tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 bottle XVI. Have another aged a year, will update tomorrow. Pours dark auburn with beige tan head, bubbly froth. Nose is deep, rich molasses, actually some subtle smoke / bacon flavors, caramel. Thick, viscous, chewy mouth feel, but pretty smooth, 10% hidden, except for a warming on the finish. Flavor is deep and musky, almost cheesy, smoked wood, with a molasses backbone, yet no sickly sweetness. Interesting take on a barely wine and I quite like it. Not the cockeyed cooper, but at $8.99 a 6 pack its a great value.
AGED 1 YEAR: Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, with fruity notes of raisin, definitely some smoke still here, but more subdued. Even a pickled plum aspect, definitely still some bacon on flavor. Smoother, creamier. Rich wood bacon smoke with sweet toffee, caramel, candied raisin. I think I like it better aged a bit. Overall excellent.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a brown head that has a reddish tint! Interesting! Smells a little of wood and sugary goodness. Taste is a bit bitter with some sweetness! Not my favoritest barley wine but still good and a cheap price!
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Brass Rail. At first glance the beer appears black but when held to the light it reveals that it is a very deep red, topped by a small but lasting head. Smells vaguely fruity but I think it was a bit too cold to really open up. The flavor was semi-sweet with some plum, raisin, general fruitiness. Very smooth and full bodied. Easy drinking for 10% abv.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008/xv vintage thanks to a fellow rb’er, thanks! actually not bad. not great. might do ok after another year or two, so give it say 5 i would say. slight notes of smooth subtle dark fruits are showing up, but theres still a hop and alcohol mask over them on your palate. still a very big hop bitterness present. drinks fairly well, but still hot in the mouth. aroma is a oot closer to what you would want, was surprised at the bitterness masking the taste, which follows suite of the aroma and almost achieves greatness in this brew.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours clear raisin brown with a medium to large tan head. Aroma is alcohol, sherry-like oxidation, caramel, and soap/detergent. Flavor is oddly bitter, caramel, sherry, and soap. Thin and watery.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
9th Anniversary: no real aroma but hops, big frothy head, black ruby color, thin and sweet with dirty feet bitterness, terribly offensive bitter finish, damn sketchy utah barleywine I should've known better
jw0406 (906) - 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.
beer_est_deus (896) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klar, vinröd-brun öl med ett brun orange skum. Doft: Malt, humle, örter, fat, exotisk frukt sallad, läder. Smak: Malt, humle, citrus, frukt likör. Trevlig Barley Wine i både smak och doft. Vill dock ha lite mer söttma.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby color, straight up malt. mildly warming with a relativly minimual alchohol note. not as complex as I like to see in a barley wine
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a murky orange brown with thin off white head that dissipates quickly to little lacing. Nose is malty dark fruit, molasses, sugar and a hint of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and syrupy thick, and the taste picks up the fruits and sweet syrup of the nose, with the bite of the alcohol as the beer warms. Finish is warming and a little thick-mouthed. Not a bad beer overall.