Bigmmartin (620) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle thanks to Douglas88! XIV version.
I never really thought of Utah when it came to barley wines, but I was surprised. Pours dark amber with a small dissipating head. Aroma is strong of malt and alcohol, typical of barley wines, but some great hops in there also. Taste is hoppier than some other barely wines, but is supported by a large amount as malt and a little bit of alcohol. Very smooth and drinkable barley wine, not harsh at all. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
bottle thanks to TheBeerCellar. This was anniversary XIV. Knocked a Utah brew off my states. This pours a dark brown with a tan head which lingered. Sweet pine hops in the nose. Taste is of hops melded into overripe fruit. Malt backbone is apparent. Mouthfeel is medium to tthin with some bitterness in the aftertaste, but alcohol was not noticeable. GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle shared by robert at stateline... Definitely the best beer of the night in my opinion. Light brown in color. good head. Taste was sweet candy sugar, dried fruits and nice malt/hop character. I would of never guessed it to be 10 percent, it was very drinkable/smooth. Another beer I would definitely purchase again or even suggest to a friend. Overall a very good beer, thanks again robert Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours clear deep amber with thin dark tan head. The aroma is sweet sticky crystal malts mixed with citrus and pine hops and not much else. The taste starts pine hop bitterness that becomes piney, dark fruitiness from dates, raisins and prunes and even some more fruitiness with cherry notes. Nice tasting American style barleywine. It seems to have a smooth balance between dark fruitiness and pine hops with a background of mild malt sweetness. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a clear amber with a one finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel with floral and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
On tap at Brick Store. Dark brown/black pour with cramy tan head. Very nice dried fruit raisin aroma. Very prune juice with a push on raisins. Nice bitter finish. Soldid palate that is full with very good carbonation. Solid BW without any sweet finish very nice hard bitter. The kind of BW that opens the door on the debate is this a bw or IIpa Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours a clear light brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, hops, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is hoppy and fruity, with raisins and plums. Finish is bitter, boozy, and a little dry. Very nice. Body is full with some light carbonation. Pleasantly surprised to find this was made in Utah! BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Poured a deep ruby-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a layer. Aroma of light caramel, some earthy minerals, and light citrus. Light, sharp malt entry with some metallic mineral taste and caramel leads into a lightly bitter hop presence with some undertones of citrus. Moderate fullness on the palate, nice bite. Decent brew, but doesn’t really seem like a traditional barley wine. ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
a free beer from footbalm!
very hoppy nose and reminds me of a young bigfoot slighly with more sweetness on the finish....actually a good barleywine...wish I could taste an aged one....but one of the best fresh barleywines I have had besides bigfoot...thanks again footbalm! nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Came by way of trade with Footbalm. Thanks Eric. Pours a transparent, ruby, copper with a creamy, lacing, slightly beige head. Aroma much like an IIPa, pine, grapefruit, with some dark brown sugar and sweet baked goods. Heavy mouthfeel with a lasting bitterness and a bit of heat. Flavor is malt forward, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and some chewy grains. Definite citrus flavors of lemons and pine. Looks good, tastes good, good beer.