Rune (7995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought a bottle of this great beer at the BSF-bar at GBBF last year. XVI Anniversary, bottled on 20.02.09, 10.4% abv. Rocky, off-white head with fair duration that left a lacy trail down the sides of the glass. Deep, ruby-brown body. Rich aroma of bread-like malts and spicy hops. Full taste of dark caramel malts and dark fruity hops overlaid by dark, bitter spices. Lingering bittersweet tail added by gently warming alcohol. A very nice drink and perfect to the green winter up north (Tromsø, 01.07.2010).
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz 17th anniversary bottle bought from holiday wine cellar in escondido poured into pint glass. Looks deep dark ruby red. perfect 1 finger tan head. smells like red malts with thick yeastiness. tastes a bit bitter on the front then lots of red amber and caramel malts. also some spices and wheat. overall 8.5 of 10.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vertical tasting at Craig’s. XIV. Dark red colour with a thin light tan head. Aroma of alcohol, candy sugar, caramel and leather. Flavours of chocolate, raisins, caramel, black pepper and alcohol. Long alcohol hum with moderate carbonation and prickle. XVI same appearance with a much more subdued nose. Aroma of caramel, tar, leather and a little smoke. Alcohol quite present. Mouth-feel is somewhat oily. I prefer the XIV.
Leighton (10774) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting, my place in London. Thanks to Jack, I think. Pours clear amber with a strong, off-white head. Big nose of caramel, ripe fruit, bready malts, toffee and a bit of pine. Nice flavor with heavy, sweet bread, resinous pine, ripe and semi-dark fruits, caramel. Medium to big in body with average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with lots of toasted sugar, pine, sticky sugar, a bit of dirt, earth, toffee and yet more caramel. Solid. A quintessential American barley wine. Highly enjoyable stuff.
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle @larsga. Red, brown colour with a semi-thick head. Caramel, coffee with hint of high alcohol. Taste is full of sweet malts, prunes, caramell and spices. Fullbodied with a nice lasting aftertaste.
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AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus hoppy aroma, reddish brown liquid with minimal head, medium bitterness and sourness, medium body and soft carbonation, with a bitter finish. This is excellent, reminded me of an IPA with all the hops.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown with some ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized and brown sugars, grapefruit, citrus, and some pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops, some good bitterness, brown sugar, caramelized malts, a touch of dark fruit, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Nice hoppy barleywine. Great overall balance and smoothness.
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
XIV at GBBF 2008. Deep ruby brwon with a lasting off-white head. SNPA-like juicy citrus hop aroma, with some malt. Dry malty flavour with toffee and caramel, some citrus hop and a hint of alcohol. Very good, but felt like it probably would have been even better fresher.
Travlr (11122) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Churchkey. Clear brownish maroon, off white edge head. Aroma of scotch, pine, spice, fresh hops. Taste has spices, caramel, prominent alcohol, bitter finish. Nicely hopped, balanced.
tennessejed420 (927) - 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.