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. scottw86 (1179) - Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Poured a deep reddish-copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with some brown sugar and caramel. Some very good flavors. Taste also is hoppy with some resin. Very well balanced. Good caramel flavors with molasses and syrup. Alcohol is well hidden and it is very smooth. Very good! 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. OKBeer (1175) - 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 (1163) - 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.
Bricks (1160) - Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2011
Smells and pours thick. Almost like a cough syrup. SUPER Smooth. What a great barley wine. 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. Kaya161 (1142) - 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...