BeerdedDave (801) - - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy, reddish-brown color; sweet malt and floral hop aroma; a very nice, well balanced barleywine; sweet malt is nicely balanced with plenty of hops
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 donít shout any descriptor other than íhopí at me). Dry bitter finish. As I get into it the bitterness really comes through, and itís drier than a Canterbury plains in the summer. Nice beer, and itís superbly well made, but is a little too clean and dry in the finish to make it the pleasant sipper Iíd want at 10.4%.
CampesinoTino (799) - 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.
foxo82 (794) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beersofeurope.com. Cloudy, muddy chocolate brown. Smells strongly, sickly sweet aroma of hoppy syrup. Taste is fruit cake, sultanas, with a strongly bitter malt tang finish. Warming. Strong alcohol. Perhaps too thin but very nice all the same.
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.
Dr_Fellini (792) - 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.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
X 2003 10th anniversary bottle. Dark brown-amber, hard to see through, very nice head that dissapates and laces. Malty candy-citrus alcohol hops aroma. Begins malty, somwhat sweet and then astringent with hops alcohol in a bitter finish. Not as complex as one expects a top-notch BW to be, a good effort though.
J_man (785) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 This is the 17th Anniversary release (10.4% ABV). Aromas of molasses and dried fruit coming off the somewhat murky, ruddy amber pour with a thin white head. The aromas follow into the flavor along with an overcooked, vegetal taste then a slight candied/caramel sweetness. Thereís some earthy and floral bitterness along side this, but the alcohol and woody, roasted malt win out (as they should). Leaves behind an alcohol tingle and a vegetal/rubber taste. A little more sweetness and a little less of the cooked vegetable taste would help, and it makes me wonder if waiting another year might improve things a bit. ***2015 rating: Didnít realize Iíd had this before! 12 oz. bottle from the brewery in SLC. Seems similar to the previous version I had although Iím enjoying this one more. Definite earthy, leafy aroma that follows into the taste, but with apparently less of the cooked vegetable than before. Very much an American barley wine with lots of earthy hop flavor. Good balancing sweetness and still a good alcohol bite. Iím bumping this up to 3.6 from 3.2. Perhaps itís just my taste thatís changed.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another score from the state store. Yep, the best beer Iíve tried from this brewer. Bottle, XII anniversary bwine. Nice translucent mahogany color....small tannish head that hung around for a bit. Classic big malty caramel nose with some piney hoppiness to boot. Big bitter hop bite at the initial taste that subsides to allow that toffee/caramel malt presence come through. Nice mouthfeel...adequate carbonation...pretty good. I couldnít find much to not like about this. Iíll let some sit for another year or so and revisit.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
16th anniversary edition, 12 oz bottle - Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with medium sized light tan head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma has rich caramel, candy apples, light citrusy hops, very faint orange peel, oak, and cinnamon. Flavor is thick with chewy malts and nutty caramel, soapy hops, faint metallic notes, with a somewhat astringent bitterness. The aroma on this is pretty nice - not the best barleywine aroma Iíve smelled, but pretty good. The flavor however is just not there. Some aspects might mellow with more age, but some aspects just seem like fermentation issues, IMO.