jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
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. DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one, the XII version. Pours hazy ruby with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit, including figs, caramel malt, earthy notes. Tastes fruity, earthy, and malty, with the caramel malt, burny molasses, figs, pears, cognac, and black currant flavor emerging as it warms. Dense palate with a compex nose and flavor, this one hides its behemoth load of alcohol very well. This is a remarkable beer, and one I’m glad to have ad the chance to have quaffed. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Excellent American barleywine. Big hoppy nose, gorgeous reddish amber color; very complex, flavorful beer with a nice balance of hops and malt. Loved it. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2006
2004 XI Anniversary BW poured a dark brown with a small tan head that quickly faded into lacing. Aroma was malty with toffee and sweet candied orange. Flavor followed with lots of malt a touch of toffee and good bitter hop bite that faded into an alcohol warming finish. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2006
XII via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a deep amber color with a nice size light tan head. Has a sweet floral, toasty caramel malt aroma. Has a semi-sweet caramel malt flavor with a good amount of hop bitterness. Has a slight alcohol aftertaste. Medium body with a dry finish. A good beer. Thanks Jordan.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
XII via trade with both Bück Dich and Degarth! - Thanks guys! - Pours lovely copper with a pretty good sized tan head that settles back quickly to a film and laces a little on the snifter. Aroma is nice citrus hops over big caramel malts, with a little toffee, and some apricot there too. Flavor is good caramel malts, toffee, a little brown sugar, some grapefruit on the finish. Pretty well balanced. Carbonated well but not overly so. Somewhat dry and bitter on the finish. A good balanced barleywine that I enjoyed.. bhensonb (15848) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
XII Ann. Great hoppy aroma backed by malt. Amber color, reddish heart, and virtually no head. Starts with a piny hop, moving to malty sweetness, finishing with sugar on the tongue, but the bitter continues. Goes good with chocolate. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2006
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad via trade, thanks Scott. XII wonderful malty aroma of caramel and toffee. pours a rich mahogany brown with a short lived head. flavor is more malt with some brown sugar and somewhat acidic on the finish. still not a huge BW fan, but I’m getting there. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Another score from the state store. Yep, the best beer I’ve tried from this brewer. Bottle, XII anniversary bwine. Nice translucent mahogany color....small tannish head that hung around for a bit. Classic big malty caramel nose with some piney hoppiness to boot. Big bitter hop bite at the initial taste that subsides to allow that toffee/caramel malt presence come through. Nice mouthfeel...adequate carbonation...pretty good. I couldn’t find much to not like about this. I’ll let some sit for another year or so and revisit. hopscotch (11313) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
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!