SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - X (Thanks to DarkElf at SD Barleywine Bash 7-24-04). Pours Garnet and clear with a small foamy head. Aroma is sweet dark malts with floral and citurs hops and alcohol evident. Flavor is sweet and spicy, lots of hop bitterness and alcohol bite - a bit unbalanced overall. Full, sticky body.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Malty and sweet, but the hops and dark roasted malt are perhaps a bit too bitter for a barleywine; The double-digit alcohol is quite evident and a bit harsh in the finish; The full bodied palate isn’t all that smooth; The nose mirrors the flavor, being malty, hoppy, alcoholic and a bit sharp; Deep ruddy brown color; Tan head is smallish on the pour and a bit bubbly
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th Anniv. - Clear ruby with a fine tan head. Aroma is alcohol, toffee, and caramel. The flavor is bitter hops and toffee up front with alcohol throughout. It falls flat as it seems that the beer fermebnted out too much robbing it of the necessary residual sugars to hold things together. Bitter alcoholic finish.
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(X -- 10th Anniversary BW, 10% ABV) Deep copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is mild sweet, grapefruit, toffee, alcohol. FInish has strong alcohol warming. Medium-full body. FLavor not as developed as the aroma -- needs more sweetness.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy reddish appearance, good head formation. Creamy, dark rich fruits and citrus aroma. Rich malty, fruity flavor is quickly combatted by an intense citrussy bitterness, finishing especially dry and citric. Toffee, caramel flavors develop in the aftertaste.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
good barleywine I had on tap at Najas Place. "Not a bad barleywine," I said, "but this is nothing special."
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.