atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
X (that’s 10 in roman numerals) Pours a nice clean amber color. Very impressive barley wine aroma; strong hop character with a carmel malt beneath. The flavor is very sweet at first followed by a grainy and biscut malt, but not as much hop as I expected. There is chocolate malt as well but not as much hop flavor as I expected. There is a bit of alcohol, but it is vairly well hidden.
Bricks (606) - Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells and pours thick. Almost like a cough syrup. SUPER Smooth. What a great barley wine.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Douglas88! XIV version.
I never really thought of Utah when it came to barley wines, but I was surprised. Pours dark amber with a small dissipating head. Aroma is strong of malt and alcohol, typical of barley wines, but some great hops in there also. Taste is hoppier than some other barely wines, but is supported by a large amount as malt and a little bit of alcohol. Very smooth and drinkable barley wine, not harsh at all.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with medium light brown head. Aroma dark sugars, booze, faint citrus hops. Full body. Alcohol is prominent but mostly manages to stay out of the way. Just on the acceptable side of syrupy. Quite sweet at first but balances out eventually. Toffee, dates, candied citrus are there. Lots of malt. Pretty good.
jflopsu (580) - 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.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 11th anniversary edition. Beautiful deep red-bronze color with a thick head. Caramelized malt with both yeast and hops in the nose. Rich and bitter with thick toffee malt flavors, a slight sweetness, and pleasant yeastiness. Big mouth feel with quite a bitter edge and a lot of warmth. Good alcohol character.
arondee (568) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 12 oz bottle. It pours a dark brown/red with no head and very little carbonation or lacing. Aroma is malt and sweet cherries.The taste is initially bitter from the hops, slightly sweet cherry, alcohol, dark chocolate, and the malts balance the beer out nicely. It reminds me more of a good IPA than it does a sticky syrupy barleywine which is a really good thing! Very good beer.
budznsudz (561) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light orange with a creamy white head. Smells of bread and syrup with a nice hop kick. Nice malt profile and hop presence on the palate. Solid.
Darwenus (558) - Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich caramel color with a slight head that leaves some lace. The aroma isn’t very strong. There’s some malt and a little honey in the smell, but it isn’t overpowering with sweetness, which is something I often dislike about barley wine. Where this thing really stands out is the flavor. Huge, huge strong malt and only a slight background sweetness, and some bitter hops in the flavor. It’s crisp, not syrupy like some barley wine can be. This thing might disappoint some barley wine fans, but for someone like me who isn’t in love with the style, this is very good.
rayg1 (558) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A trade from Douglas, his "best local". Thanks buddy lets give this one a try! The beer opens with a nice hiss and pours out a dark brown with ruby highlights, a small tan head forms on top of the brew. Almost instantly I could pick up citrus smells with a touch of pine. However, the aroma isn’t all hops and in fact the malts make a decent showing to, pretty nice one to smell. Taste is very bold and pretty good. Hops smack the lips with grapefruit and heavy pine resin, however just the right amount of caramel sweetness in the malts comes through to balance it all out. The beer almost has a slight Earthy and wooden taste to it even though this was not barrel aged to my knowledge. Regardless this is an excellent barleywine. I wish I had one more to age for a bit as I could see this one improving with time.