mikeyo1 (816) - 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. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
bottle from utah liqour store haahahaha this state is stupid... (XIII) Thin yellow head, brown mirky golden body with a sweet syrupy alc nose, strong dry finish, woody and warming, sweet and tangy, standard barley wine, but exta-ordinary for being from utah i suppose bbbeer (811) - 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. SamTheBarrel (801) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
330ml brown bottle, with a retro looking label, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is cloudy amber with a medium size khaki colored head, when recuded left a lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Flavours of grapefruit, resin, caramel and lemon cest. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. Overall a great Barley Wine. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2009
10/10/2009. XVI Anniversary. 12oz bottle. Brilliant lambent cherry red with a tight off-white head. Malt and alcohol meld well in the mouth, giving off a hints of a well doused Christmas cake. Clean ferment - very American - and hops are certainly there but are rather muted (and don’t shout any descriptor other than ’hop’ at me). Dry bitter finish. As I get into it the bitterness really comes through, and it’s drier than a Canterbury plains in the summer. Nice beer, and it’s superbly well made, but is a little too clean and dry in the finish to make it the pleasant sipper I’d want at 10.4%.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Mahogany colored with a layer of sudsy tan foam and bubbles. Mild notes of citrus, caramel malt, dark fruits and pine resin in the aroma. Taste opens up with a fair amount of toasted malt, caramelized sugars and toffee along with some raisin and citrus rind toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of creaminess and low carbonation. Definitely on the hoppier end of the spectrum for a Barley Wine. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Sampled as XI (2004), Bottle: Heavy grapefruit and citrus aroma, hints of butterscotch and pears, distinct floral hopping; thin and dry, substantially bitter and rough throughout; simple malt profile heavy on carmelized toffee and hotly alcoholic flavor (1 yr old?!?) ; harsh and unrefined. Frothmeister (792) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed garnet with a tan head. On the nose, resinous hops, dark dried fruits, faint molasses, and a very light note of cocoa. Taste wise, sweet and full bodied with a load of resinous hops, lots of sticky dried fruit notes, and light hints of dark coffee that head into toffee, a big whack of resinous hops, faint earthy notes with some molasses, and some mineral bitterness in the long malty resinous finish. In the world of barley wines, this isn’t terribly complex, but it’s SO goddamn tasty, so right now, who cares about complexity! sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 [Bottle, marked XV. Bottled 11/12/08 and consumed on 02/28/09] Pours red with a small, lingering beige head. Aroma is quite sweet, with a lot of strawberry jam, some solid malt and a hint of lemon zest. Good. The taste is fairly sweet with restrained bitterness, alcohol, fruitiness, chocolate,and caramel. Excellent. Pretty good mouthfeel, qutie smooth and has a nice finish. So rounded and smooth. A joy to drink, and very, very well done. Old Rating: 8/4/9/5/17=4.3. Re-Rate: [Bottle, XIV] Biggest difference is that this one is somehow significantly hoppier, and much more prominent malt than the XV, despite being a year older. Slight oxidation, but not too bad. Not quite as well rounded as the XV, and clearly starting to decline. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
X 2003 10th anniversary bottle. Dark brown-amber, hard to see through, very nice head that dissapates and laces. Malty candy-citrus alcohol hops aroma. Begins malty, somwhat sweet and then astringent with hops alcohol in a bitter finish. Not as complex as one expects a top-notch BW to be, a good effort though.