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.
zoucrew102 (871) - - 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
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DenverLogan (866) - 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.
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.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased in Utah. Very nice flavors of carmel, malt and some malloasses. Lots of alcohol, but pretty good.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004. Clear ruby-tinged brown, but it’s really more brown than red. Great yellow head. The aroma screams pinene and toffee like seemingly every US beer I have lately. Some strawberry jam and buttered toast (as opposed to strawberry jam on toast, obviously there’s a big difference there.) Tastes way hoppier than I expected, though it’s really just quite a harsh bitterness that is very much apparent from the get-go and kinda spoils the whole thing. There are some other subtle, piney, hop flavours but it’s quite light in both body and malt. There’s a fair bit of alcohol in there too, but it’s really all about that pine. Tastes young and a bit simplistic, but still an enjoyable enough drink.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rating is for the XII. Clear, ruby brown with moderate, transient head. Black cherry, brown sugar, molasses and wet grain are exhibited in the aroma. The aroma suggests that the beer will be rich and sweet, which is contradicted upon the first sip. The flavor has surprisingly light, sunny malt notes with cocoa and some dry caramel. More than anything, there is massive hop bitterness underpinned by some fairly assertive piney attributes. The bitterness really dries out and overwhelms any residual sweetness that might be left in the beer. The alcohol level is well hidden. Residual bitterness leaves the mouth puckered for a long time, but not in that good Bigfoot sort of way. This is more coarse and unrefined - unwelcome. Too dry and conspicuously low on hop aroma for my tastes.
Dr_Fellini (830) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown ruby red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, a bit astringent. Flavor is sweet, heavily malty, slight alcohol. Lingering nutty kick in the finish. Tasty.
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.
jflopsu (827) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Pours a dark brown. Has a dark fruit aroma with malt. Tate is unique with dark fruit, sweet malt, carmel, and prunes. A light aftertaste of malt, but not lingering.