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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
On tap at Alpine Beer Co. Poured a nice orange color with little head. Smells of toffee and burnt sugar. Tastes of caramel, toffee, some dried fruits and a nice balance of hoppiness in the end. This is Good, but when it emerges from the barrels it becomes Great. The Great has much more sweetness and less hoppiness and tons of bourbon flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
On tap at O’Brien’s: Deep amber color with a fine, creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and fruity. Flavor starts over-ripe tropical fruit and caramel followed by orangy/citrus flavors and a lingering, dry orange rind bitter finish. Full body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, but gives a quick buzz.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
On cask at O’Briens in SD. Wow one of the best barleywines I have had, tastes like butterscotch. Pours a dark amber, very viscous. Thick mouth feel with little carbo. Taste of dark fruits, caramel malts and leaves a nice hoppy bitterness on the pallet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
On tap at O’Briens on a Friday. Dark brownish hues with a slight off white head. Full smooth body. Flavors abound with sweet dark malt and dried fruit. Toffee, caramel, and some vanilla. A bit of hop bite lurking in the back. Nice barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
On cask at O’Briens. Drank this while watching the Chargers choke it big time (again) in the AFC divisional playoff game 2010. I heard about this beer a long time ago, and I never had the chanced to try it at the brewery. Opaque bronze color, some light creamy head. Some chunks of yeast floating around from cask conditioning. Mellow aroma, with lots of grass and hops. Nice smooth tones of caramel malt show through. Nice balanced flavor, nothing to spectacular though. Medium bitterness, full coating body. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the high ABV!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
On cask at Obriens. Pours a dark orange hue with thin ring of dissipating white head, fairly cloudy. Nose is strong sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol warmth, lighter fruits and hops in the background. Flavor is young and a bit hot, sweet bread malts soaked in alcohol with hints of vanilla and wood hit the palate quickly leaving behind a stingy sensation of dark fruits coupled with apple a pearlike esters, moderate bitterness with a light citrus flavor fills out the sweet finish. Medium-full bodied, watery slick texture with minimal carbonation. This BA b-wine definitely needs more time in the barrrel, fusels are too hot and texture too thin, try again down the road.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Served on cask at Hamliton’s. The appearance is a rich flat black with no carbonation action. The flavors and aromas are rich with roasted malts, oak, prune, dark dried fruits, caramel, and cereal. The mouth is smooth but flat. A nice barley wine that I would enjoy a little more without the absence of carbonation from being on cask.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
On Cask @ Hamilton’s. Pours a deep cloudy caramel brown with a creamy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose starts with citrus and herbal hops, then gives way to vanilla, toffee, caramel, oats and candied dark fruits. Flavor is quite sweet with tons of caramel and toffee. Finishes almost cloying sweet with faint booze. Overall a pretty killer Barley Wine, very unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Poured on cask, fairly still pour, not a lot of visual active carbonation, thin white head, deep dark copper body. Nose of toffee, vanilla, pear, and feint flowers. Taste was silk in texture, small but nice alcohol heat, hints of cherries, vanilla bean, heavy bready and caramel body, flavors are all in harmony for it being such a big beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

opaque dark orange, fine beige head, big sweet fruity aroma with a peachy apricot character, rich malt flavor, well balanced with earthy hops, dry but with lots of fruity character, a few esters floating around, good but not great

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4


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