cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2011
bottles at home ... Colins tasting ...
Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
14 anniversary... deep copper ... sweet vanilla toffee ... typical barley wine nose ... rich sweet front ... bitter linger ... fairly typical barlywine ... creamy malts ... 3.3
16 anniversary ... deep copper ... lighter nose ... little leathery ... dark fruits ... thiner body ... ligth smokey vanilla barley wine ... creamy malts ... 3.5
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. Rasmus40 (20639) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Clear reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and rather hoppy - grapefruit and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 020812 fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle at R.F.D., Washington DC, as XV AnniversaryTheydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Mahogany color. Aroma of caramel and old wood, solid. Strong body structure, with very good sweet caramel flavor, not syrupy, and with a strong bitterness. The final is well balanced between medium sweet caramel and the bitterness. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
Bottleshare BBQ at Dave L’s, PA - 27/05/12.
Reddish brown hues with a decent tan head.
Dark fruits, malt, cherry and a whiff of booze on the nose.
Sweet tasting, malts, dark fruits, brown sugar.
Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation, alcohol fairly well balanced but evident.
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Clear amber/copper beer with a small but lasting offwhite head. Nutty aroma, caramel, biscuits, hoppy, lemongrass, citrus, pineapples, figs, raisins, some toffee. Malty floral flavor, caramel, toffee, pineapples, passion fruit, mango, pine needles, raisins, some warming alcohol. Very nice. saxo (18300) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle XVII. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich hops, burnt caramel, fruits, alcohol notes, nuts and malt. Nice long bitter finish. mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Rich aroma of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, berries, and caramel malts, with considerable sweetness. Flavour of sour cherries, balanced by dark sweet fruits, brown sugar and toffee. Finishes with burnt caramel, sour fruits and alcohol. The contrasts of sour and sweet don’t seem to have meshed as well as they could have. All in all, a well-made barley wine, but their Crooked Line Cockeyed Copper [Barley Wine] far surpasses this. Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 2004: Golden-chestnut colour. Chocolatey, orangey aroma. Chocolatey, grapefruity, toasty, alcoholic flavour. This one is ready now, and quite pleasant.TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2009
2003: Bright reddish-brown colour. Chewy crystal malt aroma. Very earthy, bitter. Raw, with lots of heat. Maybe but it’s still young and needs the edge taken off the heat and bitterness. Ar 6 Ap 4 F 6 P 3 O13 = 3.2
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.