DenverLogan (831) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve 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.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Iíd reckon the bottle is perhaps a year old.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. About two fingers of mocha-colored head is formed, with an excellent creaminess. Retention is decent, and as the head fades, it leaves behind spotty lacing on the glass.
S: This still has some notable leafy, tobacco-esque hop touches left in it. I even notice some touches of roasted malts, to go alongside the (mild) caramel. Thereís also a touch of must. Iím not blown away by the aroma, though I like the lack of boozy qualities.
T: Thereís a small touch of roasted malt to open the brew up. Iím glad the hops donít just provide a generic bitterness at its age, but also some noticeable flavors of spruce, tobacco, marijuana, and general herbs. There is a touch of earthy booze flavor on the back end - though itís not really felt - and even a bit of salty umami. The latter grows bolder as it warms up, which isnít entirely desirable. Other than that, there isnít much to fault here.
M: Medium bodied and rather creamy. The long finish does a good job of drying the palate without exposing the alcohol too severely. This is fairly easy to drink for 10.4%, also.
O: Good barleywine. Some will dislike it low sweetness, but I enjoy the fact itís not cloying. Iím not sure how much Iíd like this fresh; this seems like itís at the perfect age.
HughConway (818) - Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
17th Anniversary. Pours brown, little head. Slight hop/malt aroma, taste of thick hops and malt and sweet. Classic barleywine.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from utah liqour store haahahaha this state is stupid... (XIII) Thin yellow head, brown mirky golden body with a sweet syrupy alc nose, strong dry finish, woody and warming, sweet and tangy, standard barley wine, but exta-ordinary for being from utah i suppose
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/10/2009. XVI Anniversary. 12oz bottle. Brilliant lambent cherry red with a tight off-white head. Malt and alcohol meld well in the mouth, giving off a hints of a well doused Christmas cake. Clean ferment - very American - and hops are certainly there but are rather muted (and donít shout any descriptor other than íhopí at me). Dry bitter finish. As I get into it the bitterness really comes through, and itís drier than a Canterbury plains in the summer. Nice beer, and itís superbly well made, but is a little too clean and dry in the finish to make it the pleasant sipper Iíd want at 10.4%.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled as XI (2004), Bottle: Heavy grapefruit and citrus aroma, hints of butterscotch and pears, distinct floral hopping; thin and dry, substantially bitter and rough throughout; simple malt profile heavy on carmelized toffee and hotly alcoholic flavor (1 yr old?!?) ; harsh and unrefined.
CampesinoTino (790) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogany colored with a layer of sudsy tan foam and bubbles. Mild notes of citrus, caramel malt, dark fruits and pine resin in the aroma. Taste opens up with a fair amount of toasted malt, caramelized sugars and toffee along with some raisin and citrus rind toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of creaminess and low carbonation. Definitely on the hoppier end of the spectrum for a Barley Wine.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
X 2003 10th anniversary bottle. Dark brown-amber, hard to see through, very nice head that dissapates and laces. Malty candy-citrus alcohol hops aroma. Begins malty, somwhat sweet and then astringent with hops alcohol in a bitter finish. Not as complex as one expects a top-notch BW to be, a good effort though.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
16th anniversary edition, 12 oz bottle - Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with medium sized light tan head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma has rich caramel, candy apples, light citrusy hops, very faint orange peel, oak, and cinnamon. Flavor is thick with chewy malts and nutty caramel, soapy hops, faint metallic notes, with a somewhat astringent bitterness. The aroma on this is pretty nice - not the best barleywine aroma Iíve smelled, but pretty good. The flavor however is just not there. Some aspects might mellow with more age, but some aspects just seem like fermentation issues, IMO.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another score from the state store. Yep, the best beer Iíve tried from this brewer. Bottle, XII anniversary bwine. Nice translucent mahogany color....small tannish head that hung around for a bit. Classic big malty caramel nose with some piney hoppiness to boot. Big bitter hop bite at the initial taste that subsides to allow that toffee/caramel malt presence come through. Nice mouthfeel...adequate carbonation...pretty good. I couldnít find much to not like about this. Iíll let some sit for another year or so and revisit.