padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased in Utah. Very nice flavors of carmel, malt and some malloasses. Lots of alcohol, but pretty good.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004. Clear ruby-tinged brown, but itís really more brown than red. Great yellow head. The aroma screams pinene and toffee like seemingly every US beer I have lately. Some strawberry jam and buttered toast (as opposed to strawberry jam on toast, obviously thereís a big difference there.) Tastes way hoppier than I expected, though itís really just quite a harsh bitterness that is very much apparent from the get-go and kinda spoils the whole thing. There are some other subtle, piney, hop flavours but itís quite light in both body and malt. Thereís a fair bit of alcohol in there too, but itís really all about that pine. Tastes young and a bit simplistic, but still an enjoyable enough drink.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rating is for the XII. Clear, ruby brown with moderate, transient head. Black cherry, brown sugar, molasses and wet grain are exhibited in the aroma. The aroma suggests that the beer will be rich and sweet, which is contradicted upon the first sip. The flavor has surprisingly light, sunny malt notes with cocoa and some dry caramel. More than anything, there is massive hop bitterness underpinned by some fairly assertive piney attributes. The bitterness really dries out and overwhelms any residual sweetness that might be left in the beer. The alcohol level is well hidden. Residual bitterness leaves the mouth puckered for a long time, but not in that good Bigfoot sort of way. This is more coarse and unrefined - unwelcome. Too dry and conspicuously low on hop aroma for my tastes.
rayaron (839) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear medium brown with low beige head. Sweet aroma, prune, woody, yeasty, faint onion notes, licorice (and maybe even a salted fish?). Sweet prune flavor, woody, some herbs, a bit hoppy, grassy, some caramel. Sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste. Medium carbonation, oily texture, full-bodied.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
17th Anniversary. Pours brown, little head. Slight hop/malt aroma, taste of thick hops and malt and sweet. Classic barleywine.
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. XVII version. Certainly wonít be confused with a good English Barleywine. This beer is all over the place and really does not hit any marks well. Pour is ok but the nose is a bit hoppy and not very malty. Taste shows this imbalance even more. No need for me to have another one of these.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Iíd reckon the bottle is perhaps a year old.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. About two fingers of mocha-colored head is formed, with an excellent creaminess. Retention is decent, and as the head fades, it leaves behind spotty lacing on the glass.
S: This still has some notable leafy, tobacco-esque hop touches left in it. I even notice some touches of roasted malts, to go alongside the (mild) caramel. Thereís also a touch of must. Iím not blown away by the aroma, though I like the lack of boozy qualities.
T: Thereís a small touch of roasted malt to open the brew up. Iím glad the hops donít just provide a generic bitterness at its age, but also some noticeable flavors of spruce, tobacco, marijuana, and general herbs. There is a touch of earthy booze flavor on the back end - though itís not really felt - and even a bit of salty umami. The latter grows bolder as it warms up, which isnít entirely desirable. Other than that, there isnít much to fault here.
M: Medium bodied and rather creamy. The long finish does a good job of drying the palate without exposing the alcohol too severely. This is fairly easy to drink for 10.4%, also.
O: Good barleywine. Some will dislike it low sweetness, but I enjoy the fact itís not cloying. Iím not sure how much Iíd like this fresh; this seems like itís at the perfect age.
thetmaxx (819) - 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.
J_man (814) - 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.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from utah liqour store haahahaha this state is stupid... (XIII) Thin yellow head, brown mirky golden body with a sweet syrupy alc nose, strong dry finish, woody and warming, sweet and tangy, standard barley wine, but exta-ordinary for being from utah i suppose