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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep, mahogany color, rich malt candied, rock sugar flavors with sweet burnt currant and fig aromas. Itís strong alcohol content is tempered by a clean bitterness and complex flavors. This Barley Wine is named for Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General (1850 to 1851) and surprisingly the name of the alley along-side the 21st Amendment on 2nd Street.Ė


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Tiny can at home. Undeniably a cool concept, with the energy drink sized cans of barleywine. This is very much an American barleywine -- lots of hop aroma and dank resin. Sweet malts all over the place make this like a free-for-all in the glass. Fun and a little crazy, like the best people in the world.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1101) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Aromas of tropical hops, fruit punch, hop oils, resin, toffee, caramel malts and grain malt. Pours crimson/copper with a thin white foam. Taste is bitter hops, resinous hops and hop oils upfront followed by toffee, caramel, amber malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars and slight plum juice. Finishes bitter with harsh resin and hop oils as well as boozy. Overall, very solid offering with a superb hop profile.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark golden amber color with ruby edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Earthy and leathery malt aroma with a surprisingly strong floral and citrus hop presence. Citrus and tropical fruit notes along with hints of leather and dark fruit. Slightly earthy and oily with some mango, pineapple and grapefruit followed by toffee, caramel malt, raisin and fig. Interesting take on the American barleywine style. Iím used to a ton of hop bitterness in this style but this is dank and floral with a surprising amount of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. Thereís still some dry, resinous bitterness but hints of grapefruit, papaya and orange peel balance things out. Earthy malt backbone with hints of leather, caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes. Some plum, raisin and date add a vinous character that compliments the sweetness. The high ABV is very well masked with only slight heat, making this strong beer dangerously drinkable. My only complaint, and itís not a minor one, is that the bitterness and tropical fruit sweetness overwhelm the barleywine characteristics. A bit too sweet and in my opinion needs more heat and malt flavor. Otherwise, itís a pretty solid, enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Poured from can thanks Willrunforbeer nice red color with a one finger off beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and currant. Taste is malty with a hint of bitterness in the finish with a nice lingering alcohol note.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12776) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2015
8.4 oz can [from trade with jtclockwork, thanks]. Nice red color, medium sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweet malts, lightly a hint of sugar, alcohol. Sticky texture, medium to full body, average carbonation. Meh.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Can. Iím surprised how sharp the hops still are since Iíve had this for probably a year or so. Itís a good thing too with the heavy malt character this has. The pour is a murky brownish color with streaks of amber and a loose foam on top. The alcohol shows and pushes this on the sweet side with big caramel, brown sugar, and candied fruit flavors. Firm bitterness counters that punch some but the end result is still a sticky sipper Iím not sure I like. Maybe itís just not a beer to age. Admittedly barleywine is not really my style anymore.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
8.4 fl oz can at RBAG 2015. Clear brown color, has a small ring of white head. Typical barleywine nose of caramel and toffee with hop hints. Taste follows with caramel, toffee and hops. Bitterness was medium, late alcohol. A pretty good barleywine, decent balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Mini can shared at RBAG 2015 by Sid. Fruity caramel, lightly hoppy, finish is a bit boozy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (9539) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Can as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. The aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Thin mouth, strong caramel, figs, very boozy, decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2767) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2015
petite can - nose is typical. Sip adds more bitterness than I expect from the style. No overwhelmingly sweet. thatís an equation for balance.


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