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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This huge beer pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel with a nice maltiness and a touch of alcohol, as well as, some nougat notes. The flavor is very similar with a bit more bitterness and a little more alcohol showing through. What a great beer. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
taster at the brewery. Pours a honey gold color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet with caramel. Taste is that of a caramel malt bomb; lots of caramel, toffee, sherry and some biscuit. Palate is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering toffee. Overall: Very sweet, but there is a place in the world for sweet beers and this one should make the grade.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
On draught at Alpine. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an eggshell head. Aroma is resiny hops, caramel malts, and dark fruit. Sweet with hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and sticky. Very good American barleywine that isnít over-the-top bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (2110) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma: heavy, overripe fruit, alcohol. Appearance: hazy brown, small head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: massive sweets carry on, fruit liquor, port wine. Overall: very nice Barley Wine, very nice sweets in both aroma and palate. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine.

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 Hamlitonís. 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
   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.

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 OíBrienís: 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
PP SD Strong Ale Fest: tastes like carmel apples. this was like the best beer at the fest next to the kona BA. lots of carmel, lots of melted chocolate/carmel bar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 ***I have been informed that this brew hasnít been aged in the casks.... this is just a preview....so hopefully the beer to follow will be mind blowing.***** will probably bring this beer a little down rating-wise, but this was a little bit of a dissapointment. Sure it was 17% and you canít really tell, but as far as flavor goes, this seemed to be a little too young. LIke a fine wine, this brew, which was aged in Jack Daniels casks, needs at least another year to be as complex as is should be. Flavor was mild with a slight bitterness, but as with the olde school barleywine, will blossom.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: 8-oz. snifter From: Alpine Beer Company Pub Price: $6.00 Purchased: Oct. 4, 2014 Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014 Misc.: BA calls Good as 17 percent ABV, but I remember seeing it as 14 percent in the pub. Could just be this yearís batch. Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki cream head when I got it. Light streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.27) Smelled rye hops, sweetened iced tea, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, purple grape, light grape juice, plum, sugary candied lemon and some late booziness with big whiffs. (Smell - 4.15) Wow was my first thought with the taste. Then it was this might be the smoothest barelywine Iíve ever had, not even taking into the account of the high ABV. Pretty close to the smell. Candied sugary lemon, sweetened iced tea, plum, purple grape, caramel, toffee and crisp rye hops. (Taste - 4.45) Medium body. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. (Feel - 4.87) Just a fantastic barleywine. So damn smooth. (Overall - 4.55) 4.44 98 A


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