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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2008
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very small head. Cloudy inside the dark color. No lace to speak of. Very thick pour. Aroma is all caramel and malt, with a pleasant, slightly crisp character. Flavor follows through with the caramel from the aroma but with a nice balancing hop bite. Finish is sweet, but not cloying, leaving a very pleasant caramel note to play off the notable alcohol presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 03/22/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark ruby red, wispy tan head,
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma with a light sweet fruity character,
Flavor: dark caramel flavor with a sticky sweetness, lots of earthy character keeps it somewhat dry, light fruity character, lasting earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coastie (14) - Carrollton, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a deep copper color with a small, beige head. Great aroma. Slight alcohol taste but not overwhelming at all. Great barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor is somewhat sweet with some dark fruits like raisins present. There is also a citrus presence with this one. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Overall a very nice barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle 481. Appearance: Pours a dark garnet-hued body with a small, beige head. Smell: Aroma of dark caramel, citrus, and candied raisins with some of that 11% abv being evident. Taste: Toasted caramel maltiness with a strong hit of sweetness. Some of those dried fruits and citrus fruits from the aroma make an appearance, but they are eclipsed by the sweetness and alcohol. A moderate hop bitterness does what it can to buck the firm malt backbone. Warming, bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Alright for a slow sipper, but I’d recommend holding onto it longer if you have a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Thanks to butters for bringing me this one. I was planning on holding it for a while, but with Williamsburg’s recent run-ins with infections, I figured I better go for it before things start to go downhill. Hopefully those issues have been taken care of, but now at least I don’t have to worry. Pours a deep amber with a significant reddish hue, slight head fades slowly, and ultimately totally. Aroma is rich caramel malt with some citric hops in the background. Flavor is a match. Alcohol warms, but doesn’t leap out. Good bitterness on the finish to balance out the big malt load. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, roasty, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, nutty, toasty, caramel, and a bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BCMike22 (91) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured into glass snifter. Light golden brown color, fairly opaque. Sharp nose with some alcohol present. Spicy, lots of flavors going on. Tart aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle # 0481: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white wispy white head. Aroma of sweet, sugary caramely malts and lots of light frutiy esters. Body starts fairly full and earthy dark caramely malty sweet before a drier bittersweet finish. A decent barleywine, but could use some time to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle 476 of 2007 - poured orange out of bottle but cloudy in glass - small head. Smells boozy - tastes of orange rind and alcohol. Billed as a barley wine but tastes more like an IPA on steroids - in other words, less of an emphasis on malt and more on hops - and not much subtlety going on with the abv% - this is high octane and tastes/smells like it - maybe this would be bettered aged a while, but I like a lot of their other offerings a lot better.

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