wavers1 (913) - 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 (903) - 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.
Gaultier (900) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Nedre Mölla. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Humlig, nån slags bär, karamell. Smak: Humlig, karamell, sötma, rejäl beska. Kroppen är medelfyllig, avslutningen rejält besk med en aning karamell samt spritiga inslag.
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.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
XI Bottle -- Dark brown and read body. Medium light brown head. Good malts and mollasses in the aroma, some plums and raisins. Sharp hops and carbonation in the initial taste. Some interesting citrus accents as well. Spicy initial pallet which calms down to a nice carbonated sweetness in the end.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"XV" bottle. Poured a dark, cloudy rusty brown with a frothy beige head, leaving spotty lacing. Promising marmalade aromas--peach, pineapple, apricot, orange amid toffee malts. However, the citrus and fruit notes in the aroma didn’t seem to show up in the flavor, which is defined by bold toffee malt that’s cut by a hop bitterness of mainly sharp pine. Has an initial detergent-like aftertaste, but this dissipates as the beer warms and the booze becomes more prevalent. I’ve had barleywines that I’ve enjoyed more than this, but overall not bad.
DenverLogan (862) - 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.