Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 My last rating obviously described a bad, oxidized bottle. Just picked up a fresh bottle while in Utah. Here’s my new rating: Deep burgundy. Smooth, creamy and rich texture; nice carbonation level. Big, aromatic notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, a hint of anise, and honey. Flowery, grassy hops are very resinous and not witheld. Healthy bitterness. Has a sharpish edge, with a deep, citrusy sourness that cuts. Alcohol is warming, but hidden well. Finish is a little cloying, but not too bad. Overall: palate is awesome up front but a little sticky in the finish; flavors are ballsy, which is great, but the go a little over the edge in some respects; very interesting barley wine, in the least. XIV (bottled1/14; drank 7/16): Deep burgundy-ruby. Spicy hop nose. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Big pepper, resinous pine; sour grapefruit. Dark caramel and toffee. Nippy alcohol. Pretty tasty.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Bottle (XIV edition). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, resin, grapefruit), with notes of peach, plum, sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Attractive and promising nose (quite fruity), but horribly unbalanced in the mouth...where’d the malt go? Scathing, rough bitterness combined with citric acid completely overwhelms the sweetness. Difficult to drink much of it, but it smells pretty good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red in color with OK tan head. Very fruity in aroma with dark caramel, sugary alcohol and a hint of cinnamon. Medium bodied and tart with a very bitter finish. Toasted malt and toffee flavors with some acridness. Somewhat unbalanced and lacking in richness. Even the barley wine in Utah is watery.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark rust. Slightly oxidized, malt melded aroma with rich malt (caramel, nuts, fruit) and a bit of resin and grapefruit. Malt accented barley wine for sure with notes of red apples, plums and hops, that show a bit of spice, resin and pine. An average barley wine.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Alcoholic, astringent and sugary aroma. Typical rusted brown color. Tastes ok up front, then moves into a finish reminicent of rotting mint leaves. Never actually tasted that, but that’s what this tastes like. Funky and weird.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch X 2003.
Muddy brown colour with biggish toffee coloured head. grassy choclate aroma. peppery flavour with mild bitterness leaving warm mouthfeel.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Batch X, bottled 2003. Medium sized rusty speckled dark tan head. Very strong aroma, I can smell it from across the room... big brown sugar, aggresive hops (Bigfoot-esque) and sweet cherries. Flavor is initially all hot hops, then mellow a little bit and sweetens, some nice brown sugar, dry barkdust and sweet plum flavors... finish is sweet malts initialy but then gets starchy and dry. I’m impressed... definitly better than I expected.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color. Fairly malty but with a more than perfect amount of hops to balance the flavor.
I’m not a fan of the barleywines, but this is good, very good.
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2004. Has a large XI on the front. Says "Eleventh Anniversary Barley Wine" underneath. Also 10.4% ABV. Deep lovely copper body. Aroma is deep hops (pine), light citrus, faint malt and maple. Taste is big hops with lighter malt and maple, and some citrusy notes. Nicely balanced. The alcohol isn’t that noticeable for being 10%+. Palate has some astrigent notes and bitterness. Not sticky. Finishes with more big hops, and citrus, with lighter malt. Very good barleywine. This will age nicely especially with the big hoppiness this has. Recommended!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Label read 1993. Nice thick coloring. Aroma seemed very hoppy. Flavor was piney and somewhat metallic. Overly hopped, in my opinion, for a barleywine.