detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Twelfth Anniversary (XII) bottled 2005. Deep brown with reddish hues. An inch of rocky light tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet caramel malt and a hint of pine in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt and piney hop flavors are blended with a drier, earthy, woody, and even leathery, presence. Fullish body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitter leathery aftertaste lingers. Normally I like this, but with this beer find it oddly unpleasant. My initial reaction is that this is a little brother to Bigfoot with a long way to go to grow up. There are better barleywines.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle XVI Pours a brown with a decent lasting light tan head. The lacing is very nice. The aroma is of alcohol, sugar, malts, oak, and spices. Has a good carbonation. Mouthfeel is decent. Not much alcohol burn. The alcohol is hidden very well. The flavor is decent. Not a ton of depth but very tasty. Has a thicker texture. A med to full body. The finish is good and a decent aftertaste. This one is pretty good.
Bricks (958) - 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.
mstrcrwly (952) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Draught 55..reddish brown with thin off white head.aroma of caramel,spices,hops..taste of caramel,brown sugar,hops..boozy but not overpowering.
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 bottle XVI. Have another aged a year, will update tomorrow. Pours dark auburn with beige tan head, bubbly froth. Nose is deep, rich molasses, actually some subtle smoke / bacon flavors, caramel. Thick, viscous, chewy mouth feel, but pretty smooth, 10% hidden, except for a warming on the finish. Flavor is deep and musky, almost cheesy, smoked wood, with a molasses backbone, yet no sickly sweetness. Interesting take on a barely wine and I quite like it. Not the cockeyed cooper, but at $8.99 a 6 pack its a great value.
AGED 1 YEAR: Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, with fruity notes of raisin, definitely some smoke still here, but more subdued. Even a pickled plum aspect, definitely still some bacon on flavor. Smoother, creamier. Rich wood bacon smoke with sweet toffee, caramel, candied raisin. I think I like it better aged a bit. Overall excellent.
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a brown head that has a reddish tint! Interesting! Smells a little of wood and sugary goodness. Taste is a bit bitter with some sweetness! Not my favoritest barley wine but still good and a cheap price!
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Brass Rail. At first glance the beer appears black but when held to the light it reveals that it is a very deep red, topped by a small but lasting head. Smells vaguely fruity but I think it was a bit too cold to really open up. The flavor was semi-sweet with some plum, raisin, general fruitiness. Very smooth and full bodied. Easy drinking for 10% abv.
J_man (919) - 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. There’s 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: Didn’t realize I’d had this before! 12 oz. bottle from the brewery in SLC. Seems similar to the previous version I had although I’m 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. I’m bumping this up to 3.6 from 3.2. Perhaps it’s just my taste that’s changed.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008/xv vintage thanks to a fellow rb’er, thanks! actually not bad. not great. might do ok after another year or two, so give it say 5 i would say. slight notes of smooth subtle dark fruits are showing up, but theres still a hop and alcohol mask over them on your palate. still a very big hop bitterness present. drinks fairly well, but still hot in the mouth. aroma is a oot closer to what you would want, was surprised at the bitterness masking the taste, which follows suite of the aroma and almost achieves greatness in this brew.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours clear raisin brown with a medium to large tan head. Aroma is alcohol, sherry-like oxidation, caramel, and soap/detergent. Flavor is oddly bitter, caramel, sherry, and soap. Thin and watery.