JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
16th anniversary edition, 12 oz bottle - Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with medium sized light tan head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma has rich caramel, candy apples, light citrusy hops, very faint orange peel, oak, and cinnamon. Flavor is thick with chewy malts and nutty caramel, soapy hops, faint metallic notes, with a somewhat astringent bitterness. The aroma on this is pretty nice - not the best barleywine aroma I’ve smelled, but pretty good. The flavor however is just not there. Some aspects might mellow with more age, but some aspects just seem like fermentation issues, IMO.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
14th. Bottled 1/08. Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head. Retention isnt great but it never disappears. Aroma shows intense caramel maltiness. Graham cracker. A floral spiciness is also evident along with an almost pepper component. I’m really liking the aroma on this. Flavor is similar. A moderately strong hop flavor is present, surprising given its age. Nutty, caramel, somewhat bitter. Slightly sweet. Somewhat intense. I would say this has held up very well. I’ve never had this before so I don’t know how it compares at different ages but at the 2.5 year mark it’s a solid barleywine.
bbbeer (745) - 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.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Fruity (citrus, raisin, berry) and spicy hops; light caramel malt, sweet, subtle toast. Can smell a little alcohol.
Sweet malty flavor, with bread and caramel malt in the background. Balanced with firm bitterness, and candy-ish fruity (citrus, plum, and almost strawberry-like?), tongue-numbingly spicy hop flavor. Warming--but little to no alcohol flavor.
"Best before 11/8/13"
mbgrayson (725) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 11/24/09. Pours a hazy brown Lots of aroma, malt and alcohol taste. Plums and fruit flavor, a little sweet, still quite smooth. The alcohol kick will getcha. Thumbs up.
tfontana (718) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into tulip glass from One Stop Market. Aroma is strong bready and caramel malts with floral and fruity hints. Mildly astringent. Appearance is hazy dark reddish-orange with discernible floating sediment, minimal sparkle, finger-width fluffy beige head with fair retention and nice lacing. Taste is much like aroma with front half sweet malt and second half yielding to more nuanced fruit notes and some citrus. Palate is medium bodied with thick, sticky texture, esophageal warmth and sweet, long finish. Overall, avoids being overly sweet and has a bit of hop complexity.
vjohans (717) - 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
mikeyo1 (693) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Clear dark red / brown and a lasting biege head. Malty sweet aroma, caramel, grainsbiscuits, wood, toffee, pine, passion fruit, dark fruits, some alcohols. Taste is similar and with lots of caramel and bittering hops hitting you instantly and a big mouth feel. Aftertaste is dry bitter and woody.
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.