtle malt sweetness. Appearance is brown in color, minimal white head. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, full bodied and agressive. Flavors are hoppy, malty, caramel but not overly sweet like an English b/w. This is a pure American b/w and it’s outstanding. Well done.
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th anniversary, ’03 bottle. Deep mahogany pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of toffee, alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty. Mouthfeel is thin and quite dry. Overall, it’s not a bad beer, but nothing special. Very boozy as it warms. I can see it being good on a cold day.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle, 12th anniversary shared by jerc. Warm dark amber colour with a mostly diminishing frothy tan head. Fresh oranges and other citrus aroma, light caramel notes. Toffee, orange flavours with a harsh yeasty bitter finish - possibly vegemite? No hop flavour, only bitterness, plus limited sweetness, perhaps overattenuated and too dry for the bitterness. Light to medium bodied.