beer_est_deus (841) - 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.
HughConway (829) - 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.
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. I’d 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. There’s also a touch of must. I’m not blown away by the aroma, though I like the lack of boozy qualities.
T: There’s a small touch of roasted malt to open the brew up. I’m glad the hops don’t 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 it’s not really felt - and even a bit of salty umami. The latter grows bolder as it warms up, which isn’t entirely desirable. Other than that, there isn’t 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 it’s not cloying. I’m not sure how much I’d like this fresh; this seems like it’s at the perfect age.
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
48FanInCali (807) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. XVII version. Certainly won’t be confused with a good English Barleywine. This beer is all over the place and really does not hit any marks well. Pour is ok but the nose is a bit hoppy and not very malty. Taste shows this imbalance even more. No need for me to have another one of these.
Gaultier (807) - 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.
zoucrew102 (801) - - 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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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 don’t shout any descriptor other than ’hop’ at me). Dry bitter finish. As I get into it the bitterness really comes through, and it’s drier than a Canterbury plains in the summer. Nice beer, and it’s superbly well made, but is a little too clean and dry in the finish to make it the pleasant sipper I’d want at 10.4%.
CampesinoTino (798) - 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.
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.