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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Celebrating the Grand Illumination of Williamsburg each year, our Barleywine style ale is a massive 11% offering that takes us over 5 hours to boil. The long boil time creates a bold caramel tone and is balanced with our signature Amarillo/Cascade hops blend. Limited edition of 2007 bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich tan head and mahogany color. Great head retention for alcohol. Aroma is dark fruit, medium malt-sweet. Taste is dark fruit, medium malt-sweet/some chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Medium body. Some DB character. Good effervescence. Sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5741) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle #390 or 2007. At first, the pour looks brunette and brown, but as it settles it moves to black with the slight but solid head demonstrating real staying power. The aroma is rich with beet sugar and a hint at the powerful kick. Rich, thick and viscuous to be sure, this is predominately sweet and over-the-top malty, with a tip of raisins and sweet fruits. (#3320, 2/11/2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle from Immy. Pours a dark ruby color with small off white head. Dusky earthy hop aroma with caramel notes mixed in. The taste was of earth and leather with some citrus notes. Medium sweetness. Chewy and malty on the palate. Bottle 407/2007

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Bottle labeled # 0399 / 2007. Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dry grassiness, husky, caramel, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of toffee, earthy, citrus, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Poured a murky chestnut color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, light cocoa, with a bit of roast. Taste of dried fruits, light caramel, citrus fruits, more raisins, and a bitter, sharp hoppiness, with some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a deep brown with lot of amber notes and a medium creamy bubbly off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, dried fruits, toffee, vanilla, light alcohol, sweet malts and some hops. Flavor of some hop bitterness, alcohol, earthy, caramel, toffee and some various dried fruits.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2008
(22oz bottle, #0652/2007, thanks mj) Cloudy dark brown body with small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, some grassy. Taste is moderately sweet, grassy/herbal, some astringency. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
22oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna. First hint of the nose and I’m thinking of the somewhat herbal mixture you get with cut grass and a freshly laid dog turd. Sounds crass but that’s honestly what it smells like at first. I guess after a little aeration the smell seems to improve, with some young, greenish hops showing through and a mildly acidic malt body. Seems to resemble a high gravity randomly spiced scotch ale, and the texture is a bit slick, twangy, and wet, finishing with a bit of a fuesal caramel malt flavor. Not exactly good, and this seems like it need more time to condition in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
22oz bottle, #0652/2007, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, murky cherry-brown color; khaki-colored head with solid lacing. Lots of spice in the aroma: cinnamon, allspice (almost pumpkin beer spicing), and a hefty amount of brown sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: sticky brown sugar, caramel, and candy sugar; quite sticky and a bit messy composition; some warming alcohol comes through, but integrated reasonably well with some residual sugar. Lengthy, sugary and dried fruit finish; some dry brown sugar coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Provided by mj. Hazy dark brown body with a small beige head. The nose is cookie dough, caramel, cola and light berry. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with brown sugar, cola, plums and very light citrus. Full body is round with light carbonation.

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