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.
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.
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10.4%, Beautiful deep dark amber brown color with small tan head and messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong caramel malt notes with a strong hoppy bitter finish. Pretty good overall.
Maxbier (816) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown hazy with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, molasses, and dark brown sugar. Taste is strong dark malt, fermented dark dried fruits. Long bitter intense prune reason finish. Hints of burnt wood. Excellent.
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
Darwenus (809) - Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich caramel color with a slight head that leaves some lace. The aroma isnít very strong. Thereís some malt and a little honey in the smell, but it isnít overpowering with sweetness, which is something I often dislike about barley wine. Where this thing really stands out is the flavor. Huge, huge strong malt and only a slight background sweetness, and some bitter hops in the flavor. Itís crisp, not syrupy like some barley wine can be. This thing might disappoint some barley wine fans, but for someone like me who isnít in love with the style, this is very good.
Macegan75 (808) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of a four pack from Wegmanís. Pours medium to with some thathow fades. Nose is fruity ketones and aldehydes, taste is malty goodness folllwed by a balance hop (Cascade). I am betting this wonít age well but we will see. %inish is grapfruit rind. nice
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 (800) - 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.
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep deep amber/brown with lasting white foam. Aromas detectable from a long way away. Dark fruits, blackberry jam, buttered toast, nuts. Taste is big, bold, boozy. Sharp caramel and jam opening, moving to toffee/cereal bittersweet finish. Bitter throughout preventing the sweetness from becoming overpowering. An "American" barley wine I would say.