Gaultier (786) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Nedre Mölla. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Humlig, nån slags bär, karamell. Smak: Humlig, karamell, sötma, rejäl beska. Kroppen är medelfyllig, avslutningen rejält besk med en aning karamell samt spritiga inslag.
foxo82 (784) - 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.
J_man (780) - 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.
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 I’ve 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 couldn’t find much to not like about this. I’ll 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 I’ve 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.
thetmaxx (772) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle, aroma is malty, caramel. Flavor does reflect the alcohol and is not hidden. Finishes dry. Nothing special here.
Dr_Fellini (771) - 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.
jflopsu (767) - 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.
MikeJslc (767) - USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper, clear, persistent tan head. Aroma: deep malt with toffee, toast and light raisin, piney-resiny hop with light citrus. Flavor: bready, toasty malt with toffee, firm bitterness, piney, citrusy hop flavor, bitterness lingers in finish. Full bodied, warming. Great American barleywine. This bottle was late 2011 release (after they stopped numbering the bottles) and was consumed about 2 months old.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
14th. Bottled 1/08. Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head. Retention isnt great but it never disappears. Aroma shows intense caramel maltiness. Graham cracker. A floral spiciness is also evident along with an almost pepper component. I’m really liking the aroma on this. Flavor is similar. A moderately strong hop flavor is present, surprising given its age. Nutty, caramel, somewhat bitter. Slightly sweet. Somewhat intense. I would say this has held up very well. I’ve never had this before so I don’t know how it compares at different ages but at the 2.5 year mark it’s a solid barleywine.