bbbeer (702) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with medium light brown head. Aroma dark sugars, booze, faint citrus hops. Full body. Alcohol is prominent but mostly manages to stay out of the way. Just on the acceptable side of syrupy. Quite sweet at first but balances out eventually. Toffee, dates, candied citrus are there. Lots of malt. Pretty good.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours carmel color with thinned head. Nice schotchy reisniny aroma and flavor featuring sitcky honeyed malted sugars and carmels jiving with a sturdy drying hoppy distance. A nice balancing touch is provided by the dusty faint echoes which put the whole brew into perspective, three is also overriding sweetness and alcohol pervading throughout the finish. There are a lot of directions in which this brew flies but it seems that all directions bleed into each other to provide a tasty and cohesive brew in which thre are many levels of appreciation. Overall well done sir.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby red with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and malt. Taste of sweet caramel and malt. Nice hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice balance. Pretty good.
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The XVI anniversary version. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a cream colored head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and an underlying of citrus hops. Flavor of citrus hops with an overall fruity/caramel flavor. I like the balance of this beer.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
XVII. Pours a dark amber with a thin off-yellow head, fast to fade. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, grassy and citrusy hops. Taste is quite crisp; dark fruit, bitter hops, warm malty notes throughout. Strong alcohol taste; bitter finish; lemon rind. Nice. Mouth feel is smooth. Interested in seeing how it ages.
vjohans (669) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2014.
Caramell, Grass, citrus, dried fruit, Brown liquid, Brown head, hazyx, medium sweet, medium bitter, medium body, decent america british style barley wine, to bitter to match the body
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff, who’d have thought this would come out of Utah? Tasted similar to Arrogant Bastard. Big hop bite with a sweet, smooth aftertaste. The ABV left a nice glow in the stomach.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 9/28/08. Pours a clear dark amber-copper color creating a thin, but tight, creamy head. Exits the bottle thick and viscous. Dominant aromas of caramel candies, toasted malts and dark brown sugar are initially noted. Although described on the label as a malty barleywine a substantial amount of citrusy and piney hop aromas make their way through in the background. Some faint distracting and somewhat unwanted aromatic medicinal and oxidation notes are noted also. For such a young bottle this is quite unusual. Palate is slick, full and oily with a very fine carbonation level. Great mouthfeel for a high ABV beer. Flavors start out on the malty side with assertive notes of burnt caramel candies, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and a touch of sherry. A nice balance of moderately bitter pine and grapefruit rind hop flavors slide in at the finish to cut through the sweetness. Overall a pleasant, full bodied warm sipper; perfect for a chilly winter night. At $9.99 per sixer a great value also.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with offwhite head that retains reasonably well to a thin laced rimjob. Nose is fresh with some pine and brown sugary baked goods. Palate has the same elements with piney hops, caramel & brown sugar sweetness, and a little alcohol warmth on the finish. More easy drinking than many barleywines. I’ll have to get this one on draft when I’m in Utah next time.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
14th Anniversary Bottle: Courtesy of TBC...thanks Matt. Pours a clear, dark amber with no head. Notes of caramel, roasted malts, wheat and a hint of fruitiness...not much of a hop profile to it. Medium bodied...flavors of toasted grains, some woodsy/earthy characteristics and some hints of caramel.