doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fifteenth Anniversary Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an orange tint. Head does not retain. In fact, by the end of the glass there was no lace. Sweet toffee malty aroma. Taste of dark malt and molasses are heightened by the high alcohol burn that accompanies the initial taste. Nice bittering on the back side.
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Dark mahogany color with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty again with the dark fruit and molasses, but has a spicy bite towards the finish. It comes across like rye, but it may be from the hops used. Body is actually sort of light for a barley wine. While the flavors are quite bold as one would expect from a barley wine, the lighter body actually makes this quite drinkable, and the alcohol is not as strong in the flavor as many.
Luvystypotables (394) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great head good lacing. Sweet aroma of barley and a hint of yeast. Smooth balanced taste of bread, barley and hops with a slightly bitter sweet palate.
zoucrew102 (379) - - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet, malty with slight burnt sugar. Pours deep copper color with thin white head. Taste is sweet with sugar
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imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
XIV thanks to kp. Pour is dark amber with small off white head. Aromas of candy, hops, and not much else. Flavor is lacking alot. Very watery and boring. Slight hops and fruit were present.
CLevar (377) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Muddy dark amber, with a light tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is subdued but complex, with bready malt, light pine and citrus hops, brown sugar. Taste is more malt, caramel and crystal, with a warming finish with nice pine resin hops lingering. Slightly chalky, but it works. Carbonation is perhaps a touch high, oddly effervescent. I like it.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a free beer from footbalm!
very hoppy nose and reminds me of a young bigfoot slighly with more sweetness on the finish....actually a good barleywine...wish I could taste an aged one....but one of the best fresh barleywines I have had besides bigfoot...thanks again footbalm!
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/10/05 12 oz. Sandy’s liquor. SLO, CA. 2003 bottle 10th Anniv. Amber with large creamy tan head. Pleasant seet malty aroma. Nutty fruity taste. Not overhopped.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
14th Anniversary (2nd bottling)
BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08
Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass.
Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion.
Taste: I’m loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew.
Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn’t have too many.
This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I’m glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to Douglas88. XV. Pours dark mahogany, vigorous pour brought a nice off white head. Aromas bring mostly hops, with some caramel, and a hint of fruit. Flavors are hops, and malts, hops and malts, hops and malts. This is actually a nice brew, Utah representing well. Thanks again Douglas!