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.
BeerdedDave (816) - - 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
48FanInCali (815) - 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.
AlabastorJones (810) - 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
foxo82 (802) - 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.
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.
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.
J_man (790) - 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.
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.