OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
2005 bottle, 12th anniversary shared by jerc. Warm dark amber colour with a mostly diminishing frothy tan head. Fresh oranges and other citrus aroma, light caramel notes. Toffee, orange flavours with a harsh yeasty bitter finish - possibly vegemite? No hop flavour, only bitterness, plus limited sweetness, perhaps overattenuated and too dry for the bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours a rich caramel color with a slight head that leaves some lace. The aroma isn’t very strong. There’s some malt and a little honey in the smell, but it isn’t overpowering with sweetness, which is something I often dislike about barley wine. Where this thing really stands out is the flavor. Huge, huge strong malt and only a slight background sweetness, and some bitter hops in the flavor. It’s crisp, not syrupy like some barley wine can be. This thing might disappoint some barley wine fans, but for someone like me who isn’t in love with the style, this is very good. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Fifteenth anniversary. Bottled 5-16-08. Pours a hazy, burgundy color with a small to medium, beige, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace fingers. Nose is nice, complex and rich, with lots of maple and raisins, dried orange peel, toffee, toasted caramel, light roasted wood, cinnamon, wisps of alcohol, and hops which are slowly fading to only hints at floral and grapefruit. Flavor is similar with maple and roasted maple wood, lots of dried orange peels, raisins, light toffee, some lightly roasted malts, and again floral and grapefruit hops which are back drops to the malts but still bring a moderate bitterness. Palate is round, soft, and medium; a bit thin for a BW. Finish is mildly warm, more bitter than sweet, and noting floral, maple wood, light roast, and cinnamon. After well over a year, and still doing well, but the warmth is still notable and the malt richness is only good. The palate is thin and the appearance is fair, but overall I did enjoy the beer. barleyPops (1142) - 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. Bricks (1140) - Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2011
Smells and pours thick. Almost like a cough syrup. SUPER Smooth. What a great barley wine.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2002
Not bad. Probably one of the best, if not the best beer that is brewed in Utah. Nice dark amber colour, fairly strong alcohol flavour with nice depth. Not a fantastic barley wine, but good for Utah. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2004
on draft: asked the guy in the booth what the abv was.....’uhh, dont really know’ that was a bad first impression. however the barley wine wasnt all that bad. mahogony color with cascades up the nose. stones ipa has this much hop character and even more. so maybe a little thin for a barley but hey, it comes from utah. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
Upper tier barleywine in my opinion. Well balanced, not overly hoppy. Also, lots of fruits, cherry, berry, grape, not just big and sweet, but with complexity. Retains a lot of drinkability for the abv. Better warm... Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2008
XIV vintage from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks again Richard! The pour was an attractive ruby and brown swirl with a nice off-white head. Spotty bits of lacing. The initial aroma was a pleasant blast of citrus hops that gave way to roasted malt, syrupy sweet sugars and rye toast. The flavor was lots of bitter hops with some milder caramel and roasted malt struggling to eke through. The mouthfeel was on the thin side and the alcohol heat was definitely present. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
A decent barelywine that seems to lacking in a proper balance of flavors. The bottle I had said 10% alcohol and hid it very well. May be better with age.