hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A brown pour with a creamy head that leaves lace and lastes. Aroma is dried fruit, a little sweet with some toast. The flavor comes on roasty, but has sweet caramel and some real burnt and hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this one as an extra in a trade.
Pours a nice deep reddish amber with a good amount of foamy light tan head.
Aroma is nice, but I wish it was a bit more intense. Flavor is a bit stronger but not anything overly special. It is a solid beer, and I’m glad I got to try it, but not necessarily anything I’d track down again.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 This is a really good barleywine. Now that I’ve been banished to Utah hell, I will take anything I can get that is half way decent. The head and nose is awesome on this beer. Its a nice dark purple color and is full bodied. The taste is a little odd but ok. As this one mellows it will be excellent. 2004 version
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, kind of a disappointment. I loved the cockeyed cooper like few beers before or since so I was excited to pick up a 4 pack of this anniversary barleywine 2012 edition.
It doesn’t live up. Aroma is HOPS, grapefruit, citrus, pine, all the usual notes. Not much in the way of malts coming through but I suppose it was only bottled last month. Appearance is lovely, auburn red with a thin beige head that fades in a minute or two. Taste is HOPS with a caramel background it seems a bit herbaceous and the malt isn’t very complex, caramel and sweetness with grapefruit and pine. Palate is not as sticky as I’d expect from a 10.4% barleywine. Overall I’ve got 3 more bottles and I am going to lay them down until at least next winter. I really hope the hops mellow out and the malt gains some complexity. This is my first miss from Uinta but it won’t affect my downright love of the dubhe and the cockeyed cooper.
Doofgoblin (242) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum! A really tasty barley. Great toffee aroma and taste with the right amount of sweetness and body. Thick and good...
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into a nice looking brew, but the head fades quick. Smell is a little sweet, and malty. Interesting taste. Not over the top on anything, but full of a bunch of different things. Can’t quite place it, but something burnt, or roasted. Very good drinkability for the 10.4%
mensch (238) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the XV, aged for 1 1/2 years, Aroma is sweet and musty, with a little golden raison and sherry. Languid on the tongue. Slightly sour, and it’s lost most of its cloying syrupy quality. Finishes with burnt toffee and fire. Could still be cellared for another year or five.
Dr_Fellini (238) - 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.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle----->tulip. Pours an amber brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet sticky figs and caramel. Taste is syrupy dark fruit, toffee, and sweet malt. Palate is kind of thick and noncarbonated. A fairly typical barleywine.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma, very chewy and a sock of flavor. This is a very good Barleywine. GABF 2002