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Against the Grain The Green Dragon
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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 115   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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This big barleywine is malty and chewy as well as packed full of aromatic and flavorful New Zealand hops. Over a ton of malt went into the mash on this beast. Pale malt forms the base and additions of wheat, Victory malt, and British caramel malt give a complex character that comes through as toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. A blend of Pacific Gem, Topaz, Wakatu, Motueka, and Nelson Sauvin hops lend notes of vanilla, tropical fruits, earthy spice, and citrus. There’s a lot going on here, just like in the Lord of the Rings. Take your time, and enjoy it all!


aenima's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aenima (242) - Askim, - MAY 6, 2013
One of the best barley wines I have had! Perfect balance between the bitterness and sweetness. The tast is a mixture of american hops and caramell, bread, bried fruits and raisins. Very good!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2014
draught@Erzbierschof - dark amber beer with a solid foam left; light flowery with a solid fruity hoppiness (quinces and peaches); full-bodied, some malt sweetness, rounded and velvety; long bitter almond finish with flowery and fruity notes - pretty nice one !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Clear dark amber color, small beige head. Fruity, a bit of Nelson Sauvin like exoticness. Medium to full-bodied. Quite a lot alcohol, fruity, not extremely bitter, a bit glueish at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2013

Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Red Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, orange, dark citrus, light grass. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark citrus - fruit, malty, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130504]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK. Tap, 050513. Brown with small head. Aroma of malt. Flavor with caramel, alcohol and fruit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2013
CBC 2013. Pours clear red brownish with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet a bit raisins malty almonds. Flavor is sweet fruity malty bitter; very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2043) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2013
On tap at Crowbar, july 9th 2013. Hazy red amber body, medium offwhite head. Malty aroma with raisins, pine, caramel, vanilla, taste is quite hoppy, grass, pine and dried fruit, with a sweet caramel malt backbone, chocolate and plums. Light bitterness, warming alcohol. Fruity and sweet aftertaste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3104) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
Poured a reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet malt and red berries. Medium body, flavour of the aroma with a sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1599) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2013
On tap @ In De Wildeman. Copper-red color, mostly clear. Light beige head with good lacing. Aroma’s: caramel, malt, resinous hops, nicely balanced. More resin, almost acidic retronasal. Flavor is bitter and moderately sweet, with a light acidity. Strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Long finish with a resinous, hop bitter flavor. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at PSBH, Manchester. Very hazy amber shade with a compact head and some lace. Big sweet berry aroma with an abundance of piney hops. Sticky and fruity on the tongue with a little toffee and burnt sugariness. More hops. Huge lingering finish. I think I’ll always prefer less hoppy barley wines but this is a lovely sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4954) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2013
Tap @ in de wildeman. Clear copper color, short off-white head. Aroma of lots of biscuity malts, cookie, caramel, some special b probably to get raisin and some roast, piney hops. Medium bitter taste, some sweetness. Would love to have this aged from bottle.


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