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.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upper tier barleywine in my opinion. Well balanced, not overly hoppy. Also, lots of fruits, cherry, berry, grape, not just big and sweet, but with complexity. Retains a lot of drinkability for the abv. Better warm...
jw0406 (1121) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15th anniversary bottle pours a black color with a small head. Aromas of oak, dark fruits,. Full bodied, probably a year or two past it’s peak.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
XIV vintage from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks again Richard! The pour was an attractive ruby and brown swirl with a nice off-white head. Spotty bits of lacing. The initial aroma was a pleasant blast of citrus hops that gave way to roasted malt, syrupy sweet sugars and rye toast. The flavor was lots of bitter hops with some milder caramel and roasted malt struggling to eke through. The mouthfeel was on the thin side and the alcohol heat was definitely present.
Sickboy282 (1114) - 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.
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malts, fruits and hops. Appearance is a somewhat darkend amber with a light foam head. Tastes of roasted nuts, big fruits and some malt. The finish leaves a spicey, fruity aftertaste. The texture is thin and crisp. Overall, This brew is a nice mixture of flavors with strong fruits and malts. I’d give this an A- rating.
DenverLogan (1097) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had this many times over the years, including on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco years ago when they tied for the bronze. In front of me is a 12 oz bottled that says best before 1/29/14.
Pours a rich brown with large brown head and lace. Aroma of rich malts and earth. Medium carbonation and significant moughfeel. Flavors of malt balls, caramel, baking chocolate, leather, straw hops, carob. Overall big and bold with a significant smoothness through until a slightly bitter chocolate, dry finish.
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.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to TheBeerCellar. This was anniversary XIV. Knocked a Utah brew off my states. This pours a dark brown with a tan head which lingered. Sweet pine hops in the nose. Taste is of hops melded into overripe fruit. Malt backbone is apparent. Mouthfeel is medium to tthin with some bitterness in the aftertaste, but alcohol was not noticeable.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from State Liquor Store, Ogden, UT. A style-bullseye but not too exciting. Aroma of sour apples, sweet vinegar, hop city, and clear water. Flavor is quite hoppy (I don’t think the balance is that good in a two month old bottle). Two bottles are left of the 6er I bought, so they are going to chill for a year or two.