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RATINGS: 192   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2723) - 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 (4595) - 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 (3567) - 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 (80) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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 (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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

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