DenverLogan (1055) - 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.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked fine. Tasted fine. Solid little barley wine. It was pretty fresh which is how I like my barley with some more hop kick. It didn’t suck.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a redish color with good head no lacing. Aroma was lots of caramel and fruits. Flavor was much the same but had an overwhelming stickiness to it. Needed more pine hops for sure. Mouthfeel was off as well.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a clear amber with a one finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel with floral and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
rajendra82 (1041) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out.
I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta.
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XVII version. 12 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ("bottled on 3/22/11"). Pours a muddy purple-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. Aroma of rich caramel and toffee, creamy nutty chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of port wine. Flavor of cardboard-y roasted malts, burnt chocolate, some dark sticky fruit, and a bit of grapefruity hops. Medium bodied with a touch of lingering bitterness. The high ABV is mostly well hidden here. Nice aroma but I found the flavor somewhat lacking. (491, 707)
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Intense malt character. Toffee, casramel, more chocolate than you’d expect in a BW, and raisins. Small, if any, hop presence noted. Different and I like it.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Label read 1993. Nice thick coloring. Aroma seemed very hoppy. Flavor was piney and somewhat metallic. Overly hopped, in my opinion, for a barleywine.
TychoJames (1027) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaska frånsystembolaget. Mörkt bärnstensfärgad med beiget skum. Humlig och fuktig doft. Smak av brännt socker och druva. Aningen klen
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is fairly mellow with caramel, brown sugar, cherries, orange/lemon, light maple, and a little bourbon. Cherry notes in a barleywine often come out weird, but they’re slightly less bad here. Tastes of caramel, maple, leaves, tobacco, and old fruit. Finishes earthy but there’s lingering old fruit and cherry with toast, wood, and light char winning out. Medium-heavy, mostly creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is both frothy and prickly, heat is present. Seems somewhere between English and American BWs, at least in style. If only it didn’t have cherry characteristics....