Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and some pine. Flavor was quite hoppy more than i was expecting with caramel malts, brown sugar, subtle toffee, pine and some ripe fruit with a sticky texture and a bitter hoppy finish. malrubius (2864) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle in Chimay glass. Reddish amber with lasting ring and lace. Mildly hoppy fruity brown sugar and mild alcohol aroma. Burnt brown sugar fruity portlike flavors with medium bitterness and some cloying. Full body and medium-low carbo. Nice creamy texture (room temp). Pretty palatable, inoffensive, drinkable, flavorful. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2009
About as average as a barley wine can get. Amber brown color without much head. Spotty head. Toffee and caramel aroma. Strong alcohol in the nose. Malty stuff. Lots of toffee and caramel in the taste as well. Some dark fruit. Not much really. Slightly bitter at the end. Lots of burning alcohol as it warms. Eh. doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Fifteenth Anniversary Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an orange tint. Head does not retain. In fact, by the end of the glass there was no lace. Sweet toffee malty aroma. Taste of dark malt and molasses are heightened by the high alcohol burn that accompanies the initial taste. Nice bittering on the back side. alexsdad06 (10289) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
12 oz. bottle via trade. (Captain cougar?). Pours a clear dark orange brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is toffee biscuity malt, light citrus, earthy, pine, and floral notes. The flavor has a solid malty opening dominated by caramel, dark ripe fruit, green hops add bitterness, and woody notes. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, overall very good.
nuplastikk (6225) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2009
12oz bottle. A Barleywine from Utah...you gotta like that. Sweet toffee malt aroma, very sweet. The taste is not unlike the aroma, with some deep rustic woody tastes. Lots of molasses and resiny characteristics. Deep opaque orange brown color. The hops sort of come through in a mellow piny way especially in the finish. An all around quality Barleywine. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2009
XV bottling. Deep copper red with a tan head. Big piney hop aroma. Medium body with a prickly carbonation. Hugely bitter grapefruit and pine hop flavors tempered by a sharp burnt caramel sweetness. Nice alcohol twang to finish. Thanks MJ ! nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2009
XV. 12 Oz bottle from the huge liquor store in Park City. Brownish ruby red pour with a loose tan head. Huge sweet malty nose. Subdued hops, bananas, vanilla. Flavor is similar, with more hops apparent. Lingering bitter finish. Full and oily body. Drinkable but quite sweet. Tastes and smells like a barley wine - scotch ale hybrid. Enjoyable. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pours amber with tan head. Nose of oxidized malts, brown sugar, pine, grapefruit. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, charred malts, dry finish. Nice barleywine working with slightly oxidized malts with nice hop flavor. beastiefan2k (3948) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Tap @ Standings Bar, served in a small wine glass. Version XV if I remember correctly. It pours with no head and a dark ruby color and glows when put up against the light but cannot see through it anyway. Aroma is surprisingly full of aggressively bitter hops then candied sweet malts. The aroma is definitely on track for a hoppy style West coast barleywine. Taste is lighter on the hops and a bit of watery bitterness. Just in general a bit of a watery barlywine flavor but still sweet and candied.