mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Poured of dark chestnut/orange hue with a luscious foamy tan cap. The nose is of burnt oranges, warm caramel malts with some heavy toasted breadiness with pungent hops that produce pine and citrusy overtones. Earthy notes sinder behind most of the hop twinge in the nose. My sniffer is having an orgasm! The taste started with hops up front, bittering with pine and dark citrusy stuff of orange and highly ripe peaches, malts play second fiddle with burntish caramel and toffee, crispy biscuit toasty edging, touches of chocolate, brown sugar, and then turns back to a hoppy finish of pine and citrus orange. The bottle says it’s at 10%abv but it doesn’t burn like it. I have a sixpack of the no. X that i’m laying down to age. I just hope I can keep my paws off for the next year or two. This is without a dobt one of the best barley wines that i’ve ever had. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours rich and latherous w/ a lofty head that sets like a lumpy pancake. Strong aromas at play w/ caramel upfront. Full and viscous w/ excellent carbonation. This brew is meaty. Generous malt offerings are recieved w/ open arms accompanied by strong hop bttering. Supreme balance is achieved. The finish lingers forever. Rich, malty, and hoppy. Nice! Malts settle fast and sturdy while hops finish hard, slashing like vikings.