15th Anniversary Ale | Climax Brewing Company

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15th Anniversary Ale15th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikeg67 on 03-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from swing-top bottle into a tulip glass in December of 2015.

I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to try this beer fresh. The beer was really lacking in carbonation, but was otherwise delicious. The swingtop bottle choice was a bad idea for that reason, because this beer was flat.

Otherwise, this was one of the fruitiest smelling and tasting barleywine I've ever had, and the beer really did not develop any bad flavors over it's five years in the cellar. Lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose and in the mouth. Some nice sweetness with the slight bitterness created good balance. Underlying flavors of dark fruit which always exist in a beer this old.

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Photo of JMBSH
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jbats
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a brown pour with mil signs of carbonation. smells of nuts, raisins, caramel, roasted grains. tastes HEAVY up front, very sweet, malty, nutty, raisins, dates.. medium-full body, very creamy, heavy alcohol warmth, slight hint of carbonation.

this is a reminder that i haven't had a barley wine in a while. very heavy, very malty and delicious. nicely done by my local brewery!

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper colors with minimal off white head leaving some mild lacing. Hard to get a good indication of the carbonation because the chalice was filled to the brim.

Aromas begin with a ton of malt and dark fruitiness. Toasted bread, caramelized dark malts and emerging alcohol notes. Citrus and floral hops are more evident as it warms.

The tastes directly follow the nose with a solid toasted bready malt, dark caramelized malts and some dark fruitiness. Fruitiness also includes some apple, prunes and dark cherry but all are second fiddle to the copious amounts of caramel and lighter toffee maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is fairly sweet and caramel malt forward but thankfully there is some light hop balance to prevent it from being cloying.

Overall this is a very nice example of an American barleywine that has mellowed since it's release last March. I am glad I have a bottle in my cellar right now because I can see this developing even further over time and be at it's prime in about a year when all the booziness will have dropped out. Still tasty as heck now and another solid offering from a great local brewery.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade into a goblet.

A: Hazy blood-orange body; thin tan head; mediocre retention and lacing. Ok.

S: Intense balance of sweet candied fruits and piney hops. Moderate booze. Solid.

T: Bready, toffee malt up front, followed by sugared dates, piney hops, and some alcohol heat. Strong, bittersweet finish. Powerful and enjoyable.

M: Creamy, frothy, slightly sticky full body. Big and pleasant.

O: Very good, very American barleywine. I'd drink it again.


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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BoringBunny
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade in Brooklyn, probably my favourite beer-bar in the five boroughs. Also, excitingly, I think this was my first beer from New Jersey. The state's oldest craft brewery, and their anniversary ale, no less, seemed like an appropriate starting point.

Pours a red-brown hue with a fine head, that ultimately resorts to being a ring of yellow white at the edges of the glass. No lace, but a full and heavy beer does that. And this is certainly a full, and heavy beer.

Nose is quite strong and boozy, with a touch of caramel and a light resonant hoppy bite. Some hops, but also a rather bready note. It has the strong, slightly toasted grain characters I associate with an Old Ale. Not bad though.

Taste is smooth and long, without being particularly complex. Some bready notes, and a sharp, slightly boozy, almost vinous or port-like character. Cherry comes through, along with a little wood, and a zing of acidity to set it off nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly bright.

Not a bad brew. I've had better barleywines, but this is a very decent one all the same. It lacks some of the complexity and smoothness of character, but it's an impressive beer to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a swing top which is really cool. It pours a nice copper color and due to it looking flat (like most barleywines) it could be confused with a glass of sherry at first sight. The smell would give it away though as dark fruits and alcohol dominate. The flavor is more complex with dark fruits and cognac-like notes, probably since I get some oak off of this. There's some bitter apple on the back of the palate as well and a lot of sweetness that borders on cloying. The label is right, this will be excellent after some cellaring. Perhaps a long nap will help alleviate some of the oiliness in the mouthfeel and increase the body. Yes, somehow this manages to be a little lighter in mouthfeel than a lot of barleywines AND be oily at the same time. I'm going to keep it in the fridge with the stopper firmly sealed for a while and see how it matures, but not too long...some oxygen has gotten in already.

REDUX: I've let it sit a little bit (2 months) and got a his when I popped the stopper. Should I be reassured that the carbonation is still there or concerned over what critters might be farting in my beer? We'll see. The nose has developed a butterscotch scent...possible diacetyl? Dark fruits and alcohol are still there, but the alcohol has relaxed. Slight improvement, but not enough to up the rating since I think I should have given it a 3.5 in the first place. It still smells very sweet, but that is in keeping with this style. The taste hasn't changed much at all, but the mouthfeel has lost the cloying oiliness, so I added a half point there. I wish I had another bottle to cellar for a year or three to see where this one goes as it underwent some obvious, positive changes after only a few months.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the swing-top a reddish copper with very little foam or apparent carbonation. There are very tiny bubbles stuck to the bottom of the snifter.
Smell is lots of fruit and very sweet. Cherries, raisins and dark malts.
Tastes very sweet and fruity. Lots of cherries, sweet malt, slight bit of oak, raisins and just a hint of charcoal. Lingering dark sweetness in the back of the throat. There's some hops here as well to give it some bite. Feels very dense and smooth. Very little carbonation.
A very well done barleywine. This would work really well with some dark chocolate for dessert.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle just released to the store. Pours deep amber with a short-lived, off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is bready, rich malt, cherry fruit and
hints of hops. Full body is sharp. Flavor is of rich, sweet malt, cherry, grapefruit and herbal hops. Massive, long, bitter finish. Excellent barley wine.

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15th Anniversary Ale from Climax Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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