ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, XV anniversary, bottled 11/12/08 from grape & gourmet. pours a slightly syrupy, dark reddish mohagany with almost no head and a right of lace. aroma is very nice with aromas of sweet malts, toffee, cider spices, and a touch of citrus hops. flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma with flavors of dark, toasted malts, dried raisins, toffee, and mild orange peel. palate is medium bodied and smooth but slightly watery and undercarbonated with a dry finish. overall, a decent BW.
TBone (11730) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (XVI, bought from GBBF, bottled 02/20/09).
Dark ruby-brown color, small steady beige head, some lace. Berryish red currant aroma, some sweaty hops, caramel. Flavor is similar, dominated by rusty hops, caramel, licorice, berries ... Smooth, liquerish palate, decent hoppyness, but leans more towards sweetness than eg. Bigfoot.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle XIV Anniversary: Deep ruby, a little fiery, moderate to thin light beige head, frothy, falls quickly, spotty lacing.   Malt forward nose, a little sweaty and sockish, otherwise a slight hop character with minor citrus oriented aromas.
On the tongue I get a decent malt base, slight astringent citrus bitterness, with a little bit of a sweet citrusy tail.   In some sense it seems young, yet its not really all that brash.   Does seem juvenile, but I bet 6
months to a year would correct that.   For a 10.4% Barley Wine, it sure hides it well.   No real heat in the finish.   Maybe its a mormon trick!   Pleasing to drink, with only a slight citrus astringency that tends to
detract.   Hopefully some months, or a year, will settle that down.   As a Barley Wine, its decent.   Maltier than others, yet not as viscous.   Hides its ABV very well.   Yet, certainly has a certain youthfullness
that asks to be cellared a bit.   Body and mouthfeel on this on are fairly moderate.   Not weak by any means, but needs a bit of time for its citrusy punch to mellow out a bit.   Good Barley Wine, and certainly good
considering the origin of this beer.   Thanks to douglas88 for the rare opportunity to try this beer!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a mostly clear brown with a thin beige to tan head. Sweet and sticky hops on the nose, earthy. Medium bodied, more earthy hop and malt notes. Nice hoppy bitterness and a touch of warming alcohol.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle - 07/16/09. Thanks Douglas, this is a beer I’ve missed out on numerous times and am glad to have finally gotten a chance to try. God, Barleywine in May. I feel like I haven’t had one in so, so long. This ought to be interesting. Classic caramel and hops aroma, quite appreciable. Citrus, malt, and grapefruit zest. Pours a very ruddy dark amber with a sand-tinted head. Flavors give a fair amount of aged hop resin. A bit dusty, a bit turpentine-like, and a bit of peanut brittle. Decent balance of sugars and bitterness with the alcohols well-submerged between a slick of candied grapefruit skin and lemongrass. I want more freshness out of the hops or more complexity out of the malt, otherwise, this is a rather run of the mill barleywine.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
14th Anniversary (2nd bottling)
BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08
Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass.
Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion.
Taste: I’m loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew.
Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn’t have too many.
This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I’m glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Bottle... Clear ruby ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Fruity, malty nose. Well-balanced, malty flavor. Medium sweetness... toffee and caramel. Medium bitterness... pink grapefruit. Mildly tangy. Not overly boozy. Medium-bodied and lightly oily with soft carbonation. Lengthy, moderately bitter finish. Thanks to scraff for sharing!
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 12th Anniversary. Dark brown body, good fingers worth of luscious creamy beige head. Hoppy, tangy malt aroma is moderate. Booze emerges as the glass warms. Flavour is dominated by green vine like, not quite leafy, full hops bitterness that is not always pleasant as it lacks sufficient hop flavour to balance it. Needs more hop in the flavour or less bitterness to let the muted caramel malt shine through - needs to pick a direction. Average to medium palate. (3+) Big rough around the edges.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Twelfth Anniversary (XII) bottled 2005. Deep brown with reddish hues. An inch of rocky light tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet caramel malt and a hint of pine in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt and piney hop flavors are blended with a drier, earthy, woody, and even leathery, presence. Fullish body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitter leathery aftertaste lingers. Normally I like this, but with this beer find it oddly unpleasant. My initial reaction is that this is a little brother to Bigfoot with a long way to go to grow up. There are better barleywines.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, 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