Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear light brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, hops, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is hoppy and fruity, with raisins and plums. Finish is bitter, boozy, and a little dry. Very nice. Body is full with some light carbonation. Pleasantly surprised to find this was made in Utah!
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, typical in your face barley wine. Pours brown/red color. Aroma of sweetness and some hints of hops. Full body, thick dark fruits and sweetness. Well balanced with a malty backbone. Surprisingly, there was little to no alcohol on the taste. Defintely well balanced. This is a classic barley wine, usually not my style. This one is not bad.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
XII. This one’s been in my cellar for a while. I haven’t had a lot of luck with this brewery, I even had an employee of Uinta contact me with a very nasty e-mail about my ratings. Pours a medium bodied dark amber color with a few small bubbles but no real head. The aroma is mild plums and some earthy carmel malts. The flavors is semi-sweet caramel, a little tobacco, molasses, and a very subtle hop presence. The alcohol is pretty much non-existant in the flavor. This one is way past it’s prime but still my favorite Uinta to date. I’ll pick up a fresh bottle soon to compare.
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.
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.
J_man (936) - 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.
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.
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.