b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
10.4%, Beautiful deep dark amber brown color with small tan head and messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong caramel malt notes with a strong hoppy bitter finish. Pretty good overall. Macegan75 (880) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle of a four pack from Wegman’s. Pours medium to with some thathow fades. Nose is fruity ketones and aldehydes, taste is malty goodness folllwed by a balance hop (Cascade). I am betting this won’t age well but we will see. %inish is grapfruit rind. nice bbbeer (878) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Deep amber with medium light brown head. Aroma dark sugars, booze, faint citrus hops. Full body. Alcohol is prominent but mostly manages to stay out of the way. Just on the acceptable side of syrupy. Quite sweet at first but balances out eventually. Toffee, dates, candied citrus are there. Lots of malt. Pretty good. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pours to a murky orange brown with thin off white head that dissipates quickly to little lacing. Nose is malty dark fruit, molasses, sugar and a hint of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and syrupy thick, and the taste picks up the fruits and sweet syrup of the nose, with the bite of the alcohol as the beer warms. Finish is warming and a little thick-mouthed. Not a bad beer overall.
mikeyo1 (871) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle @ home. Clear dark red / brown and a lasting biege head. Malty sweet aroma, caramel, grainsbiscuits, wood, toffee, pine, passion fruit, dark fruits, some alcohols. Taste is similar and with lots of caramel and bittering hops hitting you instantly and a big mouth feel. Aftertaste is dry bitter and woody.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
XI Bottle -- Dark brown and read body. Medium light brown head. Good malts and mollasses in the aroma, some plums and raisins. Sharp hops and carbonation in the initial taste. Some interesting citrus accents as well. Spicy initial pallet which calms down to a nice carbonated sweetness in the end. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2009
"XV" bottle. Poured a dark, cloudy rusty brown with a frothy beige head, leaving spotty lacing. Promising marmalade aromas--peach, pineapple, apricot, orange amid toffee malts. However, the citrus and fruit notes in the aroma didn’t seem to show up in the flavor, which is defined by bold toffee malt that’s cut by a hop bitterness of mainly sharp pine. Has an initial detergent-like aftertaste, but this dissipates as the beer warms and the booze becomes more prevalent. I’ve had barleywines that I’ve enjoyed more than this, but overall not bad. 48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
12oz. XVII version. Certainly won’t be confused with a good English Barleywine. This beer is all over the place and really does not hit any marks well. Pour is ok but the nose is a bit hoppy and not very malty. Taste shows this imbalance even more. No need for me to have another one of these.