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. rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out.
I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle from State Liquor Store, Ogden, UT. A style-bullseye but not too exciting. Aroma of sour apples, sweet vinegar, hop city, and clear water. Flavor is quite hoppy (I don’t think the balance is that good in a two month old bottle). Two bottles are left of the 6er I bought, so they are going to chill for a year or two. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
2008 Bottle. Cloudy dark ruby with a small head. Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel and over-ripe cherry notes. Fairly sweet with a little balancing hop bitterness. Medium to heavy body. Bitter finish. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
XVII version. 12 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ("bottled on 3/22/11"). Pours a muddy purple-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. Aroma of rich caramel and toffee, creamy nutty chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of port wine. Flavor of cardboard-y roasted malts, burnt chocolate, some dark sticky fruit, and a bit of grapefruity hops. Medium bodied with a touch of lingering bitterness. The high ABV is mostly well hidden here. Nice aroma but I found the flavor somewhat lacking. (491, 707)
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Looked fine. Tasted fine. Solid little barley wine. It was pretty fresh which is how I like my barley with some more hop kick. It didn’t suck. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2009
Poured a redish color with good head no lacing. Aroma was lots of caramel and fruits. Flavor was much the same but had an overwhelming stickiness to it. Needed more pine hops for sure. Mouthfeel was off as well.
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. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Intense malt character. Toffee, casramel, more chocolate than you’d expect in a BW, and raisins. Small, if any, hop presence noted. Different and I like it. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Bottled. Label read 1993. Nice thick coloring. Aroma seemed very hoppy. Flavor was piney and somewhat metallic. Overly hopped, in my opinion, for a barleywine.